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25 years ago: Local Studebakers win international prizes

August 29, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 29, 1987:

Lovers of vintage automobiles had a beautiful front-page photo to sigh over in today's paper. Alex Wiley, Tonganoxie, and George Redding, rural Lawrence, were shown with their prize-winning Studebakers, "This car is really fun to drive," said Reddng of his 1948 convertible model. "As long as I'm alive, this car will not be sold. And I'd like to keep it in the family after I'm gone." Wiley had similar sentiments about his restored 1941 Skyway Champion. The two cars had taken second place in their categories at the 25th International Studebaker Meet this summer at Estes Park, Colo. "Studebakers were very advanced for their time," Wiley said. "For instance, both of these cars have what are called hill holders. You can push in the brake, hit the clutch and the car won't roll when you let off the brake. Subaru's just now coming out with it." Wiley had bought his car three years earlier from a Nebraska man who had kept it in a field. After finding parts at several swap meets in various states, Wiley had rebuilt the engine and restored the interior.

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