Collin Morgan takes us on a tour of a museum dedicated to one of the American auto industry’s most historical orphan brands. South Bend, IN is located in a geographical region of the Midwest apathetically known as “The Armpit of America”, or “The Rust Belt”. This corridor of cornfields and smokestacks stretches from Chicago to Pittsburgh, and contains once wealthy industrious cities such as Gary, Detroit and Cleveland. It’s also the home of the SOUTH BEND: STUDEBAKER NATIONAL MUSEUM. The automob...Read More
BOOK REVIEW: LANCIA LORAYMO, ONE OF ONE!
This book is as much about Loewy’s logic of industrial design and creative process as it is about his bespoke Lancia. Raymond Loewy, the Father of Industrial Design, is most familiar to consummate carguys because of Studebaker’s Avanti and Starliner coupes. Loewy was also responsible for designing streamlined locomotives, refrigerators, telephones, and logos for Shell Oil, Exxon, TWA and Lucky Strike to name a few.` Written by Brandes Elitch, Lancia Loraymo follows the development of Raymond...Read More
THE GMC BLOWER & MY PAL BRUCE!
Veteran racer and supercharging and fuel injection guru, Gale Banks, blogs about the good old days and the great new days. I’d rather be Blown Than Injected, so reads Bruce Geisler’s t-shirt. It’s the early 1960s, we’re in the pits at Bonneville wrenching our Studebakers. It’s over 100 degrees at an altitude of 4,219 feet, no wonder my Moon air density meter is only reading 81%. Despite the low ambient air density, my Hilborn-injected, Isky-cammed, Small Block Chevy has pushed my ’53 Stude to...Read More