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
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
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
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
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