Owen Often passed away on the 18th July 2020. Owen owned many Studebakers for over 50 years. I first met him many years ago now in a garage in a place called St Andrews, a small town the South Island. He had a beautifully restored red and white Hawk parked outside. He had a mate working with him and a cat. We talked about Stude's for a while and we carried on. I odin't think I'd be joining the Studebaker Club back then. Owen gave of this time with many community projects as well as working with his Studebakers and Club members Studebakers. I believe Owen even worked on my Bomber when it belonged to Mike and Barbara Cross. He was just 78 and he'll be missed by all who knew him.
On Saturday evening 1st August, the Christchurch club held a dinner for club members. I just happened to be in Christchurch so I went along with Mike and Barbara Cross. Had a great time with a pot luck dinner. Here are some of the photos I took on my phone while I was there.
Me and President Terry
A painting on our host's wall
Mike Cross and other members
Some of the ladies present.
On Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th July Linda and I went to a Studebaker event at Thames. Studebaker owners from around the North island came some with their cars. There was an organised dinner at the home of Frank and Julie Ward followed the next morning by breakfast. The talk of course was about mainly about Studebakers and included the cancelling of the nationals to 2022. On Sunday morning everyone gathered for a group photo of the cars that came and of course the people. Here are some photos of the event.
People enjoying breakfast.
Here are the cars that came.,,beautiful!
A very handsome group of Studebaker fold indeed!
Our condolences to Graeme McCabe's family. Graeme passed recently. Graeme was the previous webmaster..
The club committee meets every Thursday might at the Avonhead Tavern Withells Rd Christchurch from 5pm to 7pm.
Welcome to new members - Richard and Marylyn Morrison of Christchurch.
Welcome to two new members, Paul and Lynley Everett with their 1951 Champion and to Alex and Jo Rees with their 1963 Lark. The photo of Paul and Lynley's car is in the gallery
Also welcome to new members - Derek and heather Jones of Kaikoura with their 1957 Golden Hawk. No doubt we'll see them at the Nationals.
Welcome to Tim and Anne Miller from Stoke. They have three Studebaker's a 1936 Sedan, a 1936 Coupe and a 1938 Coupe.
Welcome to new members Mark and Raewyn Robertson of Taupaki. They have a 1950 Champion Starlight Coupe.
Welcome to new member Leigh Archbald of Christchurch with his 1956 Transtar Pickup.
So anything newsy - email me Billhohepa@xtra.co.nz