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Re: post 435 and Mercedes photos. This may be a Mercedes of 1908-1910 vintage. Can anyone verify, or offer up another make for this great car? Sorry I was slow in replying. My computer had a touch of H1N1 for a few days. And is post 2 a Mercedes?

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And now, for something completely different. One of Buffalo, New York's lesser known cars, the Parenti was no match for Pierce Arrow. Relatively few were made, and maybe this batch "off to Pittsburgh" represents a large portion of their output.

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A very unique bus and truck that was probably the tire shops dream. I do not know much about trucks and buses but this pair really caught my eye. All that I know is that the photo was taken in San Francisco and they must be from the mid twenties thru the mid thirties. I hope that there is someone out there that can enlighten us.

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What happened to the Studebaker powered race cars after 1933?<O:p</O:p

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The Studebaker factory team was dispersed in several directions, the #34 car was sold to Firestone Tire for use in their Chicago Worlds Fair exhibit for 1933 and 34. In later 1934 a wealthy sportsman from Elgin, IL bought it and had it modified into a 2-door roadster of sorts. On its first drive it became stuck on a railroad crossing due to low clearance and retired to his garage until after WWII. It was traded toward purchase of a new Hudson in 1949, was raced in SCCA events in IL until 1954. It was purchased by Brooks Stevens in 1955 from a Sheboygan, WI used car lot. Stevens had it rebodied to its 1933 racing style.<O:p</O:p

After Stevens passed away, it was acquired from his estate in 1996 by present owner August Grasis. *The original race body removed in 1935 appeared in a Chicago southside alley in 1960’s, was bought by Harrah’s and is now located in a CA collection.<O:p</O:p

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Internal memo’s indicate 1933 car #9 was exported to South Africa in 1935 where it was raced as late as 1959 when it had become no longer competitive. Subsequent owners used parts of the engine to rebuild the one in a 1928 Studebaker limousine turned into a hearse.<O:p</O:p

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When the 1933 car #6 was created from the 1932 #22 car, the 1932 body was preserved and later reunited with its chassis in 1937 as the #53 Sobonite Spl that finished 10<SUP>th</SUP> at Indy. After that event, it was acquired by Virgil Exner, then in 1941 period appeared as a sport car in SCCA events until Studebaker bought it back in 1952 for use in their 100<SUP>th</SUP> Anniversary events. Later in 1962 it was freshened up to 1932 specs and made exhibition laps driven by Cliff Bergere (who drove it to 3<SUP>rd</SUP> place in 1932) at Indianapolis when Studebaker was the pace car provider.<O:p</O:p

Ownership conveyed to Studebaker STP division and presently it is on loan to Indy 500 Museum at the Speedway.<O:p</O:p

*While still in its 1933 aero body, #6 was dressed up as an advertising car and made appearances around the country in 1934.<O:p</O:p

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The history of car #46 is unclear, however in 1990 well used remnants of car alleged to be those of #46 were shipped to Indianapolis 500 Museum shops from Germany to be restored to its 1932 appearance. The restored car was a very accurate replica and now appears in European vintage racing events driven by Herr Alfred Weber its owner.<O:p</O:p

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The images show

A_ KunsPhoto1933StudebakerTeam;<O:p</O:p

B_1933 #34 in its new 1935 sportcar attire; <O:p</O:p

C_ 1933 #34 original body in a Chicago alley; <O:p</O:p

D_ 1933 #9 car at Kimberley Hundred race 1935, Doug van Riet driver;<O:p</O:p

E_ 1933 #9 car as Tex Kingon driver/mechanic “fettles” engine in Africa;<O:p</O:p

F_ Very special photo of #53 Sobonite Spl from 1937, it was carried through pits at Indy by mechanic John Peck and bears 41 autographs of famous drivers and other personalities present that day; <O:p</O:p

G_ 1933#6 dressed up for promo tours after Indy in front of Studebaker Admin Bldg South Bend;<O:p</O:p

H_ 1933#6 at a dealership in New York;<O:p</O:p

I_ 1933#6 at Midway, PA where someone’s lady friend got to take a spin in it;<O:p</O:p

J_ 1933#6 at Midway, PA with Police escort, note siren on front of new 1934 Studebaker sedan at left;<O:p</O:p

K_ The Exner 1941 sportcar conversion of car #22; <O:p</O:p

L_ 1933 #46 equipped for tire testing at Indianapolis trials;

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These two images relate to previous post, I exceeded quantity of images limit.

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K_ The Exner 1941 sportcar conversion of car #22; <O:p</O:p

L_ 1933 #46 equipped for tire testing at Indianapolis trials;

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This is a nice photo of the start of an endurance tour of some form in Minneapolis. Unfortunately the men are in front of most of the cars but we do have a good look at #3 a Lozier Briarcliff touring.

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These two images relate to previous post, I exceeded quantity of images limit.

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K_ The Exner 1941 sportcar conversion of car #22; <o>:P</o>:P

L_ 1933 #46 equipped for tire testing at Indianapolis trials;

Hi, Stude 8. Just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all the pix of these historic Studebaker Indy cars in your numerous posts on the thread. I've been a big fan of these cars since I first met Bob Valpey about 25 years ago, and these period images have been just great!

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*This is the last installment of Studebaker Racing history, I hope our esteemed moderator is lenient about some later than 1941 images that complete the story.

