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12:00 pm Monthly Meeting @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Our regular monthly meeting for July.  Come for the “car talk” (and “girl talk”) and find out what’s going on in your club!  This meeting will include our annual White Elephant Sale, so bring something[...]
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[...]

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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 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 May 14th, 2016

Vice President Bob Buchaklian called the meeting to order after lunch at 12:40.  We discussed the great upcoming activities (See below.)

Treasurer Dan Boone reported that we have $5390.07 in the chapter checking account after paying some expenses for this year’s Car Show plus the badges; and we have $417 in PayPal, $235 in cash, and $1001.07 in savings.

We discussed the nominations and election for club officers that our By-Laws require each year.  Treasurer Dan Boone has asked to step down, so we NEED 1 or more VOLUNTEERS for this position.  Other current officers (president, vice president, secretary) have indicated that they are willing to stay on.  But nominations are OPEN for these positions as well.  VP Bob Buchaklian has made a suggestion regarding changing terms of office to 2 years, with elections for 2 of the officers occurring every year, instead of all 4.  He will consider making this a formal proposal to be sent to all members in a separate email or snail mail.

Winner of the 50-50 Raffle at the meeting, Jim Weir, won $23.  The attendance prize of $10 went to Maria Howell.

Upcoming activity:   Friday, June 24th is our Studebaker Night at Escondido’s Cruisin Grand.

Please join us on Juniper St. north of Grand; best way to get there from the 15 Freeway is to take 78 East until it ends at Broadway, turn right on Broadway and then left on Washington (2nd light), then right on Juniper.  Drive south on Juniper, past the traffic light at Valley Parkway and you will see us.  Hours are from 5 PM to 8 PM, but you can come when you can and leave when you need to.  There are a number of restaurants along Grand as well as a lot of interesting cars and live music; this is also the night for the Packard Club; their area is on Broadway, south side of Grand.

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 in a different browser tab 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 Music Video Features his ’64 Hawk

Our new member in Murrieta, Dan Scott, has sent us a link to a nice music video that features his beautiful ’64 GT Hawk, along with a singer from Afghanistan.  It was shot in the Malibu area — great views! Here is the link:

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

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 .

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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 $6500. 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


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

 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 issus 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!!

 Watch this space for a link to a separate site where this article will be reprinted along with a number of pictures and some more info on Studebaker Conestoga wagons.

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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.

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 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