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1:00 pm Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball Game @ Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium
Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball Game @ Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Ticket cost is $12 per person, parking is $5.  The game is at 1, we will meet at 11 AM at the Mission exit of the 15 North frwy.  Take 15 North, exit Mission, turn right.  We[...]
9:00 am First Planning Meeting for Car Show @ Halgrens' home
First Planning Meeting for Car Show @ Halgrens' home
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
“On April 18th at 9AM we will have our first meeting to organize our Sept. 26th Cool Classic Car Show.  We need to make decisions so we can have flyers ready for La Palma.  The[...]
5:00 pm Studebaker Night at Cruisin Grand @ Grand Avenue
Studebaker Night at Cruisin Grand @ Grand Avenue
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Studebaker Night is Friday, April 24th from 5 PM to 7:30.  It’s always a good event, including some cars we don’t normally see as the Cruisin Grand people  put a note in their advertising about[...]

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TWO Fun Events in April — put them on your calendar

Be sure to plan on attending our two events in April this year:  Saturday, April 12th will be our annual trip to Lake Elsinore to watch a Storm baseball game at 1 PM.  Friday evening, April 24th will be our annual Studebaker Night at Escondido’s Cruisin Grand weekly event.

Here are the details for the Lake Elsinore baseball game:

Ticket cost is $12 per person, parking is $5.  The game is at 1 PM, we will meet at 11 AM at the Mission exit of the 15 North frwy.  Take 15 North, exit Mission, turn right.  We will meet at the end.  There is also a dirt lot to the right to park in to wait for all to arrive.

Please have your ticket orders and money to Michele St. Clair by April 4th so she can purchase all the tickets for the same section.

If any questions, call Michele 760-434-3510.

Send checks to Michele St. Clair, 3931 May Ct., Carlsbad, 92008

As for Cruisin Grand, Studebaker Night is Friday, April 24th from 5 PM to 7:30.  It’s always a good event, including some cars we don’t normally see as the Cruisin Grand people  put a note in their advertising about featuring Studebakers on that night!  We will all park on Broadway south of Grand.  From the 15 Freeway, take the Valley Parkway exit and go east, following the main route into town, which becomes 2nd Avenue.  Stay on your left on the one-way street and turn left on Broadway if there is a guy there to let you into the blocked off street, or go on down to the next block (Kalmia), or the next (Juniper) and turn left, then left into the alley to get back to Broadway.  Feel free to call Gene Nagle with questions:  858-335-3183.

 Thank You Letter from Homefront San Diego for our donation

For the second year this year, we donated all net proceeds from our Cool Classic Car Show to Homefront San Diego.  Here is their letter of thanks — see below for the first paragraph of the text as we couldn’t get the image of their letterhead to transfer into the website clearly.

Home Front letter 2014-page-001

On behalf of the San Diego Council of the Navy League and Homefront San Diego, thank you for your check dated October 7, 2014 for a total donation of $1417.77 raised at your 6th Annual Cool Classic Car Show at Spanish Landing held on September 27, 2014.  The San Diego Council is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization under the current IRS code, and our federal tax ID number is AB-95-3864195.  You have received no financial benefit or service from your gift, and again, we thank you for helping us to assist our San Diego military families.


Vehicle Storage for Rent in San Diego

Keith Wahl has vacant garages for rent at an apartment complex on 49th Street off El Cajon Blvd in the Talmadge area of San Diego (near San Diego State). It is 9 X 16 feet and has private alley access.  A one-year lease is offered at $125 per month.  Contact Keith at 858-518-2190.

Car Wanted: 1950 or 51 Coupe

1950 or 1951 Studebaker Champion or commander Starlight Coupe (bullet nose), professionally restored original, or modified (even a resto-mod).  Must run very well, be mechanically sound, with no history of rust. Will need lots of pictures and will probably fly to look at the car.        Don Connolly, Naples, FL  230-263-0632,

Cars for Sale from Wayne and Melanie Smith 619-443-4623

Pictures of Cars are available upon request.

 1959 Lark Deluxe 4 door sedan — All original condition.

12,895 original miles on 6 cylinder engine. Nice #2 to #3 A Must See! asking $7.000.00.

