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  • When should a Young Stude driver join the SDC?

    Since my son has a Studebaker and he drives it when his grades allow, should he have his own SDC membership? I think he may be ready at 16. Thoughts are appreciated.
    Jamie McLeod
    Hope Mills, NC

    1963 Lark "Ugly Betty"
    1958 Commander "Christine"
    1964 Wagonaire "Louise"
    1955 Commander Sedan
    1964 Champ
    1960 Lark

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    I would sign him up as soon as he expresses interests in Studebakers. I don't think 10 is to young.
    If your son can drive I'd sign him up now.
    Gary Sanders
    Nixa, MO

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    • #3
      Yesterday.

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      • #4
        A membership sounds like a good Christmas present to me.
        TDITS The Dude In The Stude

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        • #5
          I think he is ready now. The impressions that can be made, by the help of the members, will last. Be sure you suggest he have a window sticker showing he is a club member. I remember my first "by mail" club sticker on my 51 Chevie.

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          • #6
            If I was aware of SDC when I had my first Stude, I would have had a lot more support and probably still have the car. If he likes Studes, he deserves to be a member.
            Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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            • #7
              I did not have a Studie when I was sixteen, but joined anyway. I am now 60. If he has the car, drives it and likes it; Why not? It took me 30 years to get my first Studebaker, still have it.
              1957 Studebaker Champion 2 door. Staten Island, New York.

              "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." -Albert Einstein

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              • #8
                As soon as he earns it. By that, I mean, even as a gift...if he appreciates and shares your interest...he has earned it. I have always figured that being a member of the SDC is a family affair. I have always considered that if someone in a household joins, their family becomes SDC members, especially the wife and kids. However, any youngster, that is growing up, can benefit from any thing that supports his individual identity.

                You could gift him his first membership with the understanding that he maintain his dues going forward. I truly believe that the earlier in his development that he gains a sense of identity with an added no-nonsense expectation of responsibility...the more secure he will be in his maturity. I wish that my father and I could have had enough harmony in our relationship to have had a common pursuit. We made peace before he passed, but it was a bumpy road. All the best to both of you.
                John Clary
                Greer, SC

                SDC member since 1975

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                • #9
                  My grand son Clayton has been a member since he was 6 he has always loved the Studebakers I have at home and at the shop, he never wanted to be a 1/2 member or a student member but his own full member where he got his own turning wheels, he has been to more International meets and Zone meets than most adults, he is 16 now and is working on getting his license then says he want the blue coupe, the 64 GT super hawk, the 67 Avanti, and the 63 standard R-1 clone, I told him no problem but lets first start you with the silver 62 GT. here is a picture of his first one at age 3.


                  here he is checking out a 289, figures it should have the power he needs


                  here he is after we got home from South Bend one year and he drove it on the Salt Flats track 75 miles per hour age 11


                  here he come now.


                  his favorite the 64 super hawk



                  So as you can see it is never to early to fall in love with Studebakers, start them young and give them a reason to want them for ever.
                  Candbstudebakers
                  Castro Valley,
                  California


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                  • #10
                    To paraphrase Freewheelin Franklin: A Studebaker will get you through times of no money, better than money will get you through times of no Studebaker!
                    Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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                    • #11
                      Sign him up now. He will love getting the magazine every month.
                      Jon Stalnaker
                      Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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                      • #12
                        have him sign on to this website and see the club in action....He'll probably be more interested in this media anyway....its the future....

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                        • #13
                          I agree with Bob. But it sometimes skips a generation.
                          My kids are just not into cars! And my oldest Son is 32 today.
                          But I hope my grandchildren are???
                          I have bee n trying to find my grandson a Studebaker pedal car on ebay.....but they have all been well out of my price range.
                          Good Roads
                          Brian
                          Brian Woods
                          woodysrods@shaw.ca
                          1946 M Series (Shop Truck)

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                          • #14
                            He's lurked here quite a bit, been to some Stude events and really enjoys them. I guess I'll sign him up for Christmas. It seems that most of his Christmas will be Stude related anyway. Gotta have parts and then more parts.........
                            Jamie McLeod
                            Hope Mills, NC

                            1963 Lark "Ugly Betty"
                            1958 Commander "Christine"
                            1964 Wagonaire "Louise"
                            1955 Commander Sedan
                            1964 Champ
                            1960 Lark

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by starliner62 View Post
                              Gotta have parts and then more parts.........
                              If he realizes this, then he is a Studebaker kinda guy.....
                              Joe Roberts
                              '61 R1 Champ
                              '65 Cruiser
                              Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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