- SCCQ Concours Run to Linville – Saturday 10th September, 2022

The Club Run for the 2022 Show & Shine was a run from Old Petrie Town through Mount Mee to the Linville Hotel for lunch.

This run was a repeat of the 2021 run, which the club repeated despite the distance required. The members who attended last year gave the trip a very good review and those members who had missed this run were keen to do it for the first time.

The Saturday gave us perfect weather for a run in the country and the scenery along the way was as good as had been promised. On reaching our destination we meet several members who had come from different directions to catch up for lunch. 

We were all made very welcome by the landlords, Tracey Driver and Tanya Grimward. The sisters were very sociable and we all felt right at home in their company. The food arrived promptly and was served in generous quantities.

Catching the next day, we all agreed the Linville Hotel had done us proud and the quality of the meals and service provided certainly justified the extra kilometres required to get to Linville.  The SCCQ would certainly recommend the hotel to any clubs looking for pleasant drive to a good destination.  Please click on link below for information on the Linville Hotel.

Click here – Linville Hotel

The owners of the Linville Hotel – Tracey Driver & Tanya Grimward.

 

 

- SCCQ – Visit to Seventh Day Adventist Aged Care Home – 21st September, 2022

Display and Chat Seventh Day Adventist Nursing Home Victoria Point

The club repeated our visit last year to the aged care facility at Victoria Point.

This is a high care section of the facility and a static display in a covered car park is the most practical way to display the cars.

Space is limited, so five cars was enough to provide a focal point for chats over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits.

Amongst the attendees was a spritely gentleman who informed us that he was 100.8 years old. His maths is still better than mine.

The cars bring back memories that are associated with cars of this vintage and older when they were family transport.

The club is looking at adding a couple of similar facilities that are geographically spread around Brisbane with a target of a minimum of three such visits per calendar year.

 

 

 

- 1918 Studebaker Lite Four

My name is Brett Goldsworthy and I’m a member of the Studebaker Club and live in Twin Waters Sunshine Coast.

I own a 1918 Studebaker Lite Four I purchased from Victoria Farm Sale last year.

I wanted to touch base and just say hello, probably won’t be able to get to any of the meetings in Brisbane.

Attached are photos and information on the vehicle.

It’s road registered and drives well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- SCCQ Show & Shine Presentations held on Sunday 11th September, 2022

Studebaker State Meet 2022 Concours Results

A very good turn out from club members to Old Petrie Town for this event on a perfect spring day.
We were located around the Rotunda, scene of last year’s event.
The shift to Sunday from Saturday ensured that a sizeable number of people who attended the monthly markets were able to enjoy our cars and mix with club members.
The standard of the twenty four attending was very high.

43 – 52 Studebaker or Packard 1949 Packard convertible – Bill Beverley
53 – 58 Studebaker or Packard 1955 Speedster – Jim Dack
Commercial 1962 Champ utility – Dave Lucas
Avanti 1964 Avanti – Lyndon Sanders
Hawk 1955 Speedster – John Cosgrove
GT Hawk 1963 GT Hawk – Gus Trouchet
Lark 1964 Commander – Dick Adsett
Perpetual Trophy 1963 GT Hawk – Jim McKinnon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- 1916 Studebaker

1916 Studebaker – Content of Vehicle 

In paying respect to our motoring pioneers, Queensland history and the discovery of components that may have a connection to the original race car, this project was tackled as a ‘faithful reconstruction’. 

As a ‘replica’ for club registration, this vehicle would only need to meet a rule of five of its seven components being of original manufacture. Anything fitted after that date, would be of replica content. In the sum of its content, a vehicle, if restored from a mechanical shell with no body work, can easily pass 50% of replica contents. However, a ‘faithful reconstruction’ pays attention and effort to accuracy, not sacrificing original parts for replicas. 

In the year of 1916, Studebaker introduced improved parts into a sports model, which would, sometime later, be adopted through their production range. This ‘faithful reconstruction’ of a race car meets the specifications of the original car. 

