- “Cooly Rocks On” 2011

“Cooly Rocks On” 2011

With the departure of “Wintersun” to N.S.W. the new replacement “Cooly Rocks On” has more than proven that “Rock n Roll” is here to stay at Coolangatta.

The faithful “Cooly Rocks On” members from our Studebaker Club attended the weekend of
10th – 13th June, 2011. The rain and cool weather didn’t seem to dampen people’s enthusiasm.
Everyone was ready to “Rock n Roll” up and down Marine Parade, Griffith Street and Wharf
Street to view in orr at over 1000 Customs, Classics and Hotrods on show.

The “Rock n Roll “and “Rockabilly” bands were fantasic as usual and great to see and hear the sounds of the Highschool bands singing up a “Rock n Roll” storm.

The Saturday morning Street Parade along Marine Parade was a procession of “Rock n Roll” and
“Rockabilly” bands, dancers, Skating Derby girls and Classic cars with Little Pattie sitting up
high in the leading vehicle of the parade.

This year Elvis was bigger and better with Australia’s largest display of Elvis memorabilia,
owned by Rusty Roberts.

“Cooly Rocks On” was enjoyed again by all of us, a great fun weekend to relax, unwind and enjoy the never ending entertainment happening all around you.
See you all again same time and place in 2012.

More Photos of “Cooly Rocks On” are available for viewing in the Photo Gallery

- Bayside Cruise 2011

Bayside Tour

On Saturday afternoon 26th March 2011, members & guests of our club gathered at the Club Rooms eagerly awaiting our Bayside Cruise. We were all given directions from the Club’s Social Secretary, Chris Skinner and headed off around 2.30 pm.

Our first stop was the Redlands Museum at Cleveland. The museum was filled with yesteryear memorabilia. Their latest exhibit was on Push Bikes which proved to be very interesting to the bike enthusiasts amongst us. Everyone reminisced over the museum’s collection while strolling around for the hour.

At 4pm we all headed off in convoy to Sirromet Winery at Mt Cotton. This winery is not only famous for wines, it also has a fantastic open air venue for live concerts. Some of us sampled the wine at the Cellar Door and purchased a bottle or two. Others enjoyed coffee, cake & ice cream. Our Studebakers attracted lots of attention as we entered and exited from the winery. The visit to Sirromet Winery was a pleasant way to spend part of the afternoon.

At around 5.30pm we drove to Victoria Point for our last stop which was the Rock’n’Roll Cafe for a Fish & Chip dinner. The Juke Box was playing while we drank, ate and chatted. Some of our members brought along their friends for the Bayside Cruise which they enjoyed, especially having a ride in a Studebaker!

The afternoon went far too quickly, the club run was most enjoyable and we all look forward to the next one. Thanks to Chris Skinner for organising this Bayside Cruise.

- Morayfield Auto Spectacular 2011

The Morayfield Auto Spectacular kicked off at 9.00am on Saturday 12th February, 2011. Our Club had a representation of 13 Studebakers for the Show & Shine display.

Our Studebakers attracted many spectators as they looked grand parked in between the Club’s Studebaker flags flying high in the breeze.

Dave Lucas won a trophy for Best of 1950 for his 1952 Studebaker Starlight Coupe. George Udovicich won a trophy for Best Convertible for his 1961 Studebaker Lark Convertible. Our Club won the trophy for the Best Represented Car Club, the President Dick Adsett gladly accepted the Trophy.

This was the first Auto Spectacular organized by the Caboolture Community Action Group to raise greatly needed funds for the Homeless & Needy of the Caboolture Community.
The group has approximately 35 very hard working volunteers who each week raise funds through sausage sizzles every Saturday morning. Cook ups are also supplied twice a week by volunteer chefs and the food is donated by generous organizations.

Mr Mark Ryan, local member for Caboolture officially opened the Morayfield Auto Spectacular and thanked everyone for supporting this very worthy charity.
Total number of vehicles displayed was approximately 350 of which 201 entered the Show & Shine.

