Studebaker Lark

Ken Sumwalt's beautiful Lark convertible, almost finished, is even now a beauty to behold.  Ken is doing a great job.  Of course, he always does!


Our first club meeting of the new year came off pleasantly Saturday February 27 with a Pizza Party hosted by Elmer Davis in his Hobby Shop Body Shop.  A great time was enjoyed by all.   Check the March-April "Stude Flyer", club newsletter, for details.    


We invite you to join us at any of our local events or contact us for more details.

Regular Events (COVID19)

Central Oklahoma Monthly Meeting



Coffee and Cars

April 17, 2021   Cruise in for Coffee,. MWC

Tri-City Cruisers Cruise

April 24, 2021 - April 24, 2021

Tulsa Cruise

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Central Oklahoma Chapter

of the Studebaker Drivers Club

2021 Tourmaster Planning Activities







March 5 & 6,  2021             Almost Ready to Cruise Car Sale & Swap Meet

Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, 1700 W Independence St. Shawnee, OK 74804

 Aisles of over 150 vendors from Oklahoma and surrounding states selling car parts and other auto related accessories.


March 5,6,7, 2021   OKC Dealers Car Show & The OKC Auto Show

State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd.  OKC, OK


March 18, 19,  2021 Norman Swap Meet   Cleveland Co Fairgrounds

Come to the Norman Swap Meet to buy and sell parts for cars, trucks, street rods and more. Auto memorabilia, import parts and kit cars will be available at this year's show. 

Norman, OK 73071


March 22, 2021 - Mar 27, 2021    Duncan Automotive Swap Meet

Stephens County Fairgrounds & Expo Center

2002 S 13th St           Duncan, OK 73533              580-255-3231          


April 17, 2021   Cruise in for Coffee,

Sat, 8 – 11 AM -Santa Fe Cattle Co., 7101 SE 29th St. Midwest City, OK

Third Saturday from April to October Midwest City hosts a Cruise in for Coffee


April 17, 2021          10th Annual Waynoka Car Show & Lawn Mower Race - Waynoka

9 am to 3 pm.  Open classic car show with games, poker run, awards, rock n' roll music and concessions. Pancake breakfast begins at 7:30a.m. in the Chamber building.


April 24, 2021 - April 24, 2021  Annual Tri-City Cruisers Car Show Newcastle

Annual Tri-City Cruisers Open Car Show, April 24th, 2021. In Newcastle, OK behind Braums

414 NW 32nd Street (Hwy 37 & Tri-City Drive).

Registration ($30) -  8am to 11am - Trophies presented at 2:30pm
Paula Gayanich 405-613-7463         


April 30 - May 2       Annual Darryl Starbird National Rod and Custom Car Show

River Spirit Expo at Expo Square, Tulsa, OK

Friday: 12pm - 11pm, Saturday: 10am - 11pm, Sunday: 10am - 6pm

Adults:16 & above-$25, Juniors:13-15 - $15,  Kids:12 & under - FREE

Email:  Website:

Phone: 918-406-8966


May 1, 2021  Noble Rose Rock Car Show 8am-3pm            4th & Cherry Street, Noble OK

Registration: 8am-12pm; Entry Fee: $20 There are 30 Classes 1st & 2nd trophies+ Best of Show

Email for Car Show: ;


Phone:  Billy 405 640 7889 Ray 405 343 5934 Floyd 405 596 0692


May 5, 6, 7, 8, 2021 Chickasha Spring Swap Meet

Spring Swap Meet : Largest and Longest Running Auto Swap Meet in Oklahoma - Find anything and everything AUTO related!  RAIN or SHINE - if it's RAINING we will be there and if the SUN IS SHINING we will be there!!!! Along with hundreds of vendors.

