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12:00 pm Monthly Meeting for August @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting for August @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Our regular monthly meeting for August.  Come for the “car talk” (and “girl talk”) and find out what’s going on in your club!  We will also have an attendance drawing with a cash prize for one member[...]
8:00 am Cool Classic Car Show 2016 @ Spanish Landing Park
Cool Classic Car Show 2016 @ Spanish Landing Park
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
I would like to invite you to our 8th Annual Cool Classic Car Show to be held August 27, 2016. We will be located again at Spanish Landing East Park on beautiful San Diego Bay[...]
12:00 pm Monthly Meeting for September @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting for September @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Our regular monthly meeting for August.  Come for the “car talk” (and “girl talk”) and find out what’s going on in your club!  We will also have an attendance drawing with a cash prize for one member[...]
12:00 pm Monthly Meeting for October @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting for October @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Our regular monthly meeting for October.  Come for the “car talk” (and “girl talk”) and find out what’s going on in your club!  We will also have an attendance drawing with a cash prize for one member[...]
12:00 pm Monthly Meeting for November @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting for November @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Our regular monthly meeting for November.  Come for the “car talk” (and “girl talk”) and find out what’s going on in your club!  We will also have an attendance drawing with a cash prize for one member[...]

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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 6 cars and 1 truck For Sale, including 1 Avanti plus a Stude Golf Cart, Vehicle Storage Space for rent! Also, check out the “Links” tab for other chapters, parts suppliers, etc.

Minutes from the meeting on July 9th, 2016

President Ken St. Clair called the meeting to order after lunch at 12:45.

The Automotive Museum of San Diego needs station wagons for the museum for an exhibit to run from October to January; a Wagonaire would be ideal!  Contact  the museum to get more information.

 Old business:  Mimi Halgren has 10 name tags left, so if you want a name tag contact Mimi.

 Car show:  13 have pre-registered so far. Get the registration info from our website and please register now!  Keith Wahl mentioned that the trophies are one of a kind and are outrageous, and he (Keith) needs a driver for one of his cars so he can register two for the show. Contact Keith to set up.

Colin Fort invited the Horseless Carriage club to join us for the show but does not have any takers right now, he will try one more time.

 Turning wheels ran our Cool Classic Car Show registration form twice.

 New Board Members voted in last meeting:

President: Ken St. Clair,  Vice President: Bob Buchaklian,  Treasurer: Mimi Halgren,  Secretary: Gene Nagle

Continuing on in non-elected positions:   Web master: Gene Nagle,  Events coordinator:  Michele St. Clair

Bob Halgren talked about this year’s International Meet in Rhode Island, and urged all members to consider going to South Bend next year.  He will be organizing a caravan from Southern California.  So plan ahead for May 3 to 6, 2017, especially if you’ve never been to see the wonderful Studebaker National Museum and other sites in South Bend.

Howard Jones is inviting any member to his home to take pictures with your car in his 1950’s gas station he built on his property.  Please call ahead.

Our White Elephant Sale brought in $128 for the treasury (plus some good laughs!)

Other notes:  New member: Krystal Gannaway is selling a 1928 President Huxter, more information will be available on the website soon.  Also, Colin fort is selling his NICE ’56 Commander 2-door ( and Ken Keller has a Studebaker V8 for sale.

Cool Classic Car Show 2016:

Car show this year is on August 27th, at the East end of Spanish Landing.  Note that it will include a SWAP MEET this year.  Please  bring up the Registration Form by clicking HERE; you can then print it via the Print function of your browser. Volunteers are still needed as well as RAFFLE ITEMS, and we will have car show meetings after the regular monthly meetings 11 June and 13 August.  Please click on the calendar entry for the show on the left side of this page for all the details.

New Member’s  Latest Video Featuring his Beautiful Hawk

Our new member in Murrieta, Dan Scott, has sent us a link to a NEW video that features his beautiful ’64 GT Hawk in place of the music video he sent before:

Feast your eyes on a stunning 1932 President Convertible Sedan

THANKS to Arnold Cohen for sharing this article from Hemmings about what may be a one-of-a-kind classic Studebaker, an 1932 Convertible Sedan that won Best in Show at a major meet in Greenwich, Connecticut:

 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-

 Engine For Sale:  ’53 V8, Complete with Clutch

Probably a 232, but not certain; complete,  has extra carb, clutch, water pump; asking $250 or best offer as I have no place to store it.  Kenneth Kay Keller:,  619-442-5177

1949 Studebaker Truck For Sale

1949 pick up with a Ford 302 small block, caddy rear end for sale for $12,000.  Interested parties contact Perry Wright 619-840-4142

1951 Land Cruiser For Sale

1951 commander Studebaker Land Cruiser v-8 standard with overdrive, Hill Holder.  Has all parts, needs some body work and paint job. Upholstery is in good condition. Asking $3,500.00.  Pictures are available but could not be posted to our website (technical issue).  Contact Donna Landen,

