- Dave Lucas – Maidenwell – July 2012

Dave Lucas, Queensland Studebaker Club Member attended the Annual Maidenwell Gas Guzzlers Show which was held in July, 2012.

He is shown here with his “Red & Rare” Studebaker Starlight Coupe, 100 year Anniversary Model. Great to see Studebakers are still out there!



- Studebaker Drivers Club National Meet – Timaru New Zealand 2012

The Studebakers Drivers Club of New Zealand held their 22nd Studebaker Nationals in Timaru on 6th – 9th April, 2012. Timaru is situated on the East Coast of the South Island and is the urban hub of South Canterbury. It’s rolling hills and undulating terrain were formed from the lava flows of the extinct Mt Horrible volcano. The date coincided with Easter so many members from the Queensland, NSW & Victoria Studebaker Clubs ventured across the Tasman to join the NZ Club members.
Approximately 50  Australian Studebaker enthusiasts enjoyed a fun few days.

Australian Studebaker Members in Timaru

Starting on the Thursday 6th April with registration & sales table at the Meet Headquarters “Benvenue”. The opening function and Auction was held on Friday night, 7th April at Seven Oaks Reception Centre.
On Saturday the Concours were displayed at Loop Road, Caroline Bay with 74 vehicles taking part.  A driving skills activity was part of the events for the day and a bus trip was arranged for the ladies for lunch and shoppping at Riverstone.
Saturday evening dinner was held at the Phar Lap Raceway, home of “Phar Lap”. 

Concours held at Port Loop Road, Caroline Bay

On Sunday the official photos were taken of all Studebakers parked on the edge of the Racetrack. Everyone had a ride in a Studebaker on the Sunday drive to Pleasant Point. A pleasant train ride was enjoyed by all, some even travelled 1st class all the way.  Dinner and presentations were again held at Phar Lap Raceway. All of the Australian contingent lined up for an Aussie Photo Shoot – Great photo as shown above.

Studebakers ready at the starting gate at Phar Lap Raceway

Monday morning was time to say goodbye with the farewell morning tea.
The Australian Studebaker members enjoyed the hospitality & friendship of our friends from the New Zealand Studebaker Drivers Club & will hopefully see them all again in another 2 years in the North Island.
To view more photos of the NZ National Meet, please click on Gallery

- Studebaker Annual Concours 2011

The Club held it’s Studebaker Annual Concours on the weekend of 3rd – 4th September, 2011.







To start the weekend off, dinner was held on the Saturday night at the Veteran Car Club Rooms, Carindale. The Concours dinner was well attended and gave everyone a chance to catch up before the Concours, Display & Swap Meet on the Sunday.

The Concours was also held at the Veteran’s Car Club Rooms & started at 9.00am. Total number of Studebakers on display was 34, a substantial effort from all our members and visitors. Studebaker Club members came from N.S.W. and New Zealand for the Concours weekend. Many thanks for making the trip, always great to see other National & International Club Members. A barbecue lunch was organised by the Club. A huge thankyou goes to Cousin Gordon (Zig) for being the Chef and also to the girls in the kitchen for the preparation, especially cutting up all those onions! The barbecue was a relaxing and tasty lunch for all Club Members & family.

The Studebaker Merchandise had a steady flow of customers all day, the new Studebaker pens with a floating Studebaker on the side were very popular and sold out quickly. A wide selection of Studebaker parts were also available for members to purchase.

At 2.00pm Club President Dick Adsett presented Trophies to the winners and thanked everyone for coming along as well as thanking all the volunteers who helped with the day.

The Winners were:

1st – Greg Devantier – 1964 Cruiser
2nd – Steve Leyden – 1963 Champ Pickup
3rd – Clive Summer – 1955 President Hardtop
4th – George Udovicich – 1961 Lark Convertible
5th – Len Bajenoff – 1953 Commander Starliner
6th – Steve Leyden – 1961 Lark Hardtop
7th – Dave Lucas – 1952 Commander Starlight Coupe

8th – Chris Skinner – 1964 Daytona Hardtop
9th – Pauline Oldman – 1960 Hawk Coupe
10th – Dave Allen – 1964 Cruiser

Longest Distance Travelled Trophy – Tony McKinnon from New Zealand.

Longest Distance Driven Tropy – Steve Leyden from Sydney. People’s Choice Trophy – Steve Leyden for his 1961 Lark. Raffle was won by Lachlan who was contacted by phone.

One of the most interesting vehicles on display at the Concours was a 1961 Lark Hardtop. This car was orginally owned by Kimball Thomson from New Zealand who would always come across the Tasman for our Concours. Steve Leyden is now the proud owner of the Lark which was originally sold new to the Amercian Consulate in Brisbane. Des Skinner purchased and restored the car in 1976. In 2005 Kimball purchased the Lark and it’s home was now Wellington, New Zealand. Steve has been attending the Queensland Concours for the past 7 years and has entered 3 different Studebakers during this time. When New Zealand had their Concours & National Meets, Steve would always drive the 61 Lark Hardtop as Kimball owned many Studebakers & always needed drivers for his wonderful collection of vehicles.

