STUDEBAKER DRIVERS CLUB SAN DIEGO COUNTY CHAPTER VOL. 32 ISSUE 10 OCTOBER 2009
The Events Corner!!!
Hey there gang of Studebaker lovers, just wanted to fill you in on the happing's that are coming up! Mike
from "AES", that stands for Automotive Exchange and Supply. Will be the guest speaker at the meeting
on the 8th. They are easy to find on Twain, off of Fairmount, in the middle for the city. They are re
builders of starters, alternators, power steering pumps, gear boxes, power boosters, hydro vacs, water
pumps and most likely anything you bring them. They mentioned that they might bring a prize to the
meeting that we will raffle off. I do not want to spoil the suprise, but it is something that all our cars will
We are also getting close the the Beach Blanket Bingo bone fire at Shelter Island. Mimi is going to be the
host, the Packard club is also going to be there, so we had better have more Studebakers at the party
than Packards... Let go gang and get the Studes out there. All you need to bring is a dish to share, a coat
hanger for the marshmallows, chairs, toys to play with, call Mimi or e-mail her to RSVP...
To those going to Julian for the overnight with the Beach Cities Inland Empire gang, take notes and
pictures, it sounds like a really nice trip...
On to November... The meeting will be held at the Vista Steam and Power Museum. It is going to be held
on Saturday the 21st, Eric Groscup is the host for the event. He tells me that all is arranged, I will get
more information really soon. The 14th is the day of the Old World Show, at Huntington Beach, The BCIE
is sponsoring that event and I have heard that it is really worth the drive...
Looking to the future, we need a Host for the January event, We have on the books going to the car
museum, Only Yesterday, so who is going to step up to the plate and take the bull by the horns??? Let me
know, please please please...
Thanks and happy motoring, Chris, with the 61 Lark VIII Convertible
Coffee Chat Refreshments: Oct – Wayne & Melanie Smith
Quiz: The Studebaker model known in the U.S. as the Dictator was sold in Britain
a. Director d. Producer
b. Ambassador e. Executive
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President Bob Halgren firstname.lastname@example.org 619/697-6971
V President Brian Bennion email@example.com 619/997-8708
Treasurer Keith Rider STUDIERIDER@aol.com 619/276-2249
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Tour Master Colin Fort PO Box 939, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, 92007 760/753-5724
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National Director Colin Fort PO Box 939 Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007 760/753-5724
Zone Coordinator Jon Carter 12270 N 78th Place, Scottsdale, AZ 95260 480/951-2838
Calif Regional MGR Mimi Halgren 9350 El Tejado Rd, La Mesa, CA 91941 619/697-6971
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SECRETARY MINUTES FOR MEETING OF September 10, 2009
President, Bob Halgren opened the meeting at 7:00 P.M. Attendance sheet was passed around as well as the sign
up sheet for the picnic at Stude Acres. Copies of the new roster and event sheets were available. Howard and
Lupe Jones were guests.
Secretary, Ken Goldkamp mentioned that he had nothing to report. (there were cheers in the background)
Treasurer, Keith Rider gave his financial report for the month of August 2009: Opening balance was $ 5,069.68,
with a Closing balance of $ 5,760.68. Expenses for the car show were $1,754.27 and income was $2,451.50.
Net income from the car show was $697.23.
Brian wasn’t able to attend the Car Council meeting. Brian wants members to submit photos of their
cars for the club web site. At the next meeting bring your list of vendors for the clubs “Help Booklet”. Give Sid
Snyder a call if you need some technical help.
Jack Usher made up the placards for the car show. Bill Mills sent a check for $35 to support the car
show. We had almost a $700 profit. Suggestions are being solicited for the next car show. Suggestions were
made towards more judging categories, more food selection and more awards. Thinking about raising the
registration fee to $20 incorporating a late registration fee of $25. Maybe we can have dash plaques next year
and also have a ticket mixer for the drawings.
We are on for the zone meet in 2011. Beach Cities Chapter offered to host a zone meet in 2010 in
Ontario. 23 members at the meeting want to have a zone meet in 2011. Bob explained the workings of putting
on a zone meet. Mimi and Bob will look around San Diego for a venue for our next car show.
