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Be sure to check out the calendar on the left side regularly for new events, including some by other car clubs or communities that you might find interesting!

See below or the Ads Page for 5 cars For Sale, including 1 Avanti plus a Stude Golf Cart, Vehicle Storage Space for rent and want ads for a Bullet Nose and Hawk heater parts! Also, check out the “Links” tab for other chapters, parts suppliers, etc.

Minutes from the meeting on December 14, 2015

Ken St. Clair presided, having taken over from Brian Bennion who needed to resign for health reasons.  Ken was unanimously elected as our new president, and Bob Buchaklian was elected as our new vice president.  An updated listing of club officers is now on the “Who are We” page, accessed by clicking the tab at the top labeled “About Us”.

The discussion on club activities included the upcoming Christmas Party (See below.) and the relatively low attendance at activities like the Deer Park Winery event in November.  Bob Halgren led a discussion on the annual Cool Classic Car Show, and it was decided to move the event to late August in 2016 since Halgrens and St. Clairs will all be on a driving trip to the East Coast in September.  There was also general agreement by those present that we could add interest to the annual car show by having the meet just during the morning at Spanish Landing, including a pre-ordered box lunch, followed by an optional tour to a venue of interest to many attendees, such as a museum.  Suggestions are most WELCOME from any member regarding a good venue by contacting one of the officers or Bob Halgren; a list of officers with email addresses is on the “Who are We” page (tab labeled “About Us” along the top of the Website).

Christmas Party at Prospect Avenue Baptist Church in Santee

Our gala Christmas gathering will again be a pot-luck lunch at Prospect Avenue Baptist Church, thanks to Howard and Lupe Jones for arranging it.  It will be Saturday, December 12th at noon.  In addition to your contribution to the lunch, please bring a new, unwrapped gift for a child to be donated to the local Toys for Tots Campaign.  You will receive an email soon from Michele St. Clair regarding what food items are already spoken for, or she will attempt to call those who do not have email.  Please click on the event in the calendar on the left for the address of the church and a map.

Nostalgic Video of a Past SD Studebaker Meet

Greg Weir, son of Jim Weir, has been kind enough to share a video from a Studebaker meet here in San Diego many years ago; it includes a short talk by Marvin Studebaker.  You can download it from Jim’s Dropbox share here

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,

Parts Wanted: Heater parts for a ’62 GT Hawk

Looking for heater blower motor, blower motor bracket to fender, heater control valve, defroster, T fittings, all associated hoses, clamps, and duct work — for a ’62 GT, but parts could be from any Hawk from ’56 to ’62.  I’m also looking for an orig GT Hawk car jack, jack base, tire tool and high note horn.     Jason Parmley    360 689-7159

1950 Stude Replica Golf Cart For Sale

1950 Studebaker Golf Cart. Just finished. New paint, Upholstery, Batteries. It runs and drives nice. A really neet looking vehicle. $5,495.00 Consider offers / Trades.  More pictures available via the ad on Old Rides:  619 890-1045 Howard

1950 Commander 4-Door For Sale

Big six engine, 3 speed manual, mechanically rebuilt and running with new tires and gas tank.  Needs paint and interior.  Al and Grace Van Winkle, 619-445-8733,

1950 Land Cruiser For Sale

1950 Land cruiser,  runs good , nice interior, body straight. It’s a driver but needs to be checked out good. Gas tank has been resealed. New tires ,maybe 100 miles. Need to sell ASAP. Worth about $3800. Sell for 3000, or best. I do have the front bumper and it has black plates. Richard 619 933 6045 thanks


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

Our 7th Annual Cool Classic Car Show:  Cooling off by the Bay

By Bob Halgren

On September 26, 2015 the San Diego County Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club hosted its seventh annual Cool Classic Car Show at beautiful Spanish Landing Park on San Diego Bay.  The cool breeze and shade trees made for a fabulous venue for 39 gorgeous Studebakers and Packards — the best venue yet for our show.

Participants came from as far as the Los Angeles area and Arizona – our Long Distance Award went to the Painters from Yuma.  We even had one 74 year old man and his 82 year old wife drive their motorcycle from Pahrump, Nevada just to see the show.

Everyone was treated to music courtesy of Don Cox while they gorged themselves on treats from the Daytona Diner and lightened their wallets at the Raffle table and the 50-50 drawing.

We had a wonderful group of volunteers helping to keep things running smoothly.  For some this was their seventh year doing this. Thanks so much.  Net proceeds will go to Homefront San Diego, a military charity.  Thanks to all who made this such an enjoyable show.

A new “album” with all the cars is under construction, but here is a first look for those who couldn’t make it.

Signs along the road brought in some onlookers

Signs along the road brought in some onlookers

Lots of great Raffle items to choose from

Lots of great Raffle items to choose from

A fabulous, running 1912 Flanders

A fabulous, running 1912 Flanders

Studebaker's answer to the El Camino - a BEAUTIFUL cusom '53 coupe

Studebaker’s answer to the El Camino – a BEAUTIFUL custom ’53 coupe


A Good Showing of Studebakers at Cruisin Grand

Studebaker Night at Escondido’s Cruisin Grand went well again this year! Among the 8 cars, we had great representation from the ranks of Hawks and early coupes plus TWO Avantis, but we could have used more representatives from Bullet Noses, Larks and other famous Studebakers. The pictures below will give you an idea of the nice group of cars and the good crowd we had. Please excuse the “Brand X” pickup that’s in most of the pictures; it was there in connection with a popcorn stand that was set up in our area.


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Studebakers in the Coronado 4th of July Parade

THANKS to the Halgrens, we had 3 great Studebakers in the Coronado 4th of July Parade this year.  Here is a picture taken by Michele St. Clair.  Please get your pride and joy ready for next year’s parade so that we can have an even better showing! Coronado Parade 2015