Minutes from the Los Angeles Studebaker Drivers Club Meeting of May 23, 2019, held at the Denny’s on Tampa Avenue in Northridge

Jim Ober began the meeting at 7:23 pm with a story of on-line misfortune. He explained that he found a 1989 Avanti, that he would have liked to own, on a site called Bring a Trailer. He bid, and waited, and waited, and did not get to bring any trailer, because somebody snipe-bid him out of it, at the last minute, causing him to feel “cheated.”
Treasurer Dennis O’Brien was not present, so no financial report was given.
Dexter Cannon read the minutes from our April meeting with a few detours into the Order of the Garter and Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, neither of which were in the minutes. 
Howard Brown told an in-person version of the 1949 George Rupert Studebaker re-encounter that can be read in the May 2019 newsletter.
The topic of calendar co-ordination came up in a discussion of the September 15, 2019 Drive Your Studebaker Day date, and the Sacramento Pacific Southwest Zone Meet date, the very next week.
Howard then turned over the meeting to Steve Hedke for a discussion of the Hemmings Great Race, in which he and his Studebaker will participate. A total of four Studebakers are expected, two of which are Hawks, one a Daytona, and the other a President (or possibly a Commander). Since the start of the race is in Southern California, plans for our members to go see it, at one of its stops, were outlined. On Saturday, June 22, the cars are required to be on display at “the Boulevard” in downtown Lancaster, from 4:30-8:30 pm. A tentative plan for a group evening meal with the Hedkes and other club members, was made, for the time his red Studebaker will be in that display. 
Because editor Andrea ‘Enthal’s Studebaker was still at her mechanic, she asked for someone in the group to take pictures at the La Palma meet, because she would not be there. Jim Ober volunteered.
Howard Brown mentioned working on John Fernandez bullet nose 2 door sedan, to prepare it for sale. In that discussion the Justice Brothers product JB80 was mentioned as “being twice as good as WD40" for unsticking metal parts. 
The meeting was then turned over to former Studebaker stylist Paul McKeehan who presented scans of his original late 1950's and early1960's drawings and archive photos.
This, his third presentation to our group, began with three views of a mock up that ultimately became the 1949 Ford. Designers affiliated with Studebaker were later hired there.
Photos of the Packard Predictor, and other plaster mock up pictures were shown, plus numerous sketches McKeehan had made, for cars that the company was too under-capitalized to ultimately produce.
A question about moving Packard production to South Bend after the Studebaker-Packard merger, brought up mention of the “huge” Chippewa Street plant in SB, where military vehicles had been built for WW2 (and other Studebaker vehicles). Space within it was available, but Packard was never moved there.
McKeehan also talked about the inability of the company to afford new dies, and showed some designs that used partially flat sheet metal with edges produced by less costly stampers, that had been contemplated.
McKeehan answered a question about the difference between clay models and plaster ones. Apparently there was a commercial firm that made plaster models from the design plans. In one photo he showed us a fiberglass model. As usual, seeing and hearing McKeehan’s presentation was educational and entertaining.
No individual vehicle reports were given this month because it was already 8:40 pm at the end of McKeehan’s presentation, and there was not a large contingent of members eager to stay later than that