- Studebaker Avanti – GOMA Art Gallery

California Design – 1930 – 1965
Living in a Modern Way – GOMA Art Gallery


One of our Club Members Lyndon Sanders has his Studebaker Avanti going on display for the above exhibition. His Avanti will be on show in the foyer of the GOMA Art Gallery, South Bank, Brisbane.unloading avanti

Our Club would like to congratulate Lyndon on offering his car for display, it will be on grand display in the California Design exhibition from November 2nd, 2013 through to February 28th, 2014.

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The weekend edition

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- Vale John Venema


It is with great regret that we report the passing of John Venema on the 26th of September. Everyone with an interest in Studebakers knew of John and his collection of cars and trucks. Both he and Lorna have been long time members of the Studebaker Car Club of Queensland and have regularly attended local, national, and international Studebaker meets. Our club will never be quite the same without him. Our thoughts are with Lorna and her family at this very difficult time.



- Studebaker Concours 2013

The Club Concours for 2013 was held on 14th- 15th September. The location for this year was Suttons Beach at Redcliffe. Our Club was very fortunate to secure an excellent location along the esplanade just south of the main Redcliffe Festival Event.  Many of our club members stayed at nearby accommodation on Anzac Avenue which was in walking distance to the Ambassador Hotel for the Concours Dinner held on the Saturday night. 

Watching Speed Boat races from the Concours 2013

On the day of the Concours, we were positioned next to the beach with the sun shining brightly. On the water were Speed Boat races for all of us to watch while walking amongst the shining Studebakers. Listed below are the lucky Club Members who won a trophy. Congratulations to you and a thankyou goes to all our Club Members and visitors on the day for making the Concours a success for 2013.

Top car                
Chris Skinner                1966 Commander Sedan

Top 10                
Stephanie West            1959 Lark Hardtop
Dave Lucas                   1952 Commander Starlight Coupe
Lyndon Sanders            1964 Avanti R2 Coupe
Dave Lucas                   1960 Lark Hardtop
John Cosgrove              1955 President Hardtop
George Udovicich         1961 Lark Convertible
Gary Henry                   1961 Hawk Coupe
Neil Black                      1963 GT Hawk
Steve Leydon                1961 Lark Hardtop

Peoples Choice
Gary Henry                   1961 Hawk Coupe

Longest Distance
Steve Leyden                1961 Lark Hardtop

President’s Choice
Guy Vickerman              1953 Commander Starlight Coupe


To see more photos of the Concours, please click on Gallery

- Pokolbin 20th National Meet, 2013

Over the Easter weekend of 28th March to 1st April, 32 members of our Queensland Studebaker Car Club attended the 20th National Meet which was held in Pokolbin.
Pokolbin is located in the “Heart of Wine Country” in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.
Many of the club members drove their Studebakers to the meet, some going earlier to enjoy the tourist attractions along the way, others driving the distance in one day. The Meet Headquarters was located at the Mercure Resort, Hunter Valley Gardens.

Mercure – Meet Headquarters

Everyone came together on the Thursday afternoon for Registration followed by dinner in the evening. Always a lot of fun to catch up with other Studebaker Club Members to discuss how their trips went driving to the Meet.
The Swap Meet was held on the Friday which has something that you must have or need! Lots of time to clean our Studebakers, visit wineries and sightsee the Hunter Valley then onto dinner.
On Saturday the Concours were held in the top Car Park of the Hunter Valley Gardens which was the perfect spot to display all the shiny and eyecatching Studebakers.

The Hunter Valley Gardens known as the “Jewel of the Hunter” has many outstanding features including 10 differently themed garden areas with over 8 kilometres of pathways. It is nestled amongst the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges in the heart of the Hunter vineyards.
Saturday evening we all enjoyed dinner and the Auction which always creates a fun night of frantic bidding.
Sunday morning was the Observation run finishing at “Lost in the Fifties” Museum at Newcastle. The museum is an American Classic Car Museum, it is just like being on the set of “Happy Days.” We all had an interesting time looking and walking around for a few hours. www.lostinthe50’s.com.au
Sunday night the Presentation Dinner was held at Lindeman’s Winery. Three of the Queensland Club Members won trophies for their Studebakers, Louise Cosgrove and Lorna & John Venema. The trophy was a bottle of Lindemans red wine with an engraved Studebaker on the front.  Leila Cosgrove & Greg Devantier also won a trophy each for the Observation run. Congratulations to everyone.
Monday morning was farewell to all of our Studebaker friends and to the Hunter Valley. The 20th National Meet was most enjoyable with a huge thankyou to the Newcastle Studebaker Car Club for organizing the Meet at such a relaxing and scenic place called Pokolbin.
For more photos of the Meet click on Gallery