The transaxle is a six cylinder only, improved build, for the series 17/18 which was the build and same specifications as the race car. Apart from nuts, bolts, bearing, pistons and bushes, all mechanical parts are original 1916 Studebaker manufacture. The crankshaft, flywheel and vibration damper, correct improved specifications, but not 1916 year. The crankshaft is not reground and runs in its original while metal bearings. 

The series 17 was produced for a short time at the end of the 1916 production year. Only one was known to exist for racing purposes. Other cars were 16 series and earlier or later 1918 models and onwards. 

Many part numbers are shown on the original castings. There are no replacement castings and the following are a list of the cars number which are correct to the 1916 series 17 model. 

The Schebler model R is not is not fitted at present as the vehicle is being run with a Zenith. 

Cylinder Block                            16730       Clutch plate housings     20304 & 17617

Crankcase                                  16740-1    Transmisssion case       20498

Inlet Manifold                              21099       Diff housing cover          26558

Water pump bowl                       16728        RH steering box case    17460

Distributor mounting                   16747      Steering drop arm          17488

Water outlet housing                  16732       Rear spring hangers      16706

Timing cover                               16746      Hand controls                  17471

Oil pump                                     16751       Generator                       EM126

Exhaust manifold                        22192?     Starter                            EM154

6 bolt wooden wheels (1916 only)

 The 1916 5.8 litre engine, not stamped with an engine number from the factory, indicates that it was not production and was not fitting into a car for sale. 

- A World First – Studebaker

A World First 

Over a billion tons of corn is harvested annually worldwide with combine harvesters. While the first wheat combine harvester was patented in the US in 1835, it was another 80 years before the combine harvesting of corn was made possible. A Queensland inventor was the first to successfully build one. 

From his teenage years, George Iland worked on his future father-in-laws Darling Downs property, maintaining and repairing his Massey Harris No. 2 wheat reaper-thresher. When it came to the corn (maize) crop, he felt there had to be a better way than hand picking corn and he set out to find one. 

He is accredited as being the inventor of the corn combine harvester. 

George used all the components of an accident damaged Studebaker he had purchased, to propel and drive the machinery of his corn combine harvester. The ‘Big 6’ motor was known to give good torque and power and George would have been seeking the most powerful motor he could find to adequately propel and power his large corn combine harvester. He used a pair of large portable steam engine wheels attached to a truck chassis, and a heavy timber frame for strength and to carry the weight. The Studebaker engine and radiator were mounted on top of the oak timber frame, driving down through the transaxle, connecting to the wheels and drive shafts (seen protruding in the right side of the photo) of his single row picker, elevator, and thresher. The cobs dropped into a bin and the cut up corn stalks were dropped to the ground, small enough to be ploughed under. 

This machine is claimed to have been used for only one season in approximately 1920. The processing machinery parts were removed and probably used on a later harvester. Years later, George stated that he bought a Napier car for its motor, with the rest of the car going to the tip.That motor was fitted into another of his harvesters. The Studebaker was the only known self- propelled machine, others being horse drawn. In 1922, George had applied for a patent on his machine. After building seven of his horse drawn and powered machines and taking orders for 42 more, he approached the Eclipse Windmill Co Ltd of Toowoomba, who had been his foundry supplier, to partner and support his enterprise. However, the foundry directors told him that they were too busy on other foundry work! George and his friends were astounded at their short sightedness. No further machines were built. George’s health deteriorated as he had put everything into the venture. Years later he came back to harvesting as a contractor. 

The Highfields Pioneering Village displays the only Eclipse machine existing today. 

That Studebaker-powered machine sat on the farm for forty years, slowly sinking into the ground. During the 1960’s, all the Studebaker components, including the damaged front axle, radiator and chassis parts, were removed and saved. These parts went under water in the 1974 Brisbane floods. 

In the 1990’s, these components formed the ‘faithful reconstruction’ of the Canada Cycle and Motor Agency Qld (CCMA) car as they had prepared it for its last major event, the Sydney to Brisbane record. Sadly, the Studebaker hit the fence, taking out six fence panels during a practice run for the 1919 Mt Coot-Tha hill climb, damaging the chassis and front axle. 

