Studebaker Cool

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May 18 – October 20, 2019

“Studebaker Cool: 114 years of Innovation” will explore South Bend, Indiana’s contribution to wheeled transportation in the World. While the exhibit will discuss the Studebaker Brothers humble start as a wagon manufacturer helping settlers move across the American frontier in Studebaker built Conestoga wagons, we will primarily focus on the last 60 years of automobile production ending in 1966.

The exhibit will include everything from the early World War I era to the Supercharged Fiberglass Avanti sports car including a rare sampling of Studebaker trucks, modified cars, and even the Studebaker the public never saw – The 1962 Sceptre: the Brooks Stevens designed prototype which was intended as the 1966-67 replacement for the Hawk.  This is its first appearance in an east coast museum in cooperation with the Studebaker National Museum!   If you like cool cars designed by the famous Raymond Loewy studios and are a fan of fast cars, don’t miss this fascinating look into one of the nation’s longest-lived, most innovative automobile manufacturers: Studebaker!!!

This exhibit opens publically on May 18th; however, there will be an opportunity to join us for an exhibit preview party on Friday, May 17th.   See more details below.   Advance tickets will be required and will be available for sale soon.

Spectre photo credit Historic Vehicle Association

Photo credit: Historic Vehicle Association

Studebaker National Museum logo

Studebaker Cool:  114 Years of Innovation is in cooperation with The Studebaker National Museum – South Bend, Indiana

A special thank you to the guest curators of this exhibit:

Mr. Gaye Liddick & Mr. Paul Wichterman

1954 Studebaker Commander

1939 Studebaker K15M Truck

1939 Studebaker K15M

1908 EMF Model 30

1908 EMF Model 30

Gold Exhibits Sponsors:

Keyston Region Studebaker Drivers Club logo
Studebaker Drivers Club Inc
Studebaker National Foundation logo
Antique Studebaker Club Logo

Thank you to our gold sponsors!    We greatly appreciate your support in helping make this exhibit possible.

We’re excited to welcome the Studebaker Drivers Club as a new sponsor for this exhibit as of April 15th.

Opening Night Party – May 17th

5:30 – 9:00 PM

Join us Friday, May 17 for the opening of our new exhibits!   We’ll feature a lively discussion on the history of Studebaker followed by a question and answer session and book signing with Studebaker authors and experts Andrew Beckman, Archivist for the Studebaker Museum, prolific author Patrick Foster, and Hawk expert and author, Mark James. Moderating the program will be a writer and automotive historian Bill Rothermel. If you enjoyed our recent Mustang exhibit opener and Tucker Talks, you won’t want to miss this fun and informative evening!

Be one of the first to see Studebaker Cool:  114 Years of Innovation; Harley-Davidson: History, Mythology, and Perceptions of America’s Motorcycle; and a display of vehicles curated by the Pontiac-Oakland International Keystone State Chapter.

5:30 – 6:45  Enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and cocktails (cash bar) and enjoy the many vehicles on display through the Museum

7:00 – 8:00  Program including famed Studebaker authors:  Andrew Beckman; Patrick Foster & Mark L. James

Books will be available for purchase that evening, and the authors will graciously stay for a book signing following the program.

Event Registration Information:

This event is free to AACA Museum, Inc. Members, Donors, Volunteers and Exhibit Vehicle Owners and Sponsors along with one guest, additional guests are welcome at the cost of $15.00.    Complimentary attendees should call us to register at 717-566-7100.

The cost is $15.00  for the general public and you can register directly using the link below.

Advance registration is required to attend this program on or before May 10th.

Please consider joining the Museum today!