“Hope Springs Eternal” for some of the independent Studebaker powered cars at Indy.<O:p</O:p

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Except for the #37 Hunt Spl car owned by Ab Jenkins famous cross country and endurance driver, several non-factory sponsored cars continued to appear at Indy up to 1941 and even after WWII.<O:p</O:p

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The #37 Hunt car became the 3<SUP>rd</SUP> factory car after #22 & #34 to be converted to a sport car for street use. It was driven around Salt Lake City, UT by Marvin Jenkins then sold to Ray Donald in CA then in 1973 was purchased by Stan Smith Sr & Jr who returned it to its 1931 appearance. Presently owned by Bob Valpey of NH.<O:p</O:p

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The 1932 body of car #18 was recovered from the estate of Charles Kozen a Chicago race promoter in the 1960’s by Charles Schwab a car enthusiast and eventually sold to Mike Cleary of CA who had a replica 1932 #18 constructed for the 1984 American Great Race Rally. This car still appears at West Coast vintage racing events.

<O:p</O:pOne of the most prolific Studebaker independents was the Russell 8 #4 of Russ Snowberger that won pole starting spot in 1931, finished 5<SUP>th</SUP> then with a new Hupmobile 8 engine became the “Hup Comet” in 1932 again finished 5<SUP>th</SUP>. It returned in 1934 as #58 the Scott Spl with a Studebaker 360 CID engine but wrecked at lap12. In 1937 it reappeared as #67 the Ray Eight with a Studebaker Commander 8 when its luck ran out. The Mannix Spl struck it in the pits, two track workers were killed in subsequent fire that destroyed both cars.<O:p</O:p

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A second Snowberger chassis car with a President 8 engine finished 8<SUP>th</SUP> in 1933 & 34. In 1935 it qualified as #39 the Blue Prelude and finished its career in 22<SUP>nd</SUP> place. Present status unknown.<O:p</O:p

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As their performance was slowly surpassed over the years the Studebaker powered cars dropped out of the running, one of these was the Art Rose Spl in 1933 that finished 6<SUP>th</SUP>, in future races it was called Schroeder Spl; Boyle Products Spl and finally Thorne Spl in 1937 when it failed to qualify and retired. In mid 1940’s it resided in a South Bend, IN collection, present whereabouts unknown.

<O:p</O:pAnother prolific car was the Nowiak-Magnee Commander 8 front drive that entered seven times at Indy from 1936 until 1946 known as American Twist Drill Spl, Precise Tool Spl, Greenfield Spl and last Enlist in USA where it was 1<SUP>st</SUP> alternate but did not run. It was restored in 1980’s and exists in an east coast collection today.

<O:p</O:pThe next to last Studebaker was #32 Kuehl-Osborne Spl designed by Virgil Exner and powered with a Studebaker inline 8, entered for 1947 but failed to qualify. The Exner body style was very advanced for its time, unfortunately the body was replaced in 1950 with a stretched production Studebaker body by Dave Kuehl a Studebaker engineer and still exists today in Indiana.

<O:p</O:pThe last Studebaker powered race car was the 1952 #97 Agajanian Spl powered by the famous Willie Utzman DOHC Studebaker 232 CID V8. It was DNQ at Indy and the marvelous engine survives at Smith Speedway Motors Museum in Lincoln, NE.

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The images show

A_ 1931 #37 Hunt Spl in its late 1930’s sport car appearance;<O:p</O:p

B_1932 #18 Studebaker Spl body as recovered in a Chicago alley; <O:p</O:p

C_ 1937 #67 Ray Eight after Indy 500 pit collision and fire; <O:p</O:p

D_ 1937 #52 Thorne Spl after retirement;<O:p</O:p

E_ 1937 #52 Thorne Spl after retirement;<O:p</O:p

F_ 1946 #32 Kuehl-Osborne Spl Exner Body;<O:p</O:p

G_ 1952 #97 Willie Utzman DOHC Studebaker V8

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I think that we should all give stude8 a standing ovation for the wonderful job he did on the Studebaker racing story at Indy!!!!!!!

I also think that we should appoint him to be a Head Chairman of all things Studebaker on this thread. And of coarse this means he have to keep us entertained with more features.

Keep up the great work stude8 and fill us in on more of the great Studebaker story!!!!!

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Who can tell us more about this very custom Cunningham with the wild paint and the cape top? I have heard that it was used in a movie and I am hoping that one of you out there can enlighten us.

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For my last post I thought this would fit in as Stude8 has shown us photos of him racing Studebakers. Cliff Bergere was a very talented driver with a great career. This photo shows him in his Model A Duesenberg.

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Your AACA Library & Research Center has tens of thousands of photographs, postcards and illustrations. Recently the library was given a scrapbook made by Edsel Ford that documented a cross country trip he & a few of his buddies made during the summer of 1915. There was an article documenting the trip in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of The Horseless Carriage Gazette.

That is Edsel on the horse & the stone building is the lookout building at the Grand Canyon. The gun play? Just boys being boys!

-Chris

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Your AACA Library & Research Center has tens of thousands of photographs, postcards and illustrations. Recently the library was given a scrapbook made by Edsel Ford that documented a cross country trip he & a few of his buddies made during the summer of 1915. There was an article documenting the trip in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of The Horseless Carriage Gazette.

That is Edsel on the horse & the stone building is the lookout building at the Grand Canyon. The gun play? Just boys being boys!

-Chris

Chris.......please treat us to more photos. Many Thanks, T-Head

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