1963 GT Hawk 2 door. Tuned 289 V8 engine. New exhaust, tires and brakes.

Some rust, needs paint job and interior carpet. Extra sheet metal included. asking $4500.00

 FOR SALE     1984 Avanti Touring Coupe    (only 50 made)

Car is completely original, except for tire sizes),  has heavy duty suspension (sway bars, front & rear springs, etc.) Chevy 305 (passed smog January 14) with 700R4 automatic (less than 10,000 miles since Corvette upgrades & $2,000 rebuild) Power moon roof, tilt wheel, power disc brakes, power windows Rear window defroster, power moon roof, original Blaupunkt radio/with power antenna,  Recaro seats with recliners, heaters, lumbar adjustments. Car runs great, but needs paint and Recaros need reupholstering $12,500, OBO     Keith Rider  (619) 276.2249

FOR SALE     1985 Avanti    (last year for Studebaker-based Avanti)

Car is completely original, 119,000 miles, new Chevy 350 (crate engine) was installed at about 100,000;  700R4 automatic with overdrive, rebuilt front suspension. Remote entry, tilt wheel, power disc brakes, power windows, rear window defroster, original Blaupunkt radio,  Recaro seats with recliners, moon roof has been converted to manual tilt-up. Car runs and is mechanically sound, but is a “project car” that needs plenty of TLC plus paint. CA title, but is currently non-op. Asking $4000    Gene Nagle  (858) 335-3183


We got an Inside Look at the Air and Space Museum

The Air and Space Museum event was a big success with 21 people showing up for the tour.  There were 5 Studebakers driven there as well.  Jim Weir was our wonderful tour guide, full of knowledge, stories, and information.  Jim didn’t only take us around the museum, he also took us to the machine shop in the basement where the magic happens, planes being built, parts being made, and plans for more projects being made.  Lunch followed at the Chicken pie Shop in San Diego where everyone left with full bellies and smiles on their faces.  Here are some scenes.

Air&Space_Group Jim_Weir_museum_shop


See a picture of your car from our 6th Annual Cool Classic Car Show on this wall clock!

Wall Clock Trimmed

Great addition to your garage or “Man Cave”!

Great gift idea!  You can click HERE and see how the picture of your car at the 2014 Cool Classic Car Show came out.  If you like it and would like to order a clock just follow the instructions below for sending a check to Bob Buchaklian.  Only $27.00 which includes shipping.  A donation will be made to our local San Diego Chapter of SDC for each clock sold.


To order a Photo Clock, please print your name (first and last), full address, phone and email address on a piece of paper and mail it with a check or money order for $27 payable to:  

Robert Buchaklian

5055 Walter Av

San Diego, Ca 92120



NOVEMBER 14, 2014


What fun!  On Saturday, Nov. 15th 12 Clubsters and friends gathered at the Motor Transport Museum (MTM) in Campo for a tour of the building with restored and unrestored vehicles.  Brian and Sherman were our helpful guides, giving us the background on the old American Standard Feldspar Mill.

The tall 9 story steel building was setup in the ‘20s to mill locally mined feldspar into a powder for making porcelain.  Unfortunately, they couldn’t comply with worker safety regulations and shut down in the ‘50s.

The building houses several interesting vehicles, as well as a machine shop and restoration facility.  They are particularly proud of their Julian Bus.  When they started the restoration it was so deteriorated that many of the pieces had to be replicated from pictures.

After the building tour we roamed around the grounds looking at an incredible truck junkyard going back to the 1910’s.  My favorite was a late ‘30s Diamond T tanker, while Mimi’s was a 40’s Ford camper/panel truck.  There were three Studebaker trucks there – two M series and a ’56-’59 C cab. Plus, we found a very old Garford truck.

We went for lunch at the Cafe B. Recommended by Howard Jones and Lupe, it turned out to be quite good.

So there you have it. Our clubsters attending were Ken and Alta Keller, Ken St. Clair, Bob and Mimi Halgren, Al and Grace Van Winkle, Bob and Armin Buchaklian and Howard and Lupe Jones.

Bob and Mimi Halgren