The 1961 Lark Hardtop was manufactured with RHD in South Bend, Indiana, U.S.A. & was shipped to Australia to start it’s life.

259 c.i. v8 (4272cc)
4 Bbl Carburettor
195 hp (105kw)
Top Speed 112 mph (180kmh)
Air Conditioned
Power Steering

Around 65,00 Larks were built in 1961 of which less than 3,000 were hardtops. Approximately 100 hardtops were built in RHD.

The weekend is always a time for all of us to swap Studebaker tales with old Studebaker friends and enjoy our Studebakers.

To see more Photos, please follow link to the Gallery

- Scenic Rim Tour 2011

Scenic Rim Tour

On Sunday 26th June, 2011 members of our Studebaker Car Club enjoyed a run
along the Scenic Rim to Australia’s most accessible world Heritage listed
rainforest and diverse mountain terrain.

Twelve Studebakers and their occupants met at Yamanto, ready to head off
at 9.00am. First stop was to visit Panorama Antique Collection at Roadvale
which houses Vintage & Classic Motorcycles, Collectables & Antiques, Vintage
Cars & Memorabilia. The Museum is overseen by Rod & Jenny Beasley and their
sons Brendan & Jason. Many thanks to Brendan who opened especially for our
Club on Sunday morning, everyone enjoyed their chance to see all the
motorcycles & Collectables.

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Next our Studebaker convoy headed off to visit a Vintage Aircraft Hanger
privately owned by Nigel Arnot. Nigel has been a pilot since 1974, he
restores aircraft and needless to say he loves planes and flying. The Hanger
has 18 fully assembled & operational aircraft which includes a Tiger Moth
1941, a Russian Yak, 1952 & a Polish Wilga, 1990. There is also 6
disassembled aircraft waiting to take to the sky one day soon.

The rarest plane in Nigel’s collection is the Ryan STM (Sport Trainer
Military) 1936, it has a slightly wider cockpit opening to accommodate
the wearing of parachutes by the crew. This aircraft was built in America
and has spent most of it’s life in Australia. The visit to the Vintage
Aircraft Hanger was extremely interesting and everyone thanked Nigel for
showing them his rare collection.

Club Member Shane Hodby guided all of us to his property “Stables DeVille”
for a B-B-Q lunch. All of us enjoyed a relaxing lunch and some time to
inspect “Shane’s Shed” their horses and donkeys. A big thankyou to Shane
& Annette for having us and our Studebakers at their picturesque property.

On the road again to Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, owned by Dave & Sue McMaugh
which is surrounded by the views of the Scenic Rim mountains. The vineyard
is known for it’s Shiraz, Boutique Chambourcin wines and Port. Club Members
tasted the wines & port while Dave talked about each selection. This
inevitabily lead us to the Cellar Door, where we purchased some of the
wine that we had enjoyed a short while earlier. Thanks to Dave & Sue for
their hospitality.

The Scenic Rim Tour was a great “scenic” day out and everyone had a very
happy day. Thankyou to Chris Skinner for organizing another noteworthy
Studebaker Car Run.

To view more photos of the run, please click on Photo Gallery.

- “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.

- Members Profile: Mike Brazier

Written by club member Mike Brazier

1936 Studebaker Dictator 6 Swallowtail

Mikes Mum and Aunty beside their 1936 Studebaker Dictator

“My first Studebaker I inherited from my maternal grandfather in 1961. A 1936 Dictator 6 Swallowtail. Sold it back to my
aunt for Red Book value 55 quid thinking I’ll get it again, but she traded it in and when I rushed to get it, it was already sold.”
“Never mind there have been 6 Studies since but never more than 2 at onetime, Ramblers also…..”

I was born in Brisbane in the year 1931. My parents were Percy and Marguerite (“Daisy” nee Michael) and Perc was a Lands Department clerk. We lived in a “workers dwelling cottage at Ashgrove, then quaintly known as “Napkin Valley”.

There was NO CAR! But I had a pumper trike. My primary schooling was split between Oakleigh State at Ashgrove and six months at Stanthorpe where I experienced the orchard community, Dad being there on relief transfer.

In 1939 came WW2 and also a pushbike which I had to share day for day with my two years older sister Patricia.
My brother Bill didn’t arrive until post-war in 1949. Dad enlisted, having had some reservist training, and was posted as a Lieutenant in the newly raised 2/10th Field Regiment Australian Artillery, to Malaya. It was only just prior to this, that Aust. Artillery had changed from horse drawn to mechanised – those Ford Marmon Herrington 6×6’s.
He was lucky to be invalided home 2 weeks before Singapore fell and not, sadly become a P.O.W. He later satisfied his conscience by serving on for 2 years after V.P. day doing P.O.W. (P.W. to him) repatriation work and then War Graves trekking in Borneo. Then of all things back to the office in George Street. But still NO CAR!

