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  • Local News Article: Indy Honor Flight & Studes (See Post #16)

    Jim Turner advertised in his Stove Huggers topic saluting Veterans on Veterans Day, that Studebaker convertibles would be the sole transportation for The Indy Honor Flight Unit in the 2013 Indianapolis Veterans Day Parade, as they were last year.

    To that end, Jim recruited four additional Indy Chapter SDC Members to provide Studebaker convertibles for the event. Weather for this year's parade did not promise to be as pleasant as last year; we knew it would be chilly and overcast, with a threat of rain. Jim assured us he would be bringing his 1952 Commander State convertible, top down, so he would be sharing the pain if the weather was inclement. Yessir, all for one and one for all; we're all in this together! What a guy!

    Well, if you know Jim, he wants to be Dictator...and today at least proved he would be a good politician...you know, do as I say, not do as I do. After all four buddies showed up in their Studebaker convertibles with blankets, heavy coats, a case of gas-line anti-freeze and another of windshield / lock de-icer to divvy up among themselves, and scrapers to chip ice from inside their windshields should the occasion arise, who arrives last to the party but The Great Organizer Jim Turner himself, toasty warm in his tight, secure, enclosed:



    ....tendering some lame excuse about his '52 Commander Convertible having mysteriously developed starter trouble, rendering it unavailable for parade duty today. When one of the guys actually believed that story, Jim tried to sell him the Brooklyn Bridge!

    Once the laughter and guffaws subsided, we got on with the day's happy "work," escorting World War II Veterans who had taken one of the three-to-date Indy Honor Flights to Washington DC. This brave soul held the banner leading the unit. (He had help when the parade stepped off):



    The staging area was packed:






    You can see Jim Turner far back in the red shirt in the above photo. He stood near the armament on the theory that we wouldn't harrass him too much about having a warm car, lest he detonate the device.

    Bringing up the rear of the unit were individual volunteer marchers carrying large posters of persons who had gone on an Indy Honor Flight, but were unable to attend the parade:



    Individual Studebaker convertibles in the parade included the following, in order.

    First unit was Bob Fox in his pretty red 1960 Lark VI convertible with Flightomatic:



    If you think a 1960 Lark VI convertible with Flightomatic was the slowest Studebaker in the parade, you would be wrong! That honor belongs to Lanny Bertram in his virtually all-original (yes, paint and top!) 1950 Champion Convertible with Automatic Drive:



    Lanny reports it is easy to drive that '50 in parades...when it is loaded down with passengers, he just puts it in gear and floors it! He says it keeps right up with everybody in the parade that way.

    (Seriously, Lanny owns two Studebakers. His other one is a 1963 Lark Custom 2-door with a warmer-than-stock R2 and 4-speed! Those are the only two Studebakers he owns. Can you imagine owning two Studebakers so different in their ability to accelerate? I'll bet he has to be real careful moving the Lark around in the garage after he has driven the Champion for awhile! )

    Next in the parade was Howe Clark and his pretty black 1962 Daytona convertible. It's a 4-speed. I don't envy Howe, driving a 4-speed in a parade:



    After Howe was yours truly in my 1964 Daytona Convertible. It's little 180 HP 259 with Flightomatic just loves parades; idles smooth the whole way and never misses a lick. (It doesn't hurt to have one of Phil Harris' modified MoPar high performance fuel pumps on it, either. It used to try to vapor lock on occasion, but nary a burp since I installed one of Phil's big MoPar pumps):



    Volunteers carried large posters of each veteran alongside the car in which they were riding. Here's a photo of one of the Veterans riding with me, with his WWII Service Photo that will be carried beside the car during the parade by the lady holding it, known as his Guardian:



    And another photo, this one with all three posters of all three Veterans:



    Overall, it was a great day. We dodged the rain bullet; it started raining a couple hours after the parade ended. We had a fright about twenty minutes before the parade stepped off, however; a distinct, modest drizzle that lasted a couple minutes and then thankfully quit.

    No precipitation whatsoever once the parade stepped off, although it remained chilly and overcast. We had blankets for each Veteran in the convertibles...although, of course, the Veteran riding with Jim Turner was toasty warm in an enclosed car with the heater blasting away.

    As for Jim Turner, all in good fun among friends....well, as soon as our extremities thaw! (I now have a comeback when he posts a snide remark about used car dealers; I can question what kind of fellow would set up his buddies for severe frostbite and then show up in an enclosed car?) BP
    Last edited by BobPalma; 11-22-2013, 03:31 PM. Reason: spelling
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

  • #2
    Bob, be thankful for the weather you did have. Rain and this afternoon, snow in Chicago southland. Saturday and Sunday were two very sunny days, but today was a lead for winter coming. I'm glad to see you guys honored the WWII Vets today and also with the Indy Honor Flights. Those Vets are truly a special Band of Brothers that sacrificed much for us all.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by plwindish View Post
      Bob, be thankful for the weather you did have. Rain and this afternoon, snow in Chicago southland. Saturday and Sunday were two very sunny days, but today was a lead for winter coming. I'm glad to see you guys honored the WWII Vets today and also with the Indy Honor Flights. Those Vets are truly a special Band of Brothers that sacrificed much for us all.
      You bet, Paul.