Bob would like to take some of the profits from the car show to donate to the Studebaker Foundation.
Membership voted to send a donation of $200 to the Foundation. The By Laws committee is going to meet on
September 20th at 1:30 P.M. Once the committee meets, a draft of the revised By Laws will be submitted to
Chris Jones reminded everyone about the clubs annual picnic at Stude Acres this coming Saturday. On
September 18th is the V8 engine assembly technical session at the Halgrens. The beach bon fire is on for ago on
October 10th near the boat ramp on Shelter Island. In November the club meeting will be held at the Vista
Steam & Power Museum. It will be a potluck.
Keith Wahl talked about the club attending the Jay Leno Show. Jan Leno is not a member of SDC and does not
currently own a Studebaker (though he may have owned one in the past). Terry Worster donated a Studebaker
model which Keith wants to present to Jay Leno along with an honorary membership to our chapter as well as a
paid membership to National. Keith would like every member to contribute a couple of bucks to cover the costs.
Today was SASSCO’s last day in business. Ed Reynolds has worked a deal to buy most of the
inventory. The upholstery items will be going to a new vendor in Colorado. Ed has to have everything out of
the building by January 31, 2010. Sometime in Januar y Ed will have a big sale. What isn’t sold will probably
go to the crusher (we are talking about body parts here). There is to be a big red barn sale up in Ramona.
Linnea Shoberg says that there are some 20’s Studebaker parts. She can email a copy of the list to those
Show and Tell
Bob Halgren had an example of a 7 year old water pump which had a defective impeller. The shaft was
not long enough for the impeller to properly pump water. He said to be cautious of 7 to 8 year old water pumps
even if they are NOS.
Keith Wahl recognized Bob and company for the help that was rendered to him and his Avanti at the
Brian exhibited a copy of the first issue of “Turning Wheels” where our own Karl Haas was the editor
(how about that!).
Ken Howell bought Howard Jones ’48 Stude. Ken is working on it.
Contest and Drawings
The answer to this month’s Stude Quiz was: “Sunshine Top” (I wonder who thought up that name?).
Ken Howell won the prize for having the correct answer.
Ken Howell won the 50/50 drawing of $37. (We’re going to start calling him Mr. Lucky)
John Hansen won the attendance drawing of $30.
The business meeting was adjourned at 07:58 P.M. and everyone repaired to refreshments
Kenneth Goldkamp, Secretary
28 September 2009
September sure went by in a hurry, with lots of fun
club events. Mike Anderson graciously hosted us at his new
house – what a place. Not only is the house beautiful, but he
has turned his back yard into a mini theme park. Thanks
again for hosting us Mike.
The following Saturday we had five clubsters (Sean
Colin Fort, Michele Silva, Tom Blaine, Bob Pardoe and Sid
Snyder) over for our V-8 engine assembly tech session. All
went well and we managed to assemble the crankshaft,
pistons, camshaft and gear, and oil pump into the block. We
even installed the oil pan and timing cover. Everyone had
the opportunity to get their hands dirty, use different hand
tools and torque nuts. Lots of fun.
The Sunday after our tech session Jack Usher, Wayne Smith, Gene Nagle, Brian Bennion and I
went over the Bylaws and discussed changes to make them work better for our club. Thanks to all of
them for sacrificing quality Charger football time for the sake of the club.
Mimi and I are over in Payson, Arizona right now having just enjoyed the Run to the Pines Car
Show in Pinetop, AZ. A beautiful spot and great show.
Make sure to mark your calendars for the 8th of October for our meeting. All are encouraged to
come in their ghoulish best attire. Wayne and Melanie Smith are bringing the dessert – they have
something special up their jack-o-lanterns!
On October 10th, at 5pm, we’ll have “Beach Blanket Bingo” time at the Shelter Island beach
seaward from the launch ramp. This is one of Mimi’s and my favorite spots. You can look at the
beautiful San Diego skyline and watch ships pass in the night. Plus, you’ll have an all natural, green,
organic hot dog and marshmallow dinner! What more can you ask for? See the Scoupe schedule for
more details. Also, please RSVP (Mimi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-697-6971) so we’ll know
how much food to bring.
