Even though the motor and the glass were bad, the body was in good shape.
"It is a two-door hard top, which was really rare in those days," said Royal Chapter of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America member Glen Davis. "This was the 100th anniversary of the Studebaker. They started making wagons in 1852."
His vehicle will be one of hundreds to be on display during the 31st Annual Antique and Special Interest Car Show, sponsored by the Royal Gorge Chapter of
VMCCA, from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Abbey.
So Davis began a three to four year journey restoring the car to its original shape, having the motor rebuilt, installing the upholstery then repainting to
its original color. "I decorated it to
replicate the Pikes Peak Hill Climb to share it with people," Davis said.
"It's an unusual car and that was a real treat."
Up to 425 antique and special interest cars and trucks are expected to be displayed on the grassy show field at the Abbey at 2951 E. U.S. 50.
The event kicks off from 6:30-10 a.m. for registration, followed by the show with the gates opening at 7 a.m. for general admission. During the day, exhibitors will vote in 15 categories with first and second
place trophies awarded in each category, a press release said. Also, the public will vote on their favorite show cars for the People's Choice Award.
In conjunction, a Flea Market and Swap Meet will be available for attendees to browse through antique and special interest cars being offered for sale. A
craft show will feature a plethora of items on sale.
As part of the day, Applewood will play the locals' favorite music from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Those who have the munchies will have a variety of breakfast and
lunch items to choose from along with soft drinks, snacks and desserts.
In past years, the proceeds have been donated to more than 20 local organizations, including Royal Gorge and Cañon City Noon Lions, Pueblo Community
College, Beta Zeta Sorority, Hospice and American Cancer Society. Also, the club has donated to Fremont County Search and Rescue, Loaves & Fishes, Meals on
Wheels, Orchard of Hope, Fremont County Airport and two yearly college scholarships at $1,000 each.
Admission is $5 per person and free for children 12 and under. The entry fee for car owners is $30 Saturday.