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    Met a man yesterday who asked if we had ever driven our car up "Studebaker Hill" in Indiana. Can someone fill me in on "Studebaker Hill?"
    Tim-'53 Starlight Commander Custom and '63 Avanti in Yuma, AZ

  • #2
    Every hill in Indiana is a Studebaker hill

    I wonder if they are talking about the hill used for the Newport Hill Climb.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by paintim613 View Post
      Met a man yesterday who asked if we had ever driven our car up "Studebaker Hill" in Indiana. Can someone fill me in on "Studebaker Hill?"
      Most likely referring to the second highest point in St. Joseph County, Indiana, but what it's called often depends on what generation you're from!!!

      To youngins' it may best be known as "Bendix Woods County Park" others "10 Mile Hill" ..."Bosch Proving Grounds" ...and to some of us Geezers from South Bend who travel IN S.R. 2 as "Studebaker Hill" or simply ...the old Studebaker Proving Grounds.


      • #4
        Is there a ski resort at Studebaker Hill?

        After visiting that part of the country, I came to the conclusion, that if automobiles had been manufactured in the mountains of Appalachia or the Rockies...brake and suspension design would have been much more advanced from the beginning!
        John Clary
        Greer, SC

        SDC member since 1975


        • #5
          Originally posted by jclary View Post
          [B]Is there a ski resort at Studebaker Hill?<<<

          I took my first Downhill Skiing lessons on "Studebaker Hill" and skied there for many years during the '70s before "graduating" on to the mountains of Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California ...then on to the world's tallest mountain (Mauna Kea 33,476 ft.) in Hawaii!!!

          I'd guess by the early '80s Downhill skiing was discountued on "Studebaker Hill."

          Believe Cross-country skiing is all that is offered now.
          Last edited by Welcome; 12-19-2011, 12:14 PM.


          • #6
            Yep: For many years, I've heard of the long hill along Indiana State Road Two west of South Bend, right in front of the former Studebaker Proving Ground, referred to as Studebaker Hill. It makes sense, since the entire length of the hill is also pretty much the extensive Proving Ground frontage along SR 2.

            And it is long! In the summer of 1963, cousin George Krem and I had parked his 1958 Commander hardtop (overdrive; two-tone silver and grey) near the top of the hill, which is the west end of the Proving Ground frontage, along the side of westbound S.R. 2. We then scampered across all 4 lanes of traffic to get to the south side of the road.

            We parked there because it is/was a lightly "populated" area of the fence/grounds and had a large culvert running under the fence. The culvert was dry enough that we could enter the Proving Ground through the culvert, under the fence. Then we walked and walked east within the Proving Ground, mostly downhill, of course, until we got to the more populated test areas of the garages and high-speed oval on the east end of the Proving Ground facility.

            That's when we were caught after sitting maybe a half-hour in the lower branches of a lone tree on the NW corner of the high speed oval. We were subsequently escorted out by our Studebaker employee / captors in the first Avanti we'd ever been helluva "police car" for our trip to the Main Gate!...where we were summarily discharged without further ado.

            At that point, it was about high noon and hot. We could barely see George's Commander 'way up the hill on the other side of the road. We nonetheless made the trek back up Studebaker Hill on Indiana Road 2 to George's Commander, still grinning from ear to ear about our first ride in an Avanti...but dehydrated to the point that the first stop was somewhere for a tall drink. BP
            Last edited by BobPalma; 12-19-2011, 07:06 AM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by paintim613 View Post
              Met a man yesterday who asked if we had ever driven our car up "Studebaker Hill" in Indiana. Can someone fill me in on "Studebaker Hill?"
              We don’t have a Studebaker Hill in California BUT we do have Studebaker Road in Long Beach.

              I did not take this image. Credit goes here.
              Last edited by JL Jacobson; 12-19-2011, 07:29 AM.