The day had plenty of activity, things to see & do with live Blues and Rockabilly music by The Zephyr Project, food & drink stalls to keep everyone happy.
The Stall holders helped raise much needed funds especially the Slushee stall who donated all of their takings on the day to the Caboolture Community Action Group.
Thankyou to Dave Lucas for organizing our Studebaker Car Club to attend the Auto Spectacular, to Mick Malloy & Chris Skinner for helping with the judging and to Dick Adsett & Dave Lucas for taking the entry money at the gate.

Trophies were given for Best Car in different categories. Dave Lucas won a trophy for Best of 1950 for his 1952 Studebaker Starlight Coup. George Udovicich won a trophy for Best Convertible for his 1961 Studebaker Lark Convertible.
The Mayor’s choice – H.J. Monoro
People’s Choice – 1960 G.P. Jag
Car of the Show – Orange/Yellow Torana

The Studebaker Car Club of Qld donated trophies for the day. Our Club won the trophy for the Best Represented Car Club, and why wouldn’t we, with those fantastic Studebaker flags flying high!
The President Dick Adsett gladly accepted the trophy for all our sensational shiny Studebakers.
Mr Bruce Panton was a main organiser for the Show & Shine for which he did a tremendous job, he also is one of the orginal members of the Queensland Studebaker Car Club.
Bruce was the Treasurer of the club in 1970.

Everyone had a fun day perusing all the Classic Cars, Utes, Hot Rods & Motorbikes, lots of great models, makes, colours and loud rumbling.

Our club hopes the day was a huge success for the Caboolture Community Action Group and we will be there again next year in our Studebakers to help support such a worthy charity.

More photos of the Morayfield Auto Spectacular are in the Photo Gallery.

- The Floods – 2011

Our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone who has been affected by this natural disaster, especially those who are associated with the Studebaker Car Clubs of Australia.

We urge our members to support the Flood Disaster Appeal in any possible way.

The Brisbane River in full flood, taken from Mt Cootha Lookout.

- Qld Club Poster Collection On Display

Club Poster

Members vehicles have been set into posters on display here.

- 39th Annual Concours 2010

39th Annual Concours held at Queensland Maritime Museum, South Bank
on Sunday 29th August,2010

Club Members & their guests were wined and dined on board the H.M.A.S. Diamantina on Saturday night. The H.M.A.S.Diamantina is the only 1945 surviving River Class frigate in the world. She was gifted to the museum in 1980 and has been restored to her 1945 configuration by an innumerable amount of dedicated volunteers.

Many Members attended the B-B-Q dinner and had an enjoyable night wandering and exploring the levels of the ship. Thanks must go to the caterers, who call themselves Car 1900 from the Variety Bash. The guys cooked a great B-B-Q and also supplied a tasty breakfast and lunch at the Concours on Sunday. They were well supported, money raised goes to the Variety Club of Queensland. Also a scrumptious thankyou goes to Louise Cosgrove for the delicious chocolate dessert cake which everyone enjoyed with their coffee.

On Sunday morning, the Concours started early with our volunteers setting up the “newish” Studebaker tent, now with “Studebaker” printed on it which looked impressive for it’s first Concours, the flags were also on show for the first time at a Concours.
All the vehicles were on display by 9.00am ready to start the day of being inspected, talked about, photographed, admired and most importantly judged. The Venue for the Concours was in the grounds of the Maritime Museum at South Bank, next to the H.M.A.S. Diamantina and with a background of a lighthouse sitting on the edge of the Brisbane River. This certainly was a unique setting in which to hold our 39th Concours.

There were 3 first time exhibitors on display, the Studebakers were – 1968 Excalibur owned by Wolf Grodd, 1964 Daytona owned by Wayne Brosnan and 1960 Lark owned by Perry Gerber.
The Queensland Club is always well supported by the Newcastle & N.S.W visitors.
A sizeable variety of Studebakers, which included 5 interstate cars were on display giving a total of 31 vehicles altogether.

An unusual Studebaker entry at this year’s Concours was a Rare 51 Champion Businessman’s Coupe, owned by Club Members Lorna & John Venema. The Studebaker was built in Southbend, Indiana and was purchased by the Venemas in October 2006 while they were in Sandiego. The car was built as a basic, no frills model for Salesman to carry their goods in the oversized trunk. This is believed to be the only operational model in Australia.

