I’ve already covered the two record-taking Studebakers for this 2010 Speedweek in previous articles of this Speed Seeking Studebakers series (#1 & #2). So before looking at more racing Studes, I wanted to show you some of the fine Studebakers that spectators were driving around on the salt!
To begin with, is Bob Weaver’s 1953 Studebaker Coupe.
I’m not sure color has as much to do with speed as the aerodynamics body of the Studebaker coupe – but in this case yellow=fast! My 5-year-old nephew exclaimed “Yellow cars are the fastest” while wandering around Gene Winfield’s shop a couple of months ago, and in this case I’d say he’s right!
It isn’t just the yellow color and aerodynamic body that’s making this Studebaker go fast. This special Stude has a Chrysler Hemi powerplant! I was amazed at how snugly it fit in the engine compartment. This hot rod sure looks just as pretty under the hood as above it!
If the airplane-nose isn’t enough to make this old car stand out, then the fishnet & high-heeled leg sticking up out of it is! Of all the strange and original shifters I’ve seen, this one takes the cake!
Lastly, of course I was there on the salt with my own 1955 Studebaker Champion Coupe. (Note: Did you know that a “coupe” is differentiated by a “hardtop” by the B-pillar inbetween the front and rear-seat windows?)