The 53rd annual Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet is returning to where everything began on May 3 – 6, 2017. Hosted by The Michiana Chapter SDC and The Studebaker National Museum, enthusiasts of cars (specifically, Studebakers) will have the opportunity to see hundreds of vintage automobiles and check out some great vendors.
South Bend is home to all things Studebaker. From 1852 – 1963, the Studebaker Corporation manufactured American wagons and automobiles in South Bend. Although the last Studebaker rolled off the South Bend production line in 1963, the city still identifies strongly with Studebaker thanks to the Studebaker National Museum, the proving ground, Studebaker residences and the last remaining Studebaker assembly building just beyond the first base foul line of Four Winds Field in downtown South Bend. You can even enjoy a meal at Tippecanoe Place Restaurant, a fine dining experience in the mansion that was once home to the Studebaker family in the late 1800’s.
The Studebaker Drivers Club Meet is an annual event where Studebaker owners from across North America bring their Studebakers for a week full of reminiscing, fun, and showing off their vehicles at the car show. Even if you aren’t a member of the Studebakers Drivers Club, there are plenty of fun things related to the meet that are open to the public to enjoy.
The St. Joseph County Fairgrounds is the place to be during the Studebaker Drivers Club Meet. If you are a serious collector of Studebaker automobiles, you can be a part of the largest Studebaker Swap Meet to buy and sell car parts, collectibles and related materials. The swap meet will take place throughout the week from Wednesday, May 3 to Saturday, May 6.
Also throughout the week, the public can enjoy vendors that will be set up at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds. For only $5 general admission, take advantage of the great deals they will be offering.
On Friday, May 5, celebrate First Friday in downtown South Bend with a parade unlike any other. Classic Studebakers, such as the Champion and the Lark, will line up and down Michigan Street as you imagine what downtown South Bend would be like if you saw these cars traveling on the roads. Studebaker established a reputation for quality, reliability and, most importantly, innovative design. This impressive design of Studebakers will be on display throughout the parade.
On Saturday, from 8:00am – 2:00pm, experience the first annual Studebaker Open Car Show at the St. Joseph Fairgrounds featuring 600 vehicles that include Studebakers as well as other makes and models. This event has never been open to the public before and also has never been during the weekend so expect the biggest and best car show yet. There will be live music from The Studebaker Band, food, and fun for all. General admission is only $5 per person without SDC registration.
Can’t make it to the meet? Be sure to visit the Studebaker National Museum they next time you are in The Bend to learn more about the history of the company, check out some incredible vehicles and visit the country’s largest collection of US Presidential Carriages.