Lastly, get out and drive your cars. Gas isn’t getting any cheaper and you aren’t getting any
Another great event at Mike Anderson's Studeacres
The party at Mike Anderson's was like a walk thru Disneyland.
There was the mine shaft with a rail track just like space mountain.
There was the magic castle, his house that came with teak
cupboards, a kitchen to die for, spotlight everywhere, and a heated
toilet seat fit for a queen or king. There is a mono rail, his zip line
that had its youngest rider ever, Sara Snyder who at age 5 flew
down the zip line like a seasoned pro, her sister Gretchen cheered
her on with her screams, Michele Silva just had to have a second
run at the line just so she could scream some more. There was
also "Its a small world", Mike's huge garage made us all look tiny,
that thing is 3 or 4 times bigger than my house. The outdoor
kitchen was fit for snow white and all her dwarfs, just what we need
to cook all the great things everybody brought. I also need to
mention that all the sides where wonderful, this club can really cook.
Thanks to all that showed up and pitched in
to help clean up, a special thanks goes to
Sid for his pre-party escape from the family
and help Mike warm up all the toys. We all
need to give Big Mike a standing ovation for
letting us take over his house, for one of the
better parties of the year. All of you who did
not make it should really, really try to get out
there next year, it is a slice of paradise.
Thanks again Mike.
I own a 1956 skyhawk that was made in Los Angeles and owned by a woman in San Diego
from 1956-1985 or so. It was midnight black, later changed to white. Just curious if anyone
in the chapter has any info on this rare car. Would appreciate any help at all. Greetings from
A `62 Turismo hood and fender for sale, $50.00 each. Good Shape.
Thomas Blaine- in Hemet (951) 956-8169 or tblaine@PROGRESSRAIL.com
Studebaker museum asks for you to help write history
● Studebaker National Museum is asking for your help to solve a mystery with a hearse in its
The museum's 1863 horse-drawn Studebaker hearse has a bullet hole in the side window.
Museum staff say they've been trying to figure out an explanation for the hole since they received the
hearse in the 70's, but they've had no luck. Now they're asking people to come up with a reason why
there's the bullet hole and who was in it.
Studebaker Exhibit Designer Don Filley says, "It's even more unusual in all actuality because it goes
in, but really doesn't come out. So whatever happens there was actually something in it to stop the
● All month they're asking people to write an obituary for the who you think is inside the casket.
In 500 words or less, write an obituary on who you think is inside the casket in the 1863 Studebaker
Hearse. The subject can be any Indiana historical figure no longer living. Entries should be in a
newspaper obituary format and sent to the Studebaker National Museum by fax (574-235-5522), mail
(201 South Chapin Street, South Bend, IN, 46601) or email email@example.com <mail
to:firstname.lastname@example.org> by October 26, 2009. Entries will be in two classes-18 and over
and 17 and under. One winner in each category will be selected and each winner will receive a $75.00
Museum Store Merchandise Certificate.
On your submission, please include your name, address, phone number, and age group. Winners will
be announced at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2009 at the Studebaker National Museum.
The Halloween exhibit and hearse may be seen through November 1, 2009 during regular museum
hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5pm. The Studebaker National
Museum is located at 201 S. Chapin Street in downtown South Bend. Admission is $8.00 for adults,
$6.50 for seniors over 60, and $5.00 for youth ages 6-18. For more information call the museum at
574-235-9714 or toll free at 1-888-391-5600 or visit our web site at www.studebakermuseum.org.