We welcomed our overseas visitors from New Zealand who were Julie & Frank Ward – North Island, Kimbal Thompson – North Island and Tony McKinnon – South Island.
We hope they enjoyed their visit to the Queensland Concours and South Bank.

The Judges are always willing to volunteer their time and expertise in carefully inspecting an array of Studebakers. Many thanks go to our enthusiastic Judges who were – Dave Lucas, Shane Hodby, Gordon Thallon, Wayne Brosnan, John Cosgrove, Carl Murphy, Peter Lynch and Mike Cosgrove .

At 3.00pm everyone gathered around the “Studebaker” tent to hear the President Dick Adsett announce the winners for the Concours. Firstly, the Trophy for the longest distance travelled on “Wheels” this was awarded to Kimbal Thompson, New Zealand Studebaker Club member and friend to members of our Queensland Club.

Winners are listed below for the different categories.

Finned Hawk

1st Rob Fletcher
2nd Peter Leyden


1st Steve Leyden
2nd Shane Hodby

Modified Winner

1st Perry Gerber
2nd Shaun O’Neill


1st George Udovicich
2nd Brian Jones


1st Chris Skinner
2nd Louise Cosgrove

GT Hawk

1st Russel Daw

Post War

1st Wolf Grodd

1st Peter Lynch

TOP CAR – Steve Leyden – 1963 Champion

PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Rebel Adsett – 1959 Lark

The Raffle winner was Kimbal Thompson, lucky Kimbal won a basket full of goodies which he kindly shared amongst his Queensland Club friends.

Attendees of the Concours for 2010 are listed below.

Rebel Adsett 1959 Lark
Peter Leyden 1960 Hawk
Shaun O’Neill 1963 Lark
Steve Leyden 1963 Champ
George Udovicich 1961 Lark Convertible
John Venema 1951 Business Coupe
Dave Lucas 1960 Lark
Parry Gerber 1960 2 door Lark
John Cosgrove 1963 Wagon
Shane Hodby 1945 6×6
Louise Cosgrove 1964 Ambulance
Chris Skinner 1964 Daytona
Brian Jones 1960 Lark
Alan Arnold 1962 GT
Russel Daw 1962 GT
Carl Murphy 1963 GT
Rob Fletcher 1961 Hawk
Ross Oldman 1960 Hawk
Nathan Kramer 1963 Daytona
Les Scanlan 1962 GT
Malcolm Dunbar 1960 Hawk
Barry Fleming 1950 2R5
Harold Ireland 1958 Packard
Brett Hampson 1960 Lark
Wayne Brosnan 1964 Wagon
Mike Brazier 1963 Lark
Peter Lynch 1963 Avanti
Susie Bradford 1963 Lark
Dick Adsett 1964 Commander
Wolf Grood 1968 Excalibur
Des Skinner 1963 Avanti

Overall the 39th Annual Concours was another enjoyable weekend for everyone involved and especially for those who won trophies for their much loved Studebakers, all that polishing was worth it! A huge thankyou goes to President Dick Adsett and to all our tireless volunteers who always make everything such a success. See you all next year for the big one.

More photos are in the Queensland Concours 2010 album in the Gallery

- Studebakers at the RACQ Motorfest

The Annual RACQ Motorfest was held on Sunday 11th July, 2010 at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

The Studebakers ready for inspection by thousands of onlookers at the RACQ Motorfest.

Club Members met at Hamilton Bowls Club at 7.00am for a departure at 7.15am. The Studebakers started to drive off in convey to arrive at Eagle Farm by 7.30am but there seemed to be a problem with a 1965 cruiser owned by Club Members Gail & Jim. Lucky for them there was help on hand with Club President, Dick Adsett & George Udovicich.

The key had broken off in the ignition, the battery was flat and to make matters more interesting the bonnet latch was frozen! This did not deter the willing mechanical minded car fanatics from lending a hand to fix the problems. After a short while Gail & Jim’s Studebaker was on the road again and everyone arrived at the racecourse to be part of another great Studebaker display in between the Club’s striking new flags.