1947 Studebaker Champion

1947 Studebaker Champion

High School started in 1945 for me at (B.G.S.). Then to B.S.H.S. and finally a year at Gympie State High. Yes I did five years,
but that last was worth as much to me as the sum of the others. I matriculated from the Senior Public Exam in 1949, and spent
a difficult year 1950 at Q’ld Uni, bombing soundly out of first year Engineering. Those familiar with the then system will remember we had a requirement (subject) called Vacation Practical. I served this in the engine reconditioning department at Metal Products Pty. Ltd.at Breakfast Creek, and stayed on there for 6 months, learning cylinder boring and various other skills.
All hell broke loose in the family when I bought a motor cycle (500 Matchless), but I survived the motor cycles (500 Twin Ariel and 500 Twin Matchie) for three years, and within the family right through. Phew!

So when Dad said “outa –there “to my ‘improver’ job as the unions called it then, and found me an apprenticeship with Carters Garage at Gympie, being still under 21, I had to go. That apprenticeship started my association with Ford and with the dairying, beans, pineapples and other farming communities.

STILL NO CAR! So during that phase of life bought my own. Living with the family and paying cheap board – UP went my board—-“I’m not paying for your b—– motor car!” After a year or so my loving parents relented and board went down again. This first car was an Austin 8HP rag-hood job. We had a lot of fun in that. About this time, 1952 I joined the CMF (Army Reserve) where I served till 1960, gaining Commissioned rank.
In 1954 I landed a contract delivering the ‘Gympie Times’ up the Mary Valley three mornings a week before work with a 4.30am start.
Thus I was able to upgrade to a 1948 Hillman and again to a 1953 Ford Consul with these financial thrusts, also becoming a foundation member of Gympie Motor Sporting Club. When I finished my apprenticeship in October I followed my heart to Maryborough, working for Ford Dealer Tarrants Pty. Ltd but my heart was sorely misguided ‘cos I got dumped by her, after down-trading to a cheapie 1949 Austin A40, trying to save up.

1961 Studebaker Champ Pick-up

1961 Studebaker Champ Pick-up

Then a phone call from Dalby, my Dad’s current transfer, “Napier Motors Dalby are looking for mechanics and paying 20% above award”, and yair – that cheap home board again. So off I went. That started me on my love affair with V/8’s and it’s no secret that my average period of ownership of a vehicle while still a single man was only seven months. Dalby was another world as far as garage customer attitudes were concerned. This was a prosperous wheat growing area.
In 1956 I met Erna, a girl who didn’t let me down, and after surviving even driving instruction we were married in Toowoomba 20th Sept 1958, my 27th birthday. So no excuse to forget the anniversaries, all 51 of them and counting. We have four offspring – certainly not children – two of each and ten grandchildren, all living within an hour of where we are.

Studebaker Champion & Van

Studebaker Champion & Van

1959 found me grinding crankshafts at Dalby Engine Rebuilders. I apparently had a knack for this. But in 1960 I was sweet-talked out of that by Napiers to go and manage their Ford Sub Dealership at Tara. Housing constraints saw me out of there and off with the family to Brisbane. We have lived at the same house at Sherwood ever since.
Drifting out of mechanical – I wasn’t all that keen – I spent the greater part of my working life driving trucks and buses, either on my own account or for other employers, including Stradbroke Ferries and Barnes Auto from whom I went into Tilt –Trays on my own account.
My first Studebaker I inherited from my maternal grandfather in 1961. A 1936 Dictator 6 Swallowtail. Sold it back to my aunt for Red Book value 55 quid thinking I’ll get it again, but she traded it in and when I rushed to get it, it was already sold. Never mind there have been 6 Studies since but never more than 2 at one time. Ramblers also have had their say, all seven of them and the best all-round family car I would reckon to be the 1964 Rambler American 6.
Since 1977 there was usually a run-about boat in the picture too and in 1998 it advanced to a trailer-sailer, a 23 ft. Norwalk Islands Sharpie, which my sons commandeered to race competitively. That was not my thing and it was sold in 2005.
All this has been current with a fairly active church life for which I am grateful to Erna to have introduced me to the Lutheran Christian faith on top of the Anglican grounding from my grandparents.

1964 Studebaker-Commander

Mike and his 1964 Studebaker-Commander

It would not be wise for me to list all the vehicles I’ve had. There were 49 of them plus those I’ve forgotten, ranging from those mentioned above to an Ansair Flxible Clipper Coach which in 1972 nearly sent me broke. My latest acquisition is a Suzuki APV Van, because I’m being environmentally conscious and trying to use the ‘Smallest vehicle that will do the job.” And I love the way it does the job with front engine, rear wheel drive and wind-up windows.

Mike Brazier