      As I said, looking at the weather radar, I know: Even though we dodged the bullet, we were darn close to its trajectory! BP

      We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

      Ayn Rand:
      "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

      G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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      • #4
        Great story and report, Bob. What a great operation!

        As an aside, if the link works, here's a story about the flight out my area (Syracuse NY):

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weFaDzTOI4o&sns=em




        Bob Andrews
        Proud NON-CASO

        I do not prize the word "cheap." It is not a badge of honor...it is a symbol of despair. ~ William McKinley

        If it is decreed that I should go down, then let me go down linked with the truth—let me die in the advocacy of what is just and right.- Lincoln

        GOD BLESS AMERICA

        Ephesians 6:10-17
        Romans 15:13
        Deuteronomy 31:6
        Proverbs 28:1

        Illegitimi non carborundum

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        • #5
          Thanks, Bob; the link works fine. Great story; good report.

          There is another one, equally nice, circulating about a Phoenix AZ Honor Flight. BP
          We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

          Ayn Rand:
          "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

          G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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          • #6
            Thanks for posting Bob. That smile on Lanny's face reveals all we need to know about how proud he really is of that mild mannered Champion. It is as bright as the chrome on the front. It also tells me how much he enjoyed the company of those wonderful heroes.
            John Clary
            Greer, SC

            SDC member since 1975

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            • #7
              Jim deserves a LOT of praise and credit as he works hard to see that our vets get to go on Honor Flights. Of course he has a lot of help and there are Honor Flights all over the country.

              Thanks Jim and your friends that take the time, trouble, and expense doing this and also to Bob and the other guys that offered their time and convertibles to honor the vets in this parade.

              There have been times when we are out for a meal and we see service people in the restaurant we will pick up their bill. And we try to take various vets out for a meal on this day each year but didn't get it done this day so Lark you and Barb are up for a delayed one next time we get together.

              Ted

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              • #8
                Thanks for posting the photos Bob! As for my 52 starter troubles, BELIEVE me! I'd rather have driven it! MUCH more personable to the crowds!
                Just got back from the "Undefeated" Indiana Pacers game. At halftime, we were escorted down on the court, had to wait while 40 Air Force Cadets were sworn in as NEW members of the United States Air Force! Then we took to the court, with a DVD of several of the photos of our flights playing on the "BIG" scoreboard.
                The Indiana Pacers announced each and every Veteran by name, rank and branch of service (all 15 of them) to a cheering crowd!
                Here are a couple photos from the court!DSC09378.jpgDSC09377.jpgDSC09379.jpg

                The large posters are blow ups (courtesy of Walgreens) of our Veterans as they looked in WWII, they are a big hit with the Vets!
                We were in a suite, courtesy of the Pacers! great food, drinks and seats!

                A BIG Thanks to the Indiana Pacers for their hospitality

                I would also like to thank Bob Palma, Bob Fox, Lanny Bertram, and Howe Clark for bringing out their convertibles today and driving some of our Heroes through the parade!

                We are already talking about maybe 10 cars (All Studebakers of course) for next year!!

                Jim

                The guy in the last picture in the red shirt just to the right of the Indy Honor Flight banner is John Cimasko, AKA "Jersey Johnny" He is on WIBC 1070 The Fan on the weekends. Johnny followed the Colts from Baltimore to Indy and fell in love with the city!
                Last edited by 52 Ragtop; 11-11-2013, 10:22 PM.
                "We can't all be Heroes, Some us just need to stand on the curb and clap as they go by" Will Rogers

                We will provide the curb for you to stand on and clap!


                Indy Honor Flight www.IndyHonorFlight.org

                As of Veterans Day 2017, IHF has flown 2,450 WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Veterans to Washington DC at NO charge! to see
                their Memorials!

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                • #9
                  As an Honor Flight Guardian I say a big "Thank You" for your support. The pictures are awesome.
                  Dan

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                  • #10
                    Thanks, everyone. I should have made it clear in the OP that Jim Turner's Avanti was, in fact, the last Studebaker unit in the Indy Honor Flight contingent. There were five cars in the Indy Honor Flight unit; all Studebakers.

                    We couldn't locate any WWII Veterans with enough agility to negotiate positioning themselves in an Avanti's rear seat, but one lucky Honor Flight Veteran rode "shotgun" with Jim. For all the raspberries we gave Jim, we are all thankful for the opportunity to serve our aging World War Two Veterans. The Veterans thoroughly enjoyed it.

                    The large parade front picture in this morning's Indianapolis Star thankfully shows the marchers carrying Honor Flight posters, similar to Photo #5 in the above report, here. No Studebakers are in the photo because, once the parade stepped off, the Honor Flight Unit spread out had there was more space between the various components.