All hands were on deck to raise the tent and have everything organised before the crowds started to arrive. The Club had a representation of 8 classic Studebakers on show, being part of the Motorfest gives the Club a positive image for anyone interested in Studebakers and joining the club. Dick Adsett was the lucky winner of the entry prize draw which was a basket full of goodies.

One of the best attractions for the day was a million dollar G1 Roadster which is the oldest Alfa Romeo in existence. RACQ stated that more than 12,000 people attended the Motorfest and money raised went to the RACQ Helicopter Rescue. Close to 800 cars and motorcycles were scattered around the racecourse with plenty of variety of vehicles.

The day was filled with live music, roving entertainers especially Marilyn Monroe & Elvis who made a special appearance at our Studebaker tent to sign autographs and have photos taken. Lots of food and great wine was available for the adults, while rides for the children kept them entertained. After some wine tasting by 2 Club Members, it was suggested that on our next Club run for the Maryborough weekend, we should visit one of the wineries near Gympie for some samples. We await further comment……

More photos of the Motorfest are available in the Photo Gallery.

- Studebakers at the last Queensland Wintersun 2010

Studebaker Display -  Ready for Wintersun 2010

Studebaker Display – Cars ready for Wintersun 2010

Wintersun festival was held again this year from June 4th to 14th at Coolangatta-Tweed Heads.

This years complement of Studebakers exceeded our expectations as last year the club only managed to have 5 Studebakers on display.

The Club’s Social Secretary, Dave Lucas arrived at the park on Friday to mark out a suitable spot to display the Studebakers. He negotiated with the Wintersun officials to secure an area for the SCCQ exhibit. On Saturday morning the early guard started arriving from 4.30am with the main contingent of Studebaker vehicles arriving after 6.30am. The prime lot that was staked out for the display was eagerly eyed off by other car owners as they drove by looking for a position.

The EH Holden Club weren’t so lucky as a large caravan and a truck parked in the middle of the display area they had reserved for their members cars. Dave organised to have the Club’s 4 new blue Studebaker flags flying high on the edge of the display area and a marquee for members and their guests to sit and relax under.

The new 4.9 metre flags made the Studebaker display visible from far away, easy to find and they attracted attention to the site. The Studebaker flags are certainly a great asset for the club and to use at future events. A big thankyou goes to Dave Lucas.

There were 12 cars altogether, 4 cars were from NSW and 1 Studebaker trailer in the display. It is always great to see our compatriots from NSW supporting our club display.

One Studebaker enthusiast had to have her photo taken in a Studebaker convertible, so she did and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The presence of the 1963 Excalibur Sports Studebaker based on the 1929 SSK Mercedes Benz was a real drawcard to the display. The Excalibur was registered just in time for Wintersun. To our knowledge only 5 Excalibur Sports Studebakers were manufactured in America.

An unusual car appeared this year in the street display also drew a huge interest. “The Studefaker” a cross between a 1979 Chevy Elcamino ute with a 1950 Studebaker bullet nose front.

The night parade had Studebakers represented as they drove along Marine Parade with many loud cheers coming from club members who were watching from their balconies.

Another great “Wintersun” weekend has come and gone with everyone having an enjoyable time talking, viewing and photographing cars and more cars. The Club members are all keen to meet again next year, same time, same place even though the festival will have a new name. Nothing else will change, the fun will still go on for many years to come. More photos are available for viewing in the Photo Gallery.

- Members Profile: The History of the 1955 President in the Queensland Club

Long term members Clive and Anne Summers have owned the 1955 President in which they have attended many club runs functions and Concourses. The history of this vehicle is outlined here.

1955 Studebaker President

The History of the 1955 Studebaker President in the Queensland Club

This history is based on knowledge and information that I have received, plus my experience owning the vehicle.

It came off the assembly line on the 16th November 1954 with a destination of Kansas City, Missouri.

It is a 259 V/8 Automatic with power brakes. I was informed its original owner used it for approximately 8 years, when it was bequeathed to his grandson who had it stored for many years.

By the end of the 1980’s, Des Skinner purchased it for delivery to Brisbane. When it arrived, Des sold it to John Coles who owned it for around 5 years. During which time he had the front end and brakes overhauled by Herb Rose. The exhaust system was also renewed, and the seats restored using material to match the original.

