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Spotlight on Studebakers

July 20, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Bob DeVore has such affection for the first car he ever owned that when he bought another 1949 Champion Studebaker in 1983 he painted it Concord blue to look like his first one.

That particular Studebaker model was the butt of jokes among comedians because it looked like it was going backward, says DeVore, 70, of Bedington, W.Va. Even Bob Hope cracked wise about the car.

But Saturday, Studebakers will be in the spotlight again - this time for admiration. People can check out DeVore's restored model Saturday at a car show expected to feature at least 150 Studebakers. The show is part of the Atlantic Zone Meet of the Studebaker Drivers Club and is sponsored by the Potomac chapter.

Studebakers from as far as Canada, Indiana and Tennessee will be at the show at the Comfort Inn parking lot, says Larry Merhaut, event co-chairman.


The Bluegrass Starliners will perform and there will be parts and car-related vendors.

DeVore's first 1949 Champion Studebaker won't be there. In 1956, he traded it in for a two-door 1954 Ford sedan because his Studebaker was not a fast car. But the restored one will be on display.

If you go ...

WHAT: Studebakers Drivers Club car show

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 22

WHERE: Comfort Inn, 1872 Edwin Miller Blvd., Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST: Free

DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 81 in West Virginia, take the Queen Street exit (Exit 16E). Go 1/4 mile and the Comfort Inn will be on the right.

MORE: For more information, call Larry Merhaut at 304-267-4403.

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