Records show that at CCMA Brisbane, a new stock chassis, series 17, was fitted with an improved engine and radiator for race purposes. The radiator was a 1916 larger capacity honeycomb cored that was not supplied in Australian production cars that year. The motor carried no stamped number as it was not for production sales in 1916, but was Studebaker manufactured. The pointed tail body, used in the first land speed record, and removed for the Sydney to Brisbane record, was also made and fitted by CCMA in Brisbane. 

Using original components and following the guidelines for a ‘faithful reconstruction’, rather than creating a replica, all parts in our car are original and when necessary, were repaired. None were re-cast or remade. All the 1916 series 17 casting numbers have been listed in a contents list of our vehicle. It is the only known 1916 6 cylinder Studebaker that survives in Australia. This is a similar project to the ‘faithful reconstruction’ of a Canadian police car 40 years ago. 

With Australia being a member country of UNESCO and FIVA now representing Australian car enthusiasts, some may wish to read their latest handbook statement of guidelines to keep cars as original as possible. This handbook also includes comments on replicas, mentioning that there will be differing opinions. 

Any further information would be appreciated. Gavin Mutton 

- Shannons Leyburn Sprints – A Monumental Win

A MONUMENTAL WIN AT RECORD BREAKING LEYBURN SPRINTS 

Tuesday 23 August 2022 

https://motorsport.org.au/media/news/2022/08/23/a-monumental-win-at-record-breaking-leyburn-sprints 

 

Photos: Trapnell Creations 

Dean Amos has claimed an emotional seventh outright trophy at the 26th edition of the Historic Leyburn Sprints.  

With more than 220 competitors taking part in the event celebrating the 1949 running of the Australian Grand Prix in Leyburn, Amos put on a strong performance around the one-kilometre street circuit, defeating long-time rival and 2021 winner Warwick Hutchinson by just over seven tenths.   

It was a significant victory for Amos who earlier this year lost both his home and car tuning business in the devastating Lismore floods.  

Thankfully, he was able to save his car before water levels rose in his workshop making his victory all the more special.  

 “I wasn’t going to lose the car. Because of Covid issues I haven’t been to Leyburn since 2019, so it was great to save the car and come back this year and win with all my family here to see it,” Amos said. 

While Amos added to his current standing record as the most successful outright Sprints competitor with seven wins, the event itself enjoyed a few records with the 2022 Historic Leyburn Sprints attracted record numbers both on and off the track.  

The entry list of 221 entries in the time trials was the highest ever entered edition of its growing history, while it was the one of the biggest crowds in the event’s history.  

President of the community organising committee, Tricia Chant was thrilled with the weekend. 

“We haven’t finished counting all the attendance categories as of Monday morning, but it was definitely a huge crowd, especially on Saturday,” Chant said. 

In addition to the racing action, attractions both on and off the track kept the crowd busy, including a vintage van display and the Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine. 

Michael Robinson’s restored 1958 FE Holden Special won Best Car in the Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine competition, which attracted more than 60 entries. Tony Sullivan took out the win for best Van and Tow vehicle with a 1969 Olympic Riviera towed by a 1960 Chevrolet El Camino ute painted in matching pastel green. 

On track, the 1971 Mazda R100 Coupe driven by Mathew Clift was the fastest sprints in the Historic category, his time of 50.368 seconds securing 17th overall. 

 Fans on both days were also treated to special parade laps by two cars that raced together 106 years ago for the Australian Land Speed Record, a 1912 Willys Overland and 1916 Studebaker Six. Although the cars didn’t reach the same speeds back in the day, fans were still left highly impressed by the spectacle.  

The event was officially launched on Saturday by Southern Downs regional council Mayor, Cr Vic Pennisi said the Sprints were a popular annual tourist attraction for the Southern Downs region and generated a valuable contribution to the local economy. 

The 27th running of the Historic Leyburn Sprints is scheduled to take place on the 19-20 August 2023.  

- “Studebaker John” and Lorna Venema

“Studebaker John” and Lorna Venema

Lorna and John Venema have been associated with the Studebaker Car Club of Qld since the inception of the club and John won a trophy at the first Concourse, held in 1970.  John passed away eight years ago. Lorna and John are members number #13 on the club membership roll. They were made Life Members of the club in 2019.