                    I didn't count the number of units in the parade, but there had to be close to 100. Indy Honor Flight was right up front, so to speak, at Position #7! So it was significant that the newspaper chose the Indy Honor Flight unit to showcase on the front page. (Jim Turner must've "talked" to them, too! )

                    'Looking forward to next year...'checking out vintage snow tires, too, just in case! BP
                    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                    Ayn Rand:
                    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jclary View Post
                      Thanks for posting Bob. That smile on Lanny's face reveals all we need to know about how proud he really is of that mild mannered Champion. It is as bright as the chrome on the front. It also tells me how much he enjoyed the company of those wonderful heroes.
                      That's right, John; Lanny and Barb Bertram were tickled pink to find that car a couple years ago. Nelson Bove located it in somewhere in Colorado IIRC, where it had been stored indoors, inoperable, many years. He and Larry "Scotty" Scott from Cincinnati bought it, brought it back to the midwest, and got it running dependably, which Lanny reports is very true. Lots of patina; it is far from perfect, but few people would suggest restoring it.

                      It is an early-production car, likely one of the first 1950 Champions with Automatic Drive. It has a neat Automatic Drive streamer attached to the cowl firewall tag with one screw, something I had not seen before....or since.

                      Nels and Scotty did a wonderful job on the mechanical refurbishing; it runs and drives incredibly well...smooth as a baby's butt but not as smelly. BP
                      We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                      Ayn Rand:
                      "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                      G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                      • #12
                        I want to add my thanks to Jim and ALL the Honor Flight Crew for their dedication to a terrific program. They are the best!!
                        --lanny--
                        sigpic
                        Lanny & Barb Bertram
                        '63 Lark Custom R2 4spd
                        Indy Chapter SDC since 2000
                        Weaverville, NC

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                        • #13
                          It's kind of "Ironic" I got involved with the Honor Flight program after my dad passed away 2 years ago this coming February. He went on an Honor Flight through the AM Vets here in Indianapolis. After he passed, I contacted Grant Thompson whom had just started the Indy Honor Flight. My application as a Guardian is GAP-002.
                          Looking at the photo that Bob Palma pointed out, I am standing next to a torpedo. (I was offered that same Torpedo last year in trade for my 52, when I asked if it worked, I was told ONE time)!! Since my Father was a submariner all his life, I went over to thank those Veterans foir their service, mentioned to one that Dad was a member of the "Holland Club" (served on both the diesel and nuclear boats) Anyway, this guy asked what subs, I told him he retired off the SSN Scorpion about a year and a half before she went down. This guy had also served on the Scorpion, and asked what dad did. When I told him he was CPO in charge of the reactor room, He told me that he also work in the "nuke room" gave him Dads name and he said, WOW I remember him!
                          I was at a loss for words!
                          Just goes to show what a SMALL world we really do live in! He took my contact info, and said he'd give me a call and talk about Dad!
                          I also told him I have a copy of the "Official Findings" of why the Scorpion went down, but it has a LOT of big black marks throughout the pages! (censored) he told me that report is now declassified.
                          Declassified or not, we will probably never know the real reason why she went down!

                          Again a BIG thanks to ALL the Veterans, and also to Bob, Howe, Lanny, & Bob for helping us take these guys along the parade route! I'll be counting on you guys again next year, and ALREADY in the discussions are bumping up to 10 cars!
                          "We can't all be Heroes, Some us just need to stand on the curb and clap as they go by" Will Rogers

                          We will provide the curb for you to stand on and clap!


                          Indy Honor Flight www.IndyHonorFlight.org

                          As of Veterans Day 2017, IHF has flown 2,450 WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Veterans to Washington DC at NO charge! to see
                          their Memorials!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 52 Ragtop View Post
                            Looking at the photo that Bob Palma pointed out, I am standing next to a torpedo. (I was offered that same Torpedo last year in trade for my 52, when I asked if it worked, I was told ONE time!

                            Since my Father was a submariner all his life, I went over to thank those Veterans for their service, mentioned to one that Dad was a member of the "Holland Club" (served on both the diesel and nuclear boats) Anyway, this guy asked what subs, I told him he retired off the SSN Scorpion about a year and a half before she went down. This guy had also served on the Scorpion, and asked what dad did. When I told him he was CPO in charge of the reactor room, He told me that he also work in the "nuke room" gave him Dads name and he said, WOW I remember him!

                            I was at a loss for words!

                            Just goes to show what a SMALL world we really do live in! He took my contact info, and said he'd give me a call and talk about Dad!

                            Again a BIG thanks to ALL the Veterans, and also to Bob, Howe, Lanny, & Bob for helping us take these guys along the parade route! I'll be counting on you guys again next year, and ALREADY in the discussions are bumping up to 10 cars!
                            'Can't say we weren't warned! 'Happy to do it, of course.

                            Here's the photo to which Jim refers in Post #13:

                            We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                            Ayn Rand:
                            "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                            G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for taking such good care of those Vets !!

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