An estimated 65 vintage Studebakers, ranging in age from 1931-1964, were on display Saturday during the North Texas Studebaker Drivers Club at Avenue Church parking lot and on the courthouse square later in the afternoon.

The semi-annual event drew participants from throughout north Texas and from as far away as Jasper in east Texas.

Onnie Weaver, a lifelong automobile enthusiast and former dealer, drove his 1964 Studebaker Avanti to the Gingerbread City to participate in the event.

“I’ve been involved in automobiles all my life,” he said, noting that he had worked as an American Motors Company-Jeep dealer since 1974. “I went to a Studebaker show a few years ago and got interested in them and ended up buying one.”

Vic Pochobradsky, who spearheaded the Waxahachie event, said Weaver spent most of his time at the meet attending to mechanical problems on fellow car owners.

“Every time you see him, he’s bent over somebody’s hood trying to repair something,” Pochobradsky said. “He was working on someone’s turn signal switch awhile ago.”

Weaver discussed his Studebaker investment, saying he owned a 1962 Studebaker Hawk as well as his Avanti.

“It’s all original, except for a new transmission, and it has factory air conditioning, which was rare in 1964,” he said. “It still works real well.”

Also on hand for the meet were Mark McDonnell, chairman of the National Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Ind., and Becky Bonham, executive director of the museum.

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