John and Lorna’s interest in Studebakers became an integral part of their lives as the years went by, but it was only a part of what were busy lives by anyone’s standards. Lorna was unable to separate out the Studebaker stories from other parts of their lives because they were all intertwined. So, onto some background.

John Venema arrived in Melbourne from Holland as a fifteen year old in 1950. He moved to Brisbane with his family in 1952. Lorna was also born in 1935 and came up to Brisbane in 1954. She and John met while roller skating. John’s interest in cars was already showing because he squired her around town in a 1939 La Salle.

John and Lorna married in 1956. From the beginning of their marriage John engaged in a range of entrepreneurial activities with Lorna’s active support.

An early Bread Run proved to be non-viable financially and was followed by work at the brick works. Later John moved on to self-employment as a brick layer while Lorna worked in clothing manufacturing factories.

In 1965 the family purchased an Austin Gypsy and Caravan and set off with their son Robert on an around Australia adventure, ending up settling in Darwin for six months while John and Lorna worked together as bricky and brickie’s labourer. They returned to Darwin for the bricklaying work two more times over the next few years to build good financial base for their marriage. Their daughter Melisa was born in 1966 and accompanied the rest of the family in the outback adventures.

On their return to Granard road Rocklea in 1967 the first Studebaker they owned was purchased, a 1957 President which is still part of the collection. The trusty Austin Gypsy was traded for this luxury Studebaker at Simpson Motors at Woolloongabba.

John developed a sideline of buying cars, improving them, and then moving them on. Over the years this resulted in scores of cars passing through the family’s hands. Initially, John had no preference for a particular marque and every type of vehicle from the familiar Australian makes to more exotic Simca’s, Citroens, Skoda, many American marques such as Cadillac, Rambler, Hudson Hornets, Trans Am, and British makes such as Jensen, Rover, and Jaguar found temporary homes with the Venema’s.

John had developed a strong friendship with Salisbury wrecking. Whenever a promising car came in John would get a phone call. At that time, some interesting and very sound cars ended up at Salisbury Wreckers and John was able to buy them for not much money.

Over the same period John and Lorna embarked on buying and selling cheap rental houses around Rocklea and building their own family homes over several decades. During their marriage John and Lorna owned twenty two properties and built five new homes, finishing with the beautiful home that now houses the Studebaker collection. They moved a little further south down Mt Lindsay Hwy every decade or so, taking advantage of the larger acreage but much cheaper properties, then selling when the area had developed. One of the larger homes built at Calamvale named ‘House of Studebaker’ was built using 55,000 bricks, and all of the cement and general hardware was carted back and forth over several months using a dark blue 1958 President wagon.

Between 1980 to 82 they ran a service station and shop called the roundhouse garage located at North Mclean. This business became very successful, but it proved to be very demanding. Seven days a week and long days. John still managed to find time to buy and sell cars. The site has now been redeveloped and is now a major BP garage.

During the 1970’s the Studebaker movement in Australia began to develop and John and Lorna enthusiastically participated. Travel to Melbourne via NSW to catch up with new friends in the new Studebaker clubs became an annual event. They owned two Studebaker Ambulances over the years which often provided cheap and cosy accommodation on the interstate runs. Invariably John would bring home a Studebaker or two. With Lorna either driving one of the cars home, or in some cases towing them all the way from the southern states. Pre internet these cars were found in the local newspapers, by word of mouth, or simply by cruising the back roads as the ‘pickers’ do now days.

By the 1980’s John and Lorna had developed a network of friends throughout Australia. By this time, the focus for vehicle purchases had shifted largely to Studebakers. Lorna remembers seven or eight Presidents, Champions and Commanders and many Larks of all types and even a Rockne. Lorna reckons about 35 Studebakers have gone through their sheds. John did many up over the years and they regularly won major trophies at the State and National meets. John preferred originality but occasionally dabbled on the custom side. In the later years John discovered that by fitting Stainless exhaust and silicon fluid brake systems, that he could basically fire any Studebaker up after sitting for many months and go for a trouble free cruise. So, most of the current collection have been converted in this way.

A particular interest for John was the 6X6 Studebakers fitted with the 320ci Hercules 6 cylinder side valve. John used these trucks to pull down a house once and used to have fun parking one against a massive gum tree in low low range, just above idle, with all wheels churning away in the dirt. Proving they would go anywhere if they could get traction. He bought his first in Melbourne and the delivery journey to Brisbane took three days at 35mph, and who can guess how much petrol. This truck was followed by six others. All ex Australian army, some had done a second life as house removal rigs, quarry trucks, or one was a fully set up bush Fire brigade truck. By this time, it had become known that if you needed one of these trucks, John was your man. He took part in the 17 Studebaker 6×6 trucks parade at Southport in 2007. John’s was #9 in the parade, see it at Seventeen WWII Studebaker US6 trucks – YouTube This example had never been used outside of the Australian army so was very low milage and was ‘as new’ after John refurbished it front to back. In fact, he painted it matching the correct ‘olive drab’ as per the NOS parts he received from the US. The 6×6 spent a long time in the collection, having been eventually sold to a Military collector in Wagga in 2016.

John and Lorna’s Studebakers car have featured at more than 10 weddings and many graduation parades for close friends and family. John and Lorna’s House of Studebaker at Calamvale featured on television Channel 10 and 7 in the 80’s with John being interviewed while driving along in a light blue topless 1957 President. This car was purchased with a crushed roof, so John cut it off, and reinforced the lower structure making a convertible top to suit. John’s famous line was that he preferred driving ‘real steel’ V8 car rather than a modern ‘Tupperware’ car. When asked about how much fuel it used, John states that Studebaker won the most economical car trials in the US for several years running, so he could purchase this beautiful big car and run it for years for a lot less money than buying a Datsun. The 6×6 was also driven by John as part of the US military trucks driving through town in ‘Fields of Fire’ miniseries filmed in the late eighties which included a cameo by Kylie Minogue.

John and Lorna also developed a soft spot for American Motors Javelins, owning six over time with two of the rarer 401ci examples still remaining in the family collection. They won the US Trans Am racing series three times and were used by various Highway Patrols in the US to pursue some of the other muscle cars of the era. 2 of only 84 delivered in Australia.

Over the years travel to the New Zealand Studebaker Nationals and America to attend the International Meets greatly increased their circle of friends. Lorna worked out that over the years they logged more than 90,000 miles travelling around America. They visited the Studebaker International events eight times, caught up with new Studebaker friends and travelled the tourist routes. Lorna made her last American trip solo in 2016. She since went to the National Studebaker meet in Sweden in 2018 and then the national meet in the Netherlands the next year.

American car purchases were a 1960 Lark VI convertible imported in 1988 that was sold on to the Kramer family, a 1951 Champion Business Coupe which was recently sold to Mike Lynch, and a 400ci Chev powered 1972 Avanti II that Lorna still drives regularly.

Until the last couple of years Lorna continued to regularly participate in Studebaker events all around Australia, driving herself in her trusted Avanti. The Venema family drove four of the Studebaker collection to the National meet in Toowoomba in 2019. Friends that Lorna met in Sweden the previous year also flew over and attended that meet.

The last two years have been frustrating for Lorna as Covid led to the closing of state borders and the cancellation of most Studebaker club and national events. Lorna fell over last year, broker her arm, and damaged her shoulder very severely. Treatment of the injury has been less than satisfactory, and the healing process has been delayed. Currently she has recovered enough to be able to drive again. Lorna proudly told me that she has never received a traffic violation.

At 86 years of age Lorna is still very proud of the Studebaker collection her and John put together and is assisted by her son Rob to keep the cars clean and a selection still registered and on the road. Only minor work required for any of them to be roadworthy.

The current car collection:

1957 Red and White President four door sedan. The Venema’s first Studebaker which was purchased in 1967. The 289ci, four barrel carb, automatic. Car is still completely original condition.