- Boggo Road Gaol Run 2013

On Sunday 24th February, 2013 The Club had a run to Boggo Road Gaol. Firstly we all met at Shannons Insurance Office at 5/305 Montague Road, West End for “Coffee & Cars”. This is a monthly event meeting at different venues run by the “Coolies Rocks On” Team. We all enjoyed looking at the different cars while sipping our coffee at Shannons. 

Cars at Shannons

At 9am it was time to continue our run to Boggo Road Gaol to meet some other Studebaker Club Members. The Studebakers were given a special parking area in front of the markets for everyone to see. They did create a lot of interest and comment.  Jack Sims was our tour guide for the morning, who was very informative regarding the gaol and answered all of our questions well. Everyone enjoyed the tour and relaxed afterwards while having lunch from the markets.

Studebakers at Boggo Road Gaol

Boggo Road Gaol was a notorious Australian prison located on Annerley Road in Dutton Park. The site is the only surviving intact gaol in Queensland that reflects penological principles of the 19th century. For many years it was Queensland’s main prison.

It was officially known as “Brisbane Jail” but was commonly known as “Boggo Road Jail” because Annerley Road became known as “Boggo Road” due to it’s poor condition. Boggo Road was originally an unofficial and unmaintained short-cut between Ipswich Road and Stanley Street that became very “boggy” after rain.

In 1863, land along Boggo Road was surveyed and set aside as a government reserve before being proclaimed a gaol reserve in 1880. The first cellblock opened on 2 July 1883 and over the years many other buildings came and went on the site. The first buildings were built by Robert Porter, contained 57 cells and were constructed using materials from the demolished Petrie Terrace Jail. In 1903 a prison was built to hold female prisoners. This later became known as the No.2 Division, and is now the only prison building still standing. It is heritage-listed.  

Boggo Road Gaol entrance

Protests at the gaol during the 1980s saw inmates undertake hunger strikes, roof top protests, and rioting over the poor conditions and treatment. The prison was constantly in the headlines and became notorious around Australia. Since 1992 the No.2 Division has been home to the Boggo Road Gaol Museum, which featured displays of prison-related artefacts.

The gaol was originally designed to cater for 40 male prisoners serving as a holding place for prisoners heading to St Helena Island in Moreton Bay. However, by 1989 there were 187 male prisoners and the women’s facility had around 200 additional prisoners.
For more information on Boggo Road Gaol and the tours go to www.boggoroadgaol.com
Please Click on Gallery for more photos of the day.

- A Visit to the Venema’s Studebaker Emporium November 2012


A member of our Queensland Club, Pauline Oldman who also belongs to another Car Club recently went on a Club Run to Lorna & John Venema’s Home.
 Lorna & John are long time members of our Queensland Studebaker Car Club.

Considering this run included going to John and Lorna Venema’s place in the Beaudesert area, to check out their fantastic collection of Studebakers, together with a  ‘to die for real man’s shed’ which was the envy of all the men who attended the run; how could I not offer to do the Run Report being a Studebaker enthusiast and co-owner.

Rosa and Louie Lengyel are Studebaker owners and members of the Queensland Studebaker Car Club were also on the run. They are good friends of John and Lorna and had obviously picked the perfect place to go for a Club Run.
Set in a rural area on acreage, one would never dream of just what was behind the doors of this huge shed. 8 roller doors, concrete floor, double bays, very high ceilings and 3 phase power. You could literally see the men drooling and envying John’s man-cave.
What was just as impressive however was the vehicles that were parked inside the shed.

    61 Studebaker Lark           51 Bullet Nose 4 door
    49 Studebaker Tipper Truck          51 Bullet Nose Coupe
    42 6×6 Army Truck           61 Studebaker Hawk
    47 Studebaker Convertible           60 Champ Ute
    55 Champ 4 door    
    57 President Studebaker – Two of them
    64 Ambulance – Even the siren works!
    70 AMC Javelins – Two of them

Inside the shed was finished off beautifully with countless treasures of Studebaker and other car memorabilia. Shelves filled with trophies and awards won by this couple over their lifetime together, with many knick knacks that blended in perfectly to provide a great overall effect. It was obvious that Lorna & John had worked hand in hand to achieve all they have. Hats off to both of them.