In January 1996, I purchased the car from John. It did need some additional jobs carried out. I arranged with Mike Cosgrove to do an assortment of mechanical work and a tune up. A new radiator core was also supplied and fitted.

The whole of the interior of the trunk needed a thorough preparation and painting.
The floor covering to the interior and the trunk floor were original and in need of replacing with new. Des Skinner was able to purchase the exact same material type, that way, keeping it looking original.
I took it to an auto trimmer to have new wind lace fitted to replace the worn original.

New quarter window rubbers were supplied and fitted by Des. The vehicle had new tyres fitted a few years ago.

During the time I have owned it, it has won many trophies at various Concourses.

It is running well and looking great.

Clive P. Summers.

January, 2010

- End Of The Year Club Run ’08 special guests one being Kevin Bartlett, well Known Australian Motor Racing Identity.

A suprise was in store for the club members who attended the End Of The Year Club Run ’08. We arrived at the home of club members Dave and Lyn Lucas to find Dave had invited some very special guests. Kevin and Rana Bartlett, Kevin has many great achievements in the history of Australian Motor Racing. Bob Morgan, the Australian Speed Car Legend and Dennis and Janice Calkin, Dennis has forty years experience in top level Australian Fuel Drag Racing .

As one of Australias greatest race drivers Kevin has a lengthy list of accomplishments, we thank Kevin for supplying this history to us.

Kevin Bartlett Biography

DOB 25 May 1940
Lives at Maleny Qld., Australia. (Sunshine Coast Hinterland)
Married 1965 to Rana. Two sons, Gregory (1966), Steven (1970)

Motor Sport Milestones

Commenced racing age 16 years 10 mths, in a Morris Minor at venues in Australia.
Bathurst, Philip Island, Lowood, Orange, Schofields etc.

Armstrong 500 Bathurst 1963 Holden S4

Class winner Hardie–Ferodo 500, Bathurst 1968 Alfa Romeo. (Alec Mildren Team)

Australian Drivers Championship (Gold Star) 1968. (AMT)

First driver to better 100MPH average at Bathurst, 1969. (AMT)

Class winner Hardie–Ferodo 500, Bathurst 1969 Alfa Romeo. (AMT)

Australian Drivers Championships (Gold Star) 1969. (AMT)

Winner Macau Grand Prix 1969 (AMT)

Indianapolis 500, bumped from field at final qualifying. 1970

Second in Australian Grand Prix. 1971 McLaren M10 B (Shell F5000 Team)

Winner Hardie Ferodo 1000. Bathurst 1974. Ford Falcon (with John Goss)

Subject of televisions ‘This Is Your Life’ program 1978.

Pole position James Hardie 1000, Bathurst 1980. Camaro Z28 (Channel NINE Team)

Pole position James Hardie 1000, Bathurst 1981. Camaro Z28 (Channel NINE Team)

Subject of autobiographical hard-cover book, Big Rev Kev, 1983 (with Jim Shepherd)

Joined Mitsubishi Ralliart, 1984.

Raced Starion in 1984 Australian Super Series

Raced Starion Group A in James-Hardie 1000, Sept 3. 1984

Raced Starion in Australian Touring Car Championship, 1985

Second in class James-Hardie 1000, 1985. Starion Group A

Raced for JPS BMW Team-Sandown and Bathurst, 1986. BMW 635

Raced for Pro-Team Italia Bathurst & Calder, 1987. Maserati Bi-turbo

Raced Production Starion for Bridgestone / Modern Motor Magazine 1987

Australian Racing Drivers Club-Champion, 1987

Winner Stallions Stable Series-Amaroo, 1987

Class winner Taraga Tasmania, 1993 (Nissan GTR)

Class winner Eastern Creek Historic August 1994, Mallock clubman

Class winner Palm Springs USA historic races 3 Nov 1994. Mallock clubman

Held outright lap records at Bathurst, Phillip Island, Surfers Paradise, Lakeside,
Macau, Mallala, Oran Park, Sandown, Symmons Plains, Amaroo Park, Warwick Farm.

Currently 1999 > assisting with David Bowdens collection of historic touring cars, (and a lone
GT40). Working from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia.