Richard and Mary are "Long Distance" members living in the Buckeye state, Fredericktown, Ohio.
Richard owns a number of Studebakers which he drives regularly. His pride is a new 2006 Avanti, raspberry convertible. This car is equipped with a Ford V6 engine. This is the only Avanti powered with this ford engine. Additionally, his second jewel is a Red, 1988, Avanti, convertible previously owned and driven by actor Michael Landon. It is currently being reupholstered in leather.
Richard and Mary travel to the Jacksonville area and attend our Chapter Meets whenever he visits his son and daughter-in-law Lark James, of Elkton, Florida.(also members)
In 2006 Mike Baker convinced Richard he should take advantage of Michael Kelly's offer for Avanti lovers to attend the Grand Opening of the new plant in Cancun, Mexico. Kelly not only showed us all a good time, but also sold me on the 2006 Avanti. I received another call from my son Steve, telling me he was buying the next to last Avanti sold by the Avanti Motor Corporation. He said the last car was a rose colored convertible (the only one to have a six cylinder engine) and I might be able to purchase it. This car was their demo. I had seen the car in Cancun at the grand opening. Alas, another flight to Atlanta and another historic Avanti for me.
Father and Son's 2006 Avanti's
MEMBERS: BILL KOLAR and BONNIE HAYFLICK
Bill and Bonnie have been with the club since inception. Bill owns a beautiful 1957, Red and White Golden Hawk and an 1981 Avant. Although we haven't seen them recently we know their in beautiful shape. Bill is a stone-mason by profession and real estate investor and travels the southeast building water falls and tropical gardens in commercial businesses and private homes/estates. He goes by the name of "STONEMAN" He and Bonnie attend many meetings and enjoy showing mostly the '57 Golden Hawk. We did get a picture of the 1981 Avanti at our annual picnic (Anastasia State Park '09)
MEMBERS:DON and wife SANDRA NICHOLAS
Don and Sandra have been members for 2 years and are actively looking for a Studebaker. Their preference is a 1952, 53 or 54 Coupe, with minimal restoration work needed. They want to enjoy it driving to meets and entering in local shows.
We found a picture of Ben's "Skytop" at the Albany, Ga. State Meet.
Although he and his date attend many functions they avoid notoriety by hiding in the crowd. Here we have Ben, we think he came alone this time. Looks like the camera date was spoken from his mouth. Ben is the owner of a rare 1963, Lark "Skytop" . He has put many hours into its restoration and now its paying off. At the Georgia State Meet he won a 2nd Place trophy and at the Jacksonville, Fl. 35th AACA Antique Car Show he won two trophies, one for finishing in the top 50 and a 1st Place in Class. He beat out a lot of Ford's, Chev's and other Orphan brands, all "chromed out" to take these trophies home. Good job Ben, show them Studebaker's can compete and win.
MEMBERS:RICK and CAROL WYMAN
Rick and Carol's
newly acquired 1961 GT Hawk. Now they can come down off the porch and run with the best. (Although
his previous '49 was super clean) Carol had an eye appointment and couldn't make it to the shoot so we'll have to catch her next time. Look forward to seeing more of these two now that Rick has retired (somewhat).
MEMBER: BUCK BUCHANAN
Buck has been a member our club since it's beginning. He is credited with helping at all events, building signs and sign post holders and managing the parking areas for both major events. (Southeastern Zone Meet 2002 and our State Meet 2006.) Buck is always ready and willing to participate and help when ask.
Buck has been a "Studebaker" fan and owner most of his adult life. He has restored a number of Studebakers and Avanti's. His 1974
(pictured) is for sale. He has maintained this car in super condition and enjoys driving it anywhere.
MEMBERS: ED and SUE RABER
Welcome new members Ed and Sue. Ed recently retired from the Navy and moved to Jacksonville. Ed & Sue's Marshall Pursuit is a rare cruiser indeed. A limited production car with Avanti power to catch law breakers. Yep, Red light on roof and all. This car is currently completing a major makeover, i.e. engine rebuild, transmission rebuild, carburetor rebuild, power steering and more. She should be ready for our spring picnics and shows.
MEMBERS: MILINDA OBERDIER and Jeff VANDERTOLL
Welcome new members Jeff and Milinda. Jeff is in the process of a total restoration of this highly desirable, 1951 Starlight Commander Coupe. These two couldn't wait to show us their car so they hauled it to their first Meet. This is as close to a frame-off restoration as it gets. Great looking outside, inside and underneath. Jeff is doing a super job. This car will take a lot of trophies in shows to come. Look for it at the St. Augustine, Anastacia State Park picnic in 2012.
MEMBERS: JEAN and TERRY POPE
Welcome new members Jean and Terry Pope. Finally got a picture of the "Golden Hawk". It showed up at our annual picnic (Anastasia State Park). Looks great, Jean and Terry are proud owners of this special model of Studebaker and I know we'll be seeing more of both at future meetings and events.
MEMBERS: FRANCIS AND BOB BROWATZKI
Francis and Bob are proud owners of a 1963 Daytona, Lark Convertible which Bob says is in final stages of restoration. Bob is doing most of the work as he has a background in the automotive industry. Bob was a Auto Dealer for many years and has owned and driven many Studebakers over the years. April 2011 will bring our Annual Picnic and hopefully their convertible will be ready for display. Bob and Francis reside in Middleburg Fl. and enjoy the country living. Bob was able to attend our July 16 Meeting and provided us an opportunity to photograph their Daytona Lark. A work in progress but not much left to do.
MEMBERS: JOE & KAREL DANIELS
Joe and Karel are the 1st new members for the year 2010. Coming from the South Georgia Chapter to Orange Park Florida is quite a change. We welcome them and hope they will bring new ideas to make our Chapter more fun and enjoyable. Joe has already tried his hand at "Grilling" so we know he can cook. We've invited the South Georgia Chapter to join us in May of 2010 at our 1st outing of the new year, St. Augustine, Anastasia State Park. Joe and Karel will make them feel right at home.
We finally got a picture of their 1948 Pickup and it's almost as beautiful as their 1987 Avanti convertible. I'll bet Karel helps polish both of these beauties.
MEMBERS: Brenda and Thomas Spargo
Brenda and Tom have been in the I.P. status (Interested Party) for a number of years. They are proud owners of a 1958 Scotsman wagon. We haven't seen this beauty as yet but I'm sure we will as they have decided to become "Active Members". Tom will be forwarding me a picture of their car for posting.
"WELCOME" to our Chapter, we're anxiously waiting to meet you both. Be sure to come to the next "Event" or Meeting.
MEMBERS: Dirlie and Ray Gahafer
Dirlie and Ray recently moved to the Arlington area of Jacksonville and brought with them their recent acquisition, a 1949 Studebaker Coupe. This beautiful car has been seen around town and photographed at local car shows. Ray also works as a DJ at Events and Car Shows. Now he has something cool to drive to exhibitions. We will be looking for a picture of Dirlie and Ray at our
next Event but in the meantime, here is their car, aint it a beaut ?