Every two years, the North Texas Chapter hosts cars and drivers of the historic Studebaker family of automobiles.  

Cars and drivers will come from Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

This year the meet will be held in Waxahachie at The Sleep Inn, 1701 U.S. Highway 77 (North).

The theme of this year’s festivities is the 50th anniversary of the birth of the fiberglass-bodied Avanti, the fastest production car built in the United States, designed for Studebaker by Raymond Loewy.

The meet runs Oct. 4-5, with judging and an awards banquet on Saturday, Oct. 5.

The public is invited to view member’s cars and vehicles from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Avanti was introduced in 1963 as a “shot in the arm” for the ailing company, only three years away from final closure in the face of relentless competition from the Detroit “Big Three.” The Avanti survived for several more years, with production moving to Mexico. The Avanti is famous for its advanced styling and powerful supercharged engines.

The Studebaker name has been linked with transportation in America since 1736, when the first family members came ashore from Solingen, Germany.  They were blacksmiths and skilled metal workers, and one of them, Clement Studebaker, built his first wagon in 1750.

Studebaker wagons covered the western expansion from the factory in South Bend, Ind., and were used by the Union Army in the nation’s Civil War.  

They built their first car in 1902, an electric model, and by 1913 were third in production, behind Ford and Overland.  

The Studebaker family of cars has included such names as: EMF, Flanders, Erskine, Pierce-Arrow and Rockne.

Studebaker has also pioneered many advanced engineering and design features, being a styling leader in post WWII and an early promoter of compact cars.

The company ceased production in 1966, but the Studebaker Drivers Club continues the heritage by being one of the most active single-marque old car clubs in the world, with over 12,000 members.   

An award-winning national magazine and Museum contribute to this heritage that celebrates the diversity of America’s automotive industry.