My Classic Car Page
My assault on the PSMCDR in my 299ci 1964 Studebaker R2 Hawk in September 2013 against a 1971 351ci Ford Big Block Torino. This race timed at 14.720 @ 93.99 mph for my Studebaker and 14.911 @ 91.21 for the Big Block Ford. Picture taken by Bob Palma approximately 150 yard from the finish line. My R2 Hawk’s personal best time was 14.654@ 94.53 MPH was against a 1965 GTO who ran 14,442 @ 97.03 MPH. Had my reacation time of .375 been better I may have beaten the GTO who reaction time was -.090. Hey he jumped me at the line!
Here are the results of all 17 races and the PSMCDR report from Turning Wheels Magazine over the two day event in September 2013
My 14th Run at the 2013 Pure Stocks tinkering with timing all day with the engine warm and a pack of ice over the Supercharger to tighten tolerances and increse HP, I was up against this 1965 Pontiac Lemans GTO 389/290/4 speed. My reaction time was not the best at .375 and my competitor was -.90. He jumped the line! First 60 ft 2.248 vs. 2.128 He had me at 330ft at 6.201 vs. 5.941. At 1/8 mile 9.453 vs.9.278 This is where my Supercharger kicks in with a speed of 75.55 vs 75.06 At 1000 ft 12.270 vs 12.110 and I run out of gear. My 4.56:1 ratio is just too much to get me past the finish line with a 14.654 vs 14.452. This is the run that put my Hawk into the record books for the Fastest 1964 Studebaker Hawk in North America. The silver lining? I actually beat this fantastic mucsle car since he left early!
Lining up against a 1965 Pontiac Lemans GTO at Pure Stocks Muscle Car Drag Race 2013.
My thirteenth run Saturday morning at the 2013 Pure Stocks. Another bad reaction time for me, .430 I can’t imagine what I was waiting for? vs .185 No worries my engine is warm and my Supercharger is cold. This was the first run of Saturday morning and I still haven’t got all the cobwebs out from my morning coffee. The Air is cold too, all positives for my Hawk. I had this 351 big block, 290HP Automatic in the first 60 feet even with my reaction time.2.234 vs 2.283. At 330 ft 6.196 vs 6.263 1/8 mile 9.456 vs 9.587 running 75.62 mph vs74.26 mph. 1000ft 12.282 vs 12.459 1/4 mile Finish Line: 14.668 vs 14.910 A win for Studebaker!
- My 1964 Studebaker Hawk at the 2011 Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race (PSMCDR) in Stanton Michigan. There is no drag strip racing anywhere else like this event with Muscle cars dating from 1955 -1972. NO MODIFICATIONS Allowed.
Sheldon Reir’s 1939 CE Coupe pickup. Sheldon is a member of the Studebaker’s Driver’s Club, Hamilton Chapter
Caroline’s 1963 Lark Daytona on our North Carolina Lighthouse tour. We got evacuated from Cape Hatteras due to Hurricane Earl in August of 2010
Hamilton Studebaker Plant a week or so before it was torn down in the fall of 2012
Ted Harbit’s Red Tomato. Ted runs his Lark at the PSMCDR every year. In 2013 his car broke out and set his best time ever in this car at 12.740! Driven by John Kern. This little Lark can fly!
You don’t see this every day,…four GT Hawk’s in a restaurant parking lot in South Bend Indiana 2011. Too Cool. My Hawk is in the forefront.
My Friend, Joe Flannery’s 1963 Super Lark. Joe is from New Jersey and always has a helping hand at the PSMCDR. I would love to see this Little Lark run at the Pure Stocks.
My 64 GT Hawk. I parked it on the lawn and garden for a artistic shot.
My 1964 GT Hawk
Nelson Bove’s 1964 R3 Commander. This Car was featured in Hot Rod Magazine in January of 1964
I’ve known Nelson Bove for about 7 years, this last spring at the South Bend spring swap meet, I let Caroline sleep in and Nelson gave me a ride in this 150 MPH Lark R3 over to the swap meet fairgrounds. He cut it open for a short distance on a empty roadway, what an experience.
Here’s a real neat article on Studebaker Performance Engine’s from Bangshift.