Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour AND Car Show

The Mid-Century Modern Home Tour has added a car show to the schedule. Admission to display and view cars is free, but limited to 150 cars total. The date is Saturday 26, 2010 at the Sacramento Executive Airport on Freeport Boulevard.

Click here for details. Or, contact Kris Lannin Liang at or call 916-919-1684 for more information.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Studebaker's New Aero Nose - Popular Science - 1949

I was fortunate enough to spot this nearly mint original of Popular Science Monthly from September 1949 on a collectibles web site.

The magazine commissioned original art for its cover and dedicated several pages to reviewing Studebaker's new technical specs and look for the 1950 model year. The cover and first page of the article are below. More to come ...

Studebaker - Model - Cars

Michael Paul Smith's models of 1950s American towns, streets, and cars are masterful and have been viewed millions of times on Let's not forget to mention that they feature images of Studebaker cars!

"My model making skills are an accumulation of numerous and varied jobs I've had over the years. Everything from text book illustrator, wallpaper hanger and house painter, designer of museum displays, architectural model maker, and art director for retail stores. My love of the 20th Century has been a constant inspiration for all of my work."

See all of Michael Paul Smith's photographs here.

Photos copyright Michael Paul Smith

Design a New Studebaker Contest - Studebaker National Museum

"Got an idea for what a new Studebaker would look like? Enter the Studebaker National Museum's 2010 Design Contest! Deadline for entries is October 22, 2010."

"Original design submissions can be created through any artistic medium available, including but not limited to pencil, ink, crayon, computer-aided drawing software, or a combination of several techniques.

Compose your design essay on a separate sheet of paper in 100 words or fewer. Explain your design choices, including details on issues such as safety, aerodynamics, efficiency, or anything else that makes your design unique."

Download the Studebaker National Museum / Design a New Studebaker Entry Form here.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Studebaker Champion - Image Mash-up

Here's a cool little video mash-up of Studebaker Champion images, advertisements, and owner photographs.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2nd Annual California Automobile Museum Car Cruise

I'm very close to entering my car into this classic car cruise. Regardless, I'm headed to Midtown to check it out. The 2009 Cruise was excellent!

2nd Annual CAM Car Cruise to roll through the streets of Sacramento in July

On Saturday, July 31, get ready for Sacramento to come alive with the sights and sounds of over two hundred unique cars from various eras and manufacturers as they converge on Downtown and Midtown Sacramento to celebrate an American summertime tradition of hot rod cruising with community-wide participation.

The 2nd Annual CAM Car Cruise, hosted by the California Automobile Museum (CAM), will be a fun-filled day for the whole family and will begin with a car show at the California Automobile Museum. Cars will then proceed on a car cruise through the streets of Sacramento and re-park for a second car show (location to be determined). Price for car cruise participants is $39 early registration, $49 after June 30 with an extra $5 off for CAM Gearhead members.

All cars of interest welcome! General admission is free for spectators.

Family- friendly, fun-filled day beginning with a car show at the California Automobile Museum, a car cruise through the streets of Sacramento, and a final car show.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Price for car cruise is $39 early registration, $49 after June 30 with an extra $5 off for CAM Gearhead members. General admission is free for spectators.

Click here to visit the Car Cruise web page.

1953 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe

I'm not a rodder, but this is a fine car.

"The cream-colored engine compartment sets off a small-block Chevy decked out in dark green. Gary got a deal on the seasoned, Quadrajet-fed 350, and then made it even better with block-hugger headers, Olds Rocket valve covers, and tasteful detailing. A Speedway Motors aluminum radiator and electric fan keep things cool. Heartland Transmissions in Kearney rebuilt the GM 200-4R overdrive automatic."

Read the full article on Rod & Custom dot com.