Studebakers Run to the Pines Mimi Halgren
The Run to the Pines Car Show takes place every
September in Pinetop, Arizona. Pinetop is about 7,000 feet
high up in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. Every
year about 600 exquisite, top of the line hot rods, classics and
customs convene to show off their stuff. Usually there might
be one or two Studebakers present. This year Malcolm
Stinson of Show Low encouraged Studebaker owners to join
the fun and 20 of us followed his advice. A good assortment
of Studes showed up including Malcolm’s ’28 roadster, Scott
Grainger’s M-16 2 ½ ton truck “Toto”, 4 GT Hawks, several R-Series pickups, a ’46 custom, a ’64
Lark, a ’63 Lark convertible, a ’80’s Avanti II, a ’58 hardtop Commander, two ’54 wagons, our ’50
Starlight Coupe and a gorgeous custom ’53 Coupe owned by the Espinozas. It was People’s Choice
voting and the ‘53 coupe ended up winning the division and we were lucky enough to snag Second
Place. Come join us next year!
Strange Things Often Happen When You Own a Vintage Studebaker
By Jim Weir
As a volunteer of twenty five years at the San Diego Air and Space Museum, I like my job very much.
I work in the aircraft instrument shop in the museum's restoration area. Most of the volunteers at the
museum are senior citizens with the average age of the guys somewhere in the area of 80plus years.
Not suprisingly, all this experience breeds a fair number of stories, which we swap around the lunch
table at noon on volunteer work days. The guys often share photos as well, of family, homes,
gardens, vacations, and even cars.
Although the group has always known that I own a Studebaker, love Studebakers, and speak
Studebaker, they often chide me about owning such an old car. When I explain that my 1964 Hawk
GT is not just an old car but a classic, they might look at me funny and mention their familiarity with
the 1950 bullet nose or the 1962 Avanti but not so often the Hawk featured in my photos of the various
parades in which I have participated.
As a surprise for my 85th birthday, my son Greg pursued an ad by a vendor in one the popular antique
auto magazines and presented me with a copy of the window sticker that was found on my car when it
was new forty-five years ago. Supplying the company with body and engine numbers was all it took to
add this finishing touch to my pride and joy.
This wonderful gift also allowed me to discover that my car was built at the Sturebaker assembly plant
in South Bend, Indiana in November of 1963, that it was overall sky blue in color and sported a black
vinyl roof, 289 cubic inch engine with two barrel carburetor, blue upholstery, radio, and heater. When I
purchased the care in 1985 it bore a metallic red exterior and the interior fabric had been painted red
to compliment the outside.
Sadly, when the car heated up in the hot southern California Summer, that upholstery paint tented to
soften and the transfer of paint between car seat and pants seat was just not acceptable. At no small
expense, I had the car repainted as it was originally and the interior was re-upholstered in the same
One day while passing my Studebaker pictures around the lunch table, the new museum curator and
director of restoation asked when my car was built. When I told him, “In the Fall of 1963,” je said, “I
may have worked on your car.” Turns out, as a nineteen year old, Terrry Brennan was laboring in the
Studebaker final assembly area and most likely performed one of the line functions on my Hawk as it
progressed through the factory.
We chatted further and I learned that his was a Studebaker family. Terry's dad purchased one of the
first Champions to roll off the assembly line following WWII and he owned a succession of them up to
and including the last, a 1964 Daytona convertible. He described the factory as a great place to work
for a young man, with union wages at the time totalling about $4.00 an hour, exceeding by far that
which could be earned anywhere else for similar work. Unlike what might be seen in the auto factories
today, the Studebaker employees at the time were hard working Americans who were dedicated to
turning out a quality product and most all seemed to drive the brand as well. “We were all deeply
saddened when the factory closed in December of 1966,” Terry said “knowing well that we were
witnessing the end of an era.” Today he still feels a tinge of regret over the closing and laments the
difficult time that fell upon South Bend as a result.
Years later, Terry married and he and his wife Patti raised two lovely daughters. Like all kids who their
teenage years, his girls wanted to drive and often asked their dad if he would buy them a Mustang or a
Camaro or another of the popular cars of the time. With a smile he would tell them that when the time
came he would only buy them a Studebaker. That was what he learned to drive in and they should do
The girls never got the Studebaker as teens but recently one of them asked their dad, who is a
reasonably competent amateur artist, to draw her the Studebaker that they might have been given in
another time and place. This he did for them, including a very special license plate, and he gave me a
copy of the drawing that I will share with the San Diego Studebaker Drivers Club at our next meeting.
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