1963 GT Hawk For Sale

Originally from Kentucky, in SD since 1996. I am the third owner. The trans is automatic, with 289. Motivated to sell. Asking price is $5000.00 obo .  Darrell Jennings,

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’53 Champion Sedan in Original Condition For Sale

Here is an all original, unrestored car in very good shape, it has a solid and straight body no rust good original paint, this car is very rare – very hard to find one that has not been altered or changed this car is 100 % original. Less than 5,400 produced. Will need to have the chrome redone, everything is there, vehicle is complete, has a six cylinder flathead with three speed with overdrive. New parts include new battery and rebuilt starter, also vehicle has current registration and clean title. Has not been sitting in a field getting destroyed by weather and mice. Vehicle is very nice good interior, car runs good considering it is 63 years old. In conclusion the car is all original and complete you would be hard pressed to find another one in this shape for the price that is original and un molested like this one. Add the overall condition of this car that you do not see for sale very often and its uniqueness. Price is $5000. There are more pictures  available, thanks.  Joseph Russo,   Car is in the El Cajon area.

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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


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

Studebaker Night at Cruisin Grand 2016

The crowds were out in force this year at Escondido’s Cruisin Grand on the evening of our Studebaker Night (June 24th).  We had 6 nice Studebakers but would have liked more.  Please see the photos below to get an idea of the many folks who stopped by to look, including two who may become new members!

A sincere THANKS to the following for bringing their Studebakers (in order of age):  Mac MacPherson with his original 1909 EMF30 (!), Bob Gozano with his great 1938 President all the way from El Cajon, Arnold Cohen with his beautiful 1950 Land Cruiser all the way from Winchester, Mark Bann with his fabulous 1953 Starliner all the way from Canyon Lake, Bob Derderian with his gorgeous 1989 Avanti Convertible, and finally your editor (Gene Nagle), with my ’63 GT Hawk.  Mark Bann won a Best of Show in the Custom Class with his ’53!

Folks — Escondido may be a bit far for many of you, but these kinds of “cruise-ins” during the summer are GREAT opportunities to show “the great unwashed” what our beautiful cars look like.  So PLEASE try to make it to an event like this near you (such as the ones in Oceanside or El Cajon), as well as to our upcoming Cool Classic Car show!






A GREAT Conestoga Wagon is Back in SD


I believe I am the fifth owner of this (early) 1955 Commander/ Conestoga Wagon.  The car was formerly owned by John Louraine of Seattle, Washington who obtained it sight unseen from Zanesville Ohio in February 1998.  He drove the car to Washington State. Seen below is Mr. Louraine pulling his 1955 Alfa Spider from Tacoma to Carmel (note the rear end as he pulls that rig) with a factory Studebaker tow bar.  Serial Number 83825 was originally equipped with a 224 V8  and 6 volt electrical system.

Now named “Consuelo,” (from my friends Bob and Mimi Halgren –builders of the modified version) she still wears the original Pima Red (looks like Coral or Salmon to me) and Sonora  Beige Colors.  The interior is all factory original.

Bob  purchased the car from Mr. Louraine on eBay somewhere around 2009 with 62K miles. He loaded the car on his trailer dove it home and then did his inspection – just the reverse of the advice he gives to all his friends.

Now Mr. Louraine said the car had “no rust issues or rot,”  but that is not what multi-Studebaker owner, master builder and good friend Bob Halgren found:

  • Body mounts,
  • Floor boards,
  • Inner lower panels and
  • Frame bottom flat sections

were badly rusted plus heavy surface rust on the suspension and brake components.  The interior, however,was completely original.  So Bob went to work, taking it all the way down to the frame.

After refurbishing the car, Bob and Mimi  drove it around the United States, some 8583 miles using 564 gallons of gas for an average of 15.2 mpg.  This February 11, 2016 I  purchased the car from Dennis Napier – our former Studebaker Club President – now residing in  Roseburg Oregon.  He owned the car for about 6 years  and had not put much mileage on it.  Some years ago, I originally looked at this very same car to purchase but passed on it.  Since I  know my friend Bob and the quality of his work very well, when the opportunity arose, I contacted Dennis and transacted the sale.

I  flew to Portland and took a short hop to Eugene where Dennis picked me up.  He graciously hosted me and we took the car for a 2 block test where he acquainted me with the instruments and intimacies of “Consuelo.”  The next morning, I headed to Arcata to stay with my friends the Bitemans. The following day I headed out at 8 am , met cousins north of San Francisco and departed  for  La Jolla the same day.  I COULD NOT KEEP THE CAR UNDER 80 MPH AND I GOT THE SAME 15 MPG AS ACHIEVED BY BOB HALGREN.  MY ONLY MISHAP WAS A LOST HUBCAP!!

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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.

A complete album of pictures of the show can be found at the “Pix” tab above; click on the first photo in the upper left to open the album.

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