This shed oozed charm, appeal and a general feeling of stepping back in time while looking at these gorgeous cars. Each one of them lovingly maintained ready to drive out at a moments notice.

John and Lorna were absolutely the perfect hosts, with John being quite a character. They are a very social couple and whenever Ross and I catch up with them at a Studebaker function, it is always a delight and pleasure to be in their company.
Pauline Oldman
To view more photos of the Venema’s superb Studebakers please go to Gallery

- Torbanlea Picnic Races – October 2012

Another Great Club Event was held on the weekend of 20th October, 2012 at Torbanlea Picnic Races.

Torbanlea Picnic Races is a 20 minute drive North from Maryborough. Our Studebaker group stayed at the Lamington Hotel in Maryborough with everyone meeting up for Friday night dinner at the Hotel. The following morning a Special Race Day bus was arranged to take us all to the Picnic Races at 9.00am.

And the Winner is......

24 Studebaker Club Members had a fun day watching the action packed program on & off the track. The Amateur Jockey’s Bush Races, Mini Trotters, Wood Chopping, Chainsaw Racing Exhibition, Fashion of the Field, Tug-O-War with Shane Webcke & Foot Races for the children, all of this kept everyone amused for the day.

The bus arrived at 5pm to take the weary but happy Studebaker people back to Maryborough just in time to go to Snow & Suzie’s place for Saturday night dinner as per tradition. We have all been going to the Maryborough Meet for 10 years now. At the dinner Suzie had a celebration 10 year anniversary cake with a yellow 51 Bullet Nose Studebaker sitting on top.

1951 Bullet Nose Studebaker 10th Anniversary Maryborough Meet Cake

Everyone had a piece to celebrate. The night was a fairly early finish as the big day at the Races had everybody raced out! Next morning, we all had breakfast together & said our goodbyes until the same place, same time again next year. Thankyou  to Snow, Suzie and family for all your wonderful hospitality.   To view more of the Studebaker Race Day, please click on Gallery

- Studebaker Car Club Concours – September 2012

The Club held their 2012 Concours on Sunday 2nd September at Fort Lytton National Park. Located on the Southern bank of the Brisbane River, 18 klms downstream from Brisbane City, this site played a strategic military role as a hidden fortress guarding the developing Brisbane colony against attacks from enemy ships.This site was a perfect place to have the Studebakers on display with the Brisbane River as a background and the beautiful Queensland weather.

The weekend started with dinner on Saturday night at the Colmslie Hotel with 50 Studebaker members and friends attending. On Sunday a total of 34 Studebakers were on display, plus a number of cars from the Pontiac, Morris and Muscle Car Clubs. A special treat was to have Bill Beverly’s superb 1937 Packard 120 Roadster on display.

Trophy Winners for the Concours 2012 are listed as below:
Longest Distance Tony McKinnon- Christchurch – flew to Sydney – Drove to Brisbane with Peter Leydon
Best Car Visiting Club – Morris Minor Convertible – Vic Agnew 
People’s Choice Visiting Club – 1937  Packard 120 Roadster – Bill Beverly
People’s Choice – Donated Trophy – 1961 Lark Hardtop – Steve Leyden
People’s Choice – Donated Trophy – 1947 M5 Pickup – Matt Pettigrew
Top Car – Dave and Christa Denton – 1960 Lark 4 door 
2 – George Udovicich – 61 Lark Convertible 
3 – Matt Pettigrew – 1947 M5 Pick-up
4 – John Cosgrove – 1955 President Hardtop 
5 – Dave Allen – 1964 Cruiser 
6 – Steve Leyden – 1961 Lark Hardtop
7 – Shane Hodby – US6 Army Truck
8 – Chris Skinner – 1964 Daytona Hardtop
9 – Pauline Oldman – 1960 Hawk Coupe
10 – Dave Lucas – 1952 Commander Starlight Coupe

Top 10 Winners - Concours 2012

 For more photos from the Concours  2012 click on Gallery