Bill Rothermel Moderator

Bill Rothermel – As an automotive historian and freelance writer, Bill’s work is regularly featured in Automobile Quarterly, Sports Car Market, Old Cars Weekly, along with a recurring column in Hemmings Muscle Cars. He serves as a catalog writer for RM Sotheby’s Auctions as well as a writer for their in-house magazine Shift. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the AACA Museum, Inc. and The Elegance at Hershey. Bill provides the color commentary as Master of Ceremonies at the Boca Raton Concours of Elegance, The Elegance at Hershey, the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance, Concours of America at St. Johns, the Hemmings Concours, and for 2019, Eurofest and the Las Vegas Concours. He serves as a class judge at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Greenbrier Concours, Greenwich Concours d’Elegance and Classic Sports Sunday

Andrew Beckman

Andrew Beckman Photo

Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Author Bio

Andrew Beckman has been with the Studebaker National Museum since 1999 and currently serves as Archivist.  He previously worked at the Sheboygan County Historical Society in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the Wade House State Historic Site in Greenbush, Wisconsin.  Mr. Beckman hails from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and holds a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. In 2004, he completed the Modern Archives Institute at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.  In 2009, he earned his mid-level certificate in Collections Preservation from the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in Mount Carroll, Illinois.  Mr. Beckman is the author of “The Studebaker National Museum: Over a Century on Wheels,” and “Studebaker’s Last Dance:  The Avanti,” and is a columnist for the Studebaker Drivers Club magazine, Turning Wheels.


In addition to his duties at the Studebaker National Museum, Mr. Beckman serves as Past President of the Society of Automotive Historians and is a commentator for The Henry Ford Museum’s Motor Muster. Mr. Beckman grew up in a family of Studebaker owners, and currently owns a 1941 Studebaker President Skyway Cruising Sedan and a 1964 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop.

Studebakers Last Dance _ Avanit

Patrick Foster

Patrick Foster ImageAuthor PATRICK FOSTER

One of America’s best-known automotive journalists is Patrick Foster, a dedicated historian/author who has been writing for more than twenty-five years. Foster is a feature writer and has regular columns in Hemmings Classic Car and Old Cars magazines and is a feature writer for Collectible Automobile and Vintage Truck magazines as well. He has written 28 books and contributed material to several others.

Foster has won numerous writing awards including the AACA’s prestigious Thomas McKean Memorial Cup Award for the best book of automotive history for 1998. In 1997 one of his works was named Outstanding Periodical Article for the year by the Society of Automotive Historians. In 2011 Foster was honored with the Lee Iacocca Award, one of the most coveted awards in the car hobby, for excellence in automotive writing. The 2015 International Automotive Media Council (IAMC) Awards saw him bring home a Silver Medal for an article on the 1930-1934 Nash automobiles, and a Bronze Medal for his book “Jeep- The History of America’s Greatest Vehicle.” In 2016 Foster took home two awards from the IAMC event when “International Harvester Trucks- The Complete History” won a Silver medal and an article on George Romney was award a Bronze. The year 2017 brought more awards; Foster was awarded the trophy for Best Book of Automotive History for the year, for his “Airstream-America’s World Traveler.” That book was also awarded a Gold Medal in its category. His book “Willys-Overland Illustrated History” also took home a Gold Medal.

He recently debuted two new books: 1001 Facts About Jeep” and Lost Car Legends: America’s Independent Car Companies 1945-1985.”

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Foster resides in Milford, Connecticut.

Studebaker The Complete History book

Mark L. James

Author Mark James PhotoAuthor|Bio

Mark L. James is an avid collector, exhibitor, and driver of postwar Studebaker hardtop coupes. He is a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), the Studebaker Drivers Club and the Society of Automotive Historians. Mark is an AACA Senior Master Judge. He also likes having his own cars judged, and his Golden Hawks have won four AACA National Awards among many other AACA Awards. His Golden Hawks have also been judged at Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance (Outstanding Postwar Automobile), Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance (Most Elegant Postwar Automobile), Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm (Most Outstanding Studebaker), Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance (Overall Best of Show), and Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance (Best of Show Finalist). In addition, they have won twenty Best in Class awards.

Mark is the author of two books “Studebaker’s Hidden Treasure” and “Studebaker’s 1962-64 Gran Turismo – The Final Flight of the Hawk.” Mark’s articles on Golden Hawks have also been published in a variety of publications including Antique Automobile (official publication of the Antique Automobile Club of America) and the Event Magazine for the 2016 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance among others. Mark is an attorney in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he has practiced tax and estate law for over 25 years.

Studebakers 1962-64 Gran Turismo Book Studebakers Hidden Treasure book