     

  1960 Champ. This car was found on a goat farm near Wagga Wagga in very rough condition. The previous owner would not agree to sell at first but later changed her mind. By this time purchased in 1978 the truck had been crashed into a stump and engine overheated, so needed a complete mechanical overhaul and major body work. A president diff was fitted to improve the road speed. Bill Cunnington once again painted the truck and also used a unique technique to imitate woodgrain in the interior of the Champ using stale beer during the painting process. The Champ won people’s choice at the large Coolies car meet on the Gold Coast.

          

1955 Lime Green Champion. Four door purchased in 1978 from a wrecker in Cundall Town. The car was left in the yard for sale on behalf of the original owner and it was lovingly cared for during his ownership.

1947 M16 3 tonne truck. Purchased from Mr Cronin from Daylesford, Victoria in 1979 where it was used to cart grain on his wheat farm. It has a unique Trojan PTO and hoist cylinder for the tray.

 

 

 

 

 

1947 Red Champion convertible. This car was purchased in Rooty Hill, Sydney in 1980 Originally owned by the American film star Ann Baxter, she left it behind after her marriage to an Australian broke up.

        

1962 Lark. Purchased in 1980. A very original car that was purchased in Geelong. Only ever had a head gasket replaced and a paint job. Interior still had plastic on it when purchased. Last big trip was Wagga National Meet in 2016.

         

1950 – 51 ? Maroon Champion. Four door sedan purchased in Victoria in 1982. Very original car recently repainted.

1960 Hawk. Purchased by Bill Cunnington in 1983 and restored later in the 1980’s using NOS doors, rear fins and full engine and suspension overhaul. John purchased the Hawk when Bill was unable to drive the car anymore. Bill and John collaborated on refurbishing many cars together with Bill providing the painting skills required. Although they fell victim to the Wattyl spray putty quality issue in the 1980’s resulting in several cars paint lifting ten years after being sprayed- still fixing those.

        

1953 Champion. Four door sedan purchased in 2017, another very original car.

1955 Blue Champion. Two door sedan. Purchased in 2020 from Darryl Pettigrew here in Brisbane.

   

1972 AMC Silver Javelin 401ci. Owned about thirty years and purchased in Maroochydore.

1997 MGF roadster. Lorna’s fun car.

- Studebaker Recollections – Harold Ireland

STUDEBAKER RECOLLECTIONS – Harold Ireland

Compiled late 2015 – early 2016

First Studebaker purchased by the Ireland Family around 1942, during World War 2 Years, was a 1937 Studebaker Dictator x Drive Yourself Car. I, Harold, was 10 years old. In 1946, the year after the War ended, Walter, my father purchased a 1938 7A Commander sedan, an x-Ascot Taxi, with 350,000 MILES on the clock. Full restoration, body off, and put on the road as a family car in early 1947, I, Harold, was then 15 years of age.

Walter, my father, used this car for general running and picking up parts from various Brisbane Car Part Suppliers, particularly Howard Motors, who were the Studebaker Agents in Brisbane, since around 1934, taking over from Champion Automobiles. He did 100,000 miles in his general restorations business and repairs to all different makes. Many Farm vehicles in the Pine Rivers Area were kept mobile, because new vehicles were not able to be purchased after World War 11.

In 1952, I purchased this Commander, as our first family car I did approximately 40,000 miles before I traded it in to a local identity, on an Austin A70 Utility, for a general runabout. In 1958, I purchased a 1938 Studebaker State Commander, and restored it for family use, Phyl learned to drive on this car, and got her first Driving Licence.

In 1966, I purchased a 1954 Studebaker Commander V8 Sedan, and the 1938 Commander was stored under cover until 1977. I restored the 38 for the second time, and used it for special occasions, school formals, weddings, and in 1989, drove it to Sydney for our youngest daughter’s bridal car. It is now in the appreciative hands of a local identity, close to Brisbane.

In 1972 I had the opportunity to buy a 1964 Studebaker Cruiser Sedan from the Manager of UK Motors, at Bowen Hills. It had 46,000 miles on the odometer. This car would have been one of the last cars sold by Howards.  We travelled on many Interstate trips, Vic, SA, ACT and NSW in the activity of successfully showing Specialty-type German Shepherd Dogs. We always pulled a trailer in which our dogs comfortably travelled.

