STUDEBAKER SALT FLATS RACERS
2010 BONNEVILLE SPEED WEEK
1949 Studebaker Pickup
1953 Studebaker Hardtop
1964 Studebaker Avanti
1953 Starlight Coupe
1941 Studebaker Champion
Another Modified 1953 Hardtop
Hemi Powered Starlight Coupe
Rear Angle View
Another Starlight Coupe
Studebaker Powered 1953 Coupe
Bill Junge took some great pictures at the August 2010 Bonneville Speed Week Speed event sponsored by the Southern California Timing Association.
This event was held August 14 through 20 and as usual a number of Studebakers were entered in several classes.
Norris Anderson's 1949 Studebaker C Cab Pickup Number 898 set a new class record in AA/MP of 219.331 mph.
This was an old farm truck before it was rescued and built as a salt flat racer.
As to class designation, the letters to the left of the slash designate engine size of which "AA" is the biggest at 501 cubic inches and larger.
The letters to the right of the slash indicate body type of which "MP" stands for "modified pickup."
An explanation of the Bonneville class system can be found here.
The 1964 Avanti Number 646 entered by RRC/USA/Australia ran a best speed of 191.97 in Class C/CGC.
The "CGC" stands for "classic gas coupe."
The 1953 Studebaker Hardtop Number 749 entered by Greg Everitt & Crew ran a best speed of 207.791 in Class A/GCC.
The "GCC" stands for "gas competition coupe."
The 1953 Starlight Coupe Number 653 entered by Gordon Driedger of Alberta, Canada ran 149.864 in Class XF/GCC.
Engine class XF is for Ford and Mercury flathead V8's.
Gordon's Stude is powered by a 296 cubic inch flathead Ford V8.
The 1941 Studebaker Champion Coupe Number 1941 entered by the South Omaha Boys powered by a Chevy V8 ran a best speed of 191.97 mph in Class C/GCC.
Here is a rear angle view of this cool racer.
The 1953 Studebaker Hardtop Number 974 entered by "Just Glad to be Here" ran a best speed of of 226.96 in Class B/BGCC.
The "BGCC" stands for "blown gas competition coupe."
This car driven by Lloyd "Hooley" Huffman set a class record for B/BGCC in 2006 with a speed of 236.921.
The white Starlight Coupe Number 9304 entered by Andre Moreau from Quebec, Canada ran 183.07 in class B/GALT.
Engine class "B" is from 373 to 439 cubic inches.
Andre's racer is Chrysler Hemi V8 powered.
Here is a rear view of this car headed down the salt.
The 1953 Starlight Coupe Number 1012 with plexiglass covered streamlined headlights entered by Dennis Denham ran 205.124 in Class B/CGALT.
The "CGALT" stands for "classic gas altered."
The 1953 Starlight Coupe Number 4594 entered by Greg Meyers ran a best speed of 133.538 in Class F/CGALT.
Engine class "F" is 123 to 183 cubic inches, in this case a destroked Studebaker V8.
The complete story of this car can be found here.
Thanks to Bill for sending the pictures and information.
2011 BONNEVILLE SPEED WEEK
1955 Studebaker Coupe
Rear Angle View
Four Cylinder Starlight Coupe
Under the Hood
Chopped 1953 Starlight Coupe
Rear Angle View
Bill Junge returned to Bonneville for the August 2011 Speed Week with his camera in hand and Studebaker was once again well represented.
The 1955 Studebaker Coupe Number 352 was entered by Terry Coe and Tom of the San Diego Roadster Club.
SDRC was founded in 1941 to further the sport of land speed racing.
This car driven by Tom Coe ran a best speed of 202.724 mph in Class C/GCC.
Engine class "C" is 306 to 372 cubic inches.
Here is an underhood shot.
The four cylinder Starlight Coupe Number 1138 entered by the Hudson Boys and driven by Skip Carlson ran a best speed of 123.782 mph in Class F/CBGALT which was a new class record.
Engine class "F" is 123 to 183 cubic inches.
The Hudson Boys Studebaker is powered by a supercharged four cylinder Mercury boat engine.
Here is another shot of the engine.
The chopped 1953 Starlight Coupe Number 653 entered by Gordon Driedger of Alberta, Canada ran 156.066 mph in Class XF/GCC.
Here is another view of this streamlined racer.
This car also appeared in Bill's 2010 Bonneville coverage.
Thanks again to Bill for sending the pictures and information.
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