Rock River Valley Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club

Our Charter, Keeping the Studebaker Marque Alive
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Last Updated:
August 19th, 2014
Updated the "Photo Album" and updated coming events

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 fine example of the last Studebaker Hawk produced is owned by Ron and Kathie Bell.  It underwent a family and friends restoration several years ago and is still in great shape today.
There were only 1,767 GT Hawks made for the 1964 model year, with the last one coming off the South Bend line on December 20th, 1963.  (All South Bend production ended in December of 1963).
This car is equipped with the optional front-half vinyl Sport Roof and factory air conditioning.  The most significant change from the 1963 models was the elimination of the deck lid overlay, which on all prior GT’s had been used to cover up the horizontal grooves found in the deck lids of all the regular Hawk (1956 to 1961).  The new deck lid had no recessed area.  New badges for the deck lid, grill and sides were used, and the hood now sported the new “Circle S” ornament.  The tail light housings were chromed and a simpler nonvoting side grill with clear parking lights lenses and amber bulbs were used.  A new Hawk emblem in the center of the grill replaced the former tri-color badge.
Interior changes were slight with modification to the interior door panels and some minor changes to the dash area.
The new special Avanti 304.5 cu. in. R3 and R4 engines were offered as options, but none were ever equipped on any production models.  Studebaker ran speed trials at Bonneville in October of 63, reaching a top speed of 154 mph with a 335 hp proto type R3 GT Hawk, clearly the fastest Hawk ever created.

On our annual spring tour with the Rock River Valley Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club, one of the more memorable events was the trip to the Gilmore Car Museum.  The museum is located on a 90-acre campus midway between Detroit and Chicago.  It contains an amazing collection of over 300 vintage automobiles, motorcycles, and memories.  It’s America’s Signature Collection, and the ultimate experience for any car guy or gal.  The tour starts in the “Gilmore Heritage Center”, an air conditioned section of the campus, housing an opening collection of vintage cars, followed by the Hudson collection, the Franklin Collection, and a vintage Hot Rod collection.  Exiting the building you go across the street to the Ford Model A collection, in another air conditioned building, then move on to the Pierce Arrow Collection in still another air conditioned building.  On this street, they are also building two new venues, the Cadillac & LaSalle building, and the Lincoln building (the Lincoln building will be dedicated Aug 2nd, this year).  From here you have to move out into the campus where the barns hold collections for the ACCA and others.  The free running gif above will only wet your appetite as to what might be in store for you if you decide to visit.  Note:  I photo shopped the 57 Golden Hawk and the 48 Champion Convertible into the gas station photos, keeping in mind, we are a Studebaker Club.

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 2014
January 6th, 2014
February 3rd, 2014
March 3rd, 2014
April 6st, 2014
May 5th,  2014
June 2nd, 2014
July 7th, 2014
August 4th, 2014
September 1st, 2014
October 6th, 2014
November 3th, 2014
December 1st, 2014

Location:  Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles Street, Rockford IL

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


When: 9/26/2014 (Friday) 9/27/2014 (Saturday)

Hosts: Badger Wheel Chapter

Location: Menomonie, Wisconsin


HQ: Econo Lodge Inn, $62 Studebaker rate, 715-235-9651, 1815 North Broadway, just off Exit 41 on I-94.

This will be combined with the annual Midwest Studebaker Only Swap Meet.  Contact Marv Roberts, 715-381-9523, for registration form
Contact: Harold Mueller 715-456-8450

Join us, August 16th, to August 22nd, 2014 in St. Louis, MO

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