Our SDC Chapter was chartered in 1981. We've had some great club adventures over the past 39 years. We've hosted the 31st SDC Int'l Meet in Dearborn, Michigan in 1995, hosted a Crossroads Zone Meet in Dundee, Michigan in 2014 and one in Archbold, Ohio in 2018. We invite you to contact us about our club and to join us as a guest at one of our many monthly events.
Here is a photo taken at one of our fun events.
Our SDC Chapter hosts monthly activities at various locations in Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio.
We've toured the Piquette Avenue Ford Model-T Museum, adjacent to the 1910 era EMF/Studebaker Building property.
We toured a restored vintage Texaco Gas Station-Garage and antique auto memorabilia collection on State Route 109.
Liz posing next to a 1949 2R5 Pickup Truck that Dave owned a few years ago.
IDYSD 2020 Who knew we’d run into Batman? Actually, the Batmobile. Not literally! Our trip south started innocently enough. As luck would have it, The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology – organizers of The EyesOn Design event in Detroit (actually Grosse Pointe Shores) – scheduled a “pop-up event” to cruise Lake Shore Road the Sunday after IDYSD. Looking for excuses to take a road trip, Barbara and I planned our Saturday drive to Metro Detroit. Once there, we’d run a few chores and visit a few of my old haunts. Our first stop was the Northville Watch and Clock Shop to pick up my Howard Miller regulator I’d dropped off a few weeks earlier for cleaning. The watchmaker loved my car and had to excuse herself from the store to come visit. While the watchmaker was still working, I promised her a cruise on our next trip. COVID-19 just has a way of interfering with life. I’d forgotten to bring sanitizer! CVS (drug store) was our next and unscheduled stop. With 9/11 fresh on our minds, the next Kodak Moment was an easy one. The summer after September 11, 2001, a local artist painted the American Flag on the back of the now-closed Marquis Theater. The Marquis once (1970s) sold $1 tickets to the second running of contemporary films. In 2010, Barbara and I saw a Doo Wop performance there. Yes, we really saw Smokey Robinson! Hey(!), it’s after Labor Day – so, cider and donuts - a must! Parmenter’s Cider Mill, once owned by my son-in-law’s grandparents, was right around the corner. Oops…many others had similar thoughts. No cider and donuts but we managed a photo op. An overnighter surely includes a hotel, the Renaissance Baronette was our go-to place. Pre-COVID, our last stay had more creature comforts. Regardless, Marty knows how to make a mean martini. Mixing old with new, we stopped at the nearby Carvana Kiosk before dinner at Plymouth’s Cantoro’s Trattoria. Cantoro’s, a favorite, has great food – once the food ordered is delivered. …perhaps, a story for a one-on-one! What’s a final trip round the block in Northville without confirming the Long Lived Legend of Batman and Robin sightings? Whenever close, the afterburner actuator kicked in and quickly we were dispatched. Next time, perhaps, we’ll catch the elusive Masked Crusader of Northville! Bill (Accompanying photos below. CLICK ON A PHOTO TO READ CAPTION).
Gerry recently passed away after a long fight with Cancer. He leaves behind wife Peggy and many relatives and friends.
In May 2014 he got to finally visit the Studebaker Mansion - Tippecanoe Place in South Bend.
Gerry and his 1948 Champion Sedan at the Jewish Sr Dream Cruise in West Bloomfield, MI on 8/17/2016
Gerry was always showing folks his car and giving rides. He was a happy Studebaker owner.
Myrna L. Bush, the only child of Orrin E. and Zoe A. (Rupert) Semler, was born in a brick farmhouse in Arcadia, Ohio on May 13, 1937. She passed away on June 26, 2021 in Sylvania, Ohio while holding the hand of her husband of forty years, Ronald R. Bush. They were married in 1981. Myrna retired from the Human Resources Department of Libbey Inc. in 1998. Surviving are her husband; three daughters Julie (Wendell) Jacobson, Kathy (Rick) Clift, and Susan (Lee Evans) Jones; grandchildren Erin and Rachel Jacobson, Lindsay (Virender) Sharma, and Evan Jones; stepson John Bush; step-grandchildren Robert, Carolynn, Kathleen, Steven and Judy. Also great-grandson Kai and eight step-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and stepdaughter Connie Militano and stepson Charles Bush. Myrna’s lifelong passion was genealogy; she also enjoyed reading, sitting on her porch watching birds, visiting with family, and shared her husband’s interest in motorcycles and classic cars by taking extensive trips to events all over the country. She leaves behind many beloved cousins, friends, neighbors and a shy tuxedo cat named Sarah. Her loving family will miss her sweet laugh, generous heart, and kind spirit. Contributions can be made to The Ability Center of Greater Toledo Online condolences to reebfuneralhome.com
William H. Peacocke joined the WLEC about 10 years ago. His love of Studebakers goes back to his earlier working years when he drove a C-K Coupe as a daily driver. This big man & his big smile will be missed at our club events. R.I.P. dear car buddy.
Bill's '64 GT Hawk seen parked on Old Woodward in Birmingham at the 2017 Woodward Dream Cruise.
Bill's sharp '64 GT Hawk is shown parked in Shield's Pizza's parking lot at 10 Mile & Telegraph Rds. at the 2017 WDC Afterglow Dinner.
Joe was a retired automotive design engineer who often shared his vast knowledge of everything automotive. He was the leader for our members attending the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. We will all miss him as he was a big classic car event supporter.
MEL'S 1962 Champ Pick-Up
Shop Logo of the Livonia Career Technical Center.
WLEC at The Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show 6-04-04.