Between the middle 1950’s and early 1960, we used a 1951 Champion Sedan, and a 1947 Champion Sedan. Also, we used a 1962 Studebaker V8 Station wagon, for general use.

Also, in the early 1970’s we purchased a 1965 Chev Motor Stude Sedan, which was a second car in use for the family. One of the early trips we did with the ’65, was to Adelaide to support our youngest son Lewis, then 12 years old, representing Queensland Schoolboys Interstate Cricket. On the return journey we travelled back through Melbourne, and made contact with Charles Schwerkolt, who at that time had the red Avanti, which had been brought in new by Needham Motors, Sydney, and converted to Right Hand Drive in their workshop.

At that time, the Schwerkolt family had a beautiful early 30’s Studebaker Sedan. Charles and his wife encouraged us to join the Studebaker Car Club of Victoria. On the way back through Sydney, we had the opportunity to call in to Australia Street, to meet Bert Needham. I was having trouble with the plug wires on the Chev Motored Stude and picked up some other parts at the same time. Bert and my father Walter were very good friends, with a common interest in Studebakers. Many parts were purchased over the years for our various restorations from Needham Motors.

During the years from 1947 to 1960, my father Walter, and I restored and repaired many makes of farm vehicles, namely, Chev 4’s, Dodge 6’s, early V8 Fords, Whippets, Willys, Oldsmobile’s, Pontiacs, Buicks, and many Bedford and Chev trucks, the latter trucks used in our Transport Business during World War 11, and right through to the 1980’s.We were also Agents for Mobil Oil Australia, from 1955 to approximately 1985. Originally sold and delivered in 44 gallon drums (200 litres), and then later delivered in bulk to Farms in the Pine Rivers District, which I picked up from the Mobil Terminal, at Colmslie, in my Chev Maple Leaf Tanker. I also had a Bedford Semi- trailer for the drum pick up.

I restored a number of Bedford and Chev Trucks during this period for our Oil and Transport Business.

In 1972, the original wrecking yard at Eatons Hill, (used to be South Pine) was sold with the requirement that it would be vacated by 1974. In 1974 with the change of Federal Government, the real estate value dropped dramatically, and the sale of the property was not completed. Later in 1988, with renewed interest in property development, A southern developer purchased the property, which was to be cleared of all vehicles within 12 months. At this time, there were 1200 vehicles on the Eatons Hill property. A sale was organized to sell off the vehicles of all different makes. Three auctioneers on the day split the buyers in different directions of the property, and the buyers colluded amongst themselves, and the cars were being knocked down for less than scrap metal price. After the disastrous Auction, 600 vehicles were crushed on site and sent to Sims Metal. We kept most of the Studebaker vehicles and transferred them to my father’s new residence at Old North Road, and after his death in 1992, they were again transported to our workshop at Narangba.

During those years between 1989 and 2012, we carried on restoration of vehicles at this workshop, the 1958 Packard, the 1961 Champ Ute, together with a 1963 Studebaker Lark, were completed before and after my Father Walter’s death in 1992. I also restored a 1946 one ton Chev truck, and partly restored a 1957 Hudson Hornet, started my own 1948 Studebaker Commander Landcruiser with a body-off Chassis restoration. Numerous, around 12 Studebaker Motors V8 and 6 cylinder, were rebuilt for various people in Queensland and Interstate, together with Dodge, and Ford motors.

The largest amount of work for restoration was the 1939 President Hearse (fondly known as ‘Lulu’) owned by Jack Sim. This was a mammoth task, as it had been dismantled by the previous owners, mainly the engine, and many parts were missing e.g., the gearbox, when it was purchased, fortunately, I was able to supply most parts for the rebuild of the Straight 8 Motor. A later model electric overdrive gear-box was fitted together with a Lark clutch, and the braking system upgraded with Lark front brakes, and Champ Ute rear brakes. These alterations were to make it a better driving vehicle with today’s traffic. I made up a completely new wiring system which was installed and upgraded to 12 volts.

