Rock River Valley Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club

Our Charter, Keeping the Studebaker Marque Alive
Welcome to the Rock River Valley Studebaker Drivers Club Website
Last Updated:
November 11th, 2016
Updated cars of the month, meeting dates for 2017, and Zone meet information.
November 12th, 2016
Added a link to the Gasser Wars Article about Gordy's dragsters.

Click on the Globe left to go to the Sub-Site "Articles", if you are interested in automotive trivia and history, else don't bother.



This wonderful example of a 1954 Studebaker Commander two door coupe Starlight is owned by Oren and Jackie Ashley.  It features the optional wire hubcaps

The 1953 Studebaker's were the first entirely new body style since 1947. The 1954 was a simple update of that design. The 1954 grill bar has grown a series of vertical bars. The hood ornament is an all new design and was used only that year. The rear & front deck ornamentation is updated. The dash was sightly updated with the four separate gauges now encased in a Gage Cluster. New hubcaps are used. The 1954 running gear stays nearly the same. The 1953/1954 Raymond Loewy sedan body design, albeit heavily modified, would live on in the Hawk and Lark series until the end of production in 1966.


The following information was found on the Classic Database Website, as I have never seen a breakdown of Studebaker production by model, the production numbers would seem suspect.


Base Cost: $1,980.00

Production: 2,838

Weight: 3,085 pounds

Wheel Base: 116.6 inches

Engine: V8 232.6 cu. in. 127 Horsepower


The last event (other then lunch), of the RRVCSDC's 2016 Fall Tour, was a visit to one of the newer attractions of Green Bay, the Automobile Gallery.

It opened for the first time January 2nd of this year. So you most likely have not been to see it.

It has an amazing collection of cars, all in pristine condition.   Many of the cars are on loan, so the collection changes from time to time, promoting additional visits.   Many are displayed on elevated platforms, giving the unique views shown in the running animation above.   I highly recommend a visit to this great venue.

The Automobile Gallery of Green Bay Site


The Automobile Gallery is a non-profit, dedicated to share the passion of the automobile with the Green Bay community and car enthusiasts throughout the United States.  The gallery is the vision of entrepreneur and automobile collector William “Red” Lewis.  This extraordinary property was completely updated and renovated and boasts over 18,000 square feet of event and gallery space.  The gallery displays almost 50 vehicles of distinction.


The preserved facade of the former Denil Cadillac dealership combined with contemporary architectural elements, interiors, meeting spaces, social gathering areas and the spectacular expansive showroom gallery make The Automobile Gallery one of the most versatile and desirable venues in the area.  The Automobile Gallery is open to the general public on weekends and varied weekdays.  It is ideally located near hotels, restaurants and entertainment in
Green Bay, WI.

Regular Gallery Hours are from are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Week days, call for daily times.   Ticket sales end one hour before closing.   Their phone number is 920 437-9024 or email them at   The address is 400 South Adams Street, Green Bay, WI 54301.

The price of a ticket is $8.00 for seniors (62+), $10.00 for adults (18+) , $8.00 for children (7 to 17).  Children under 7 free.  Active and reserve military free.

For more information about the attraction, click the link below.

Automobile Gallery Video                                               


Gasser Wars magazine did the linked story below in one of their issues this summer. They have given us permission to share the article with you as long as we give them credit.  The article was written by Phil Morris.  It is an article about Gordy Buetsch's dragsters and his life long love of the sport.   Click on the link below "Gasser Wars" and enjoy the article in a seperate window. Enjoy!!!!!!!!

The next link will take you to the Gasser Wars Magazine

The club meets the first Monday of every month, unless that date is a holiday, then the meeting is on the next Monday.
Date of Next Meeting:
Meeting Dates for 2016
January 2nd, 2017
February 6th, 2017
March 6th, 2017
April 3rd, 2017
May 1st, 2017
June 5th, 2017
July 3rd, 2017
August 7th, 2017
September 11th, 2017
October 2nd, 2017
November 6th, 2017
December 5th, 2016

Location:  Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles Street, Rockford IL

Time:  Dinner at  5:30 P.M. Meeting starts at 7:00 P.M


May 3-6, 2017

The 53rd Annual International Studebaker Drivers Club Meet
in conjunction with

The 36th ANNUAL

at the St. Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds
South Bend, IN


8/24/2017 (Thursday) - 8/26/2017 (Saturday)
Location: Brookfield Wisconsin
Sponsoring Chapter: Wisconsin Region
Wisconsin Region will host the Upper Mississippi Valley Zone Meet 2017
Contact: Rick Rechek, 920-905-5401, email:


The Sheraton Brookfield has established a reservation system and it is active.

Guest's can call 262-364-1100, press 2 and ask for the “Upper Mississippi Valley Meet Room Block” or use the link below to make online reservations.…

You can also call in and ask for group UH21AB, that will take you to the room block as well.

The room rate is $99.00 per night

375 South Moorland Road, Brookfield, WI 53005


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