The completed President, which was a driving vehicle, left my workshop for Woolloongabba, to be painted, by the Bodyworks, which had done the rebuilding of the internal framework with steel, before it came to me to do the mechanical work. Unfortunately, the Bodyworks had their premises partly demolished by fire, lit by an arsonist, and the Hearse was one of the very few vehicles that survived. A devastated Jack contacted me to see if the hearse could be repaired from all the fire damage and restored. It came back to my workshop, and I repaired the fire damage, and brought the Hearse back ready to be painted. “Lulu” in all her “Sleeping Beauties” painted glory is a regular sight at the Boggo Road Jail Markets, and was a drawcard at our Studebaker Concours, Redcliffe, Sept. 2015.

During the years 2014 and 2015, I have helped restore a 1942 Lease Lend Chev 3 ton truck, doing all the mechanical work, including engine, braking system, and front steering suspension. This is now a registered vehicle, and it did its maiden run to the 2015 Gympie Muster.

- Harold & Phyllis Ireland – Studebaker Story

Harold and Phyllis Ireland.

In 1946, after the 2nd World War, cars and light trucks were a scarce commodity. At that time, my father Walter started to rebuild cars and utilities for people in the South Pine Area, where he rebuilt early Chevs, Fords and other makes for the farmers in the area. 

My father’s family car then was a 1930 model Oldsmobile tourer which he bought new. He later bought home on the back of one of his trucks, a 1938 Studebaker four door sedan, which from new had been an Ascot Taxi in Brisbane City. It had been sold stripped down, so it was a ground up restoration, and was put back on the road in 1946. He later sold it to me in 1952, before my marriage to Phyllis in 1952. After close to 100,000 miles of family motoring I sold it to a friend in North Queensland in 1957. I found another Studebaker 8A sedan, which after minor restoration, entailing new upholstery and paint I put on the road in 1958.

This vehicle was a day to day and week to week transportation for our young family. Phyllis had learnt to drive, acquiring her licence thus becoming the family chauffeur for school and sporting activities. I was very time poor because I was operating three trucks in my daily transport business and Mobil Fuel Agency. I supplied the local farming community with their farm fuel tanks and kept them topped up.

We upgraded for our family needs with a 1958 V8 Studebaker Commander sedan which we acquired from the original owners in 1966. They had bought the car new in Brisbane before moving to Maryborough. In 1968 we were able to purchase one of the last four Studebakers sold by Howards in Brisbane. This car was fitted with the Chev motor.

In 1972 I was able to upgrade to a 1964 Studebaker Cruiser, which was a low mileage car, sold by Howards in Brisbane, not long before Studebaker stopped production in the USA with the 1965 models. Our 1964 Cruiser did a lot of interstate trips when we were breeding and showing our German Shepherd dogs, travelling to Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne on a yearly basis.

After selling my transport run and fuel agency in 1984, I started helping my aged father in completing cars that were at the restoration stage, and making repairs on other makes of vehicles, on a full time basis.

Other Studebakers that I have restored since then have been  Studebaker Champ utility, a 1963 Lark sedan, a 1948 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser four door sedan and at present a 1947 Starlite sedan two door which I hope to finish in the latter half of 2022.

My father Walter bought the 1948 Studebaker LandCruiser from NSW twenty years prior to my completing the restoration. I wanted to restore this car and so it had been a project for many years, in my workshop, at Narangba, when I had a little extra time to do the restoration. I took the body off the chassis, and started from the ground up, converting it over to right-hand drive. I was fortunate to have a new right-hand drive dash panel in stock, which made the job a lot easier.

I attended to all the mechanicals, even overhauling a replacement for the missing motor. It has turned out well, and it is now registered on Club plates. I managed to replicate the original peacock blue colour from the Studebaker recipe, made up for the paint-job. In some lights it seems to favour the greenish colour, and in shade light the bluish tint is more obvious It has many admirers and is a fairly scarce model here in Queensland. I had all the wood-graining of the interior redone, which turned out well.

Harold Ireland