Chickasha Antique Auto Club       Telephone 405-224-OKLA Chickasha    



Tour Master Studie Pete Rodrigues has refrained from chiseling in sone any definite plans, but would offer the following suggestions to consider:

Landscape with Animals

Central Oklahoma Chapter

Members and Their Cars

President  of the Central Oklahoma  Chapter of the SDC, Melvin McGee proudly displays the First In Class trophy won by his beautiful 1958 Hawk at the Perkins, OK show in 2018.  On the right is another example of Mel's handiwork, a 1953 four-door  sedan.  This Studebaker has also been a winner in numerous showings.

Clifton Hill, Vice President of the Central Oklahoma Chapter, also enjoys membership in a number of other car clubs and is shown her with his '31 Ford at Cimmaron Cruisers Perkins show.   On the right, cruising in his 1954 Studebaker-powered Glasspar Ascot.

Tom Douglass shows another First Place trophy won by his 1960 Hawk.

Tom has a few other "nice  cars" in his CARSEUM

Leland Laws' '79 Avanti at a cruise-in.

Leland with the Packard he loved so well

       Sutherland has only the one 1954 Starliner Commander, but he's obnoxiously twice as proud of her.

Charles and Sue Hall's 1956 Power Hawk    Finiished in little more than one year of hard work.

Studie Pete enjoys Tour Rte 66West

Peter Rodrigues's '53 Starlight Coupe

Kent Reitenour on Route 66 in the '66 Lark

Dwight Deal, Glenn Masopust and Studie Pete on a cold day in February prepare to enjoy a demonstration on how to destroy a Borg-WarnerT86.


Delane Keef's Lark


Members News

   Read closely the items on this page as they describe such a tragic and horrifically sad  ocurrence in the lives of our fellow club member, the Reverend Richard Nelson and his family.

September 23, 2019 at 9:45 PM CDT

- Updated September 23 at 10:56 PM

COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla. (TNN) - Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an Elgin man has died from injuries he received in a rollover crash earlier this month.

36-year-old Bradley Upshaw was a passenger in a car that was hit head-on by another car on US Highway 62 at Northeast Glover Road.

The driver of the car Upshaw was in, Teresa Nelson of Elgin, died at the scene.

OHP says the driver of the other car suffered serious injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Copyright 2019 Texoma News Network. All rights reserved.

                            Marie "Grammie" Nelson

            September 28, 1935 - September 10, 2019


Funeral service for Marie “Grammie” Nelson will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in Lawton First Assembly.

Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

Marie “Grannie” Nelson died Tuesday, September 10, 2019 west of Elgin, Oklahoma at the age of 83.  She was born September 28, 1935 in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, Bahamas.  She grew up and attended school in Nassau, Bahamas.  Marie met Richard H. Nelson on a trip to Miami and following a whirlwind romance they were married May 4, 1957 at Evangel Temple in Miami, Florida.

Marie worked as an officer manager for several medical offices prior to Richard being called to ministry.  She then assisted her husband in ministry while raising three children.  She was an excellent cook and loved people.  The time she spent with her grandchildren each summer was among her greatest pleasures.

She is survived by her husband, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Gigi and Kevin Upshaw, Elgin, Oklahoma; son and daughter-in-law, Vaughn and René Nelson, Coconut Creek, Florida; daughter-in-law, Debbie Nelson, Daytona Beach, Florida; seven grandchildren, Bradley Upshaw, Jared Upshaw, Tiffany Ganus and husband Tony, Brian Nelson and wife Rachel, Sean Nelson and wife Kaf, Kyle

                                     Rev. Richard H. Nelson

                            December 27, 1935 - January 09, 2021


Funeral service for Rev. Richard H. Nelson will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 29, 2021 at Bethel Assembly of God with Rev. Randy Shorter, Pastor officiating.

Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

Rev. Richard H. Nelson died Saturday, January 9, 2021 in Lawton, Oklahoma at the age of 85.  He was born December 27, 1935 in Miami, Florida to Harvey D. Douglas and Thelma M. Nelson.  He married Teresa Marie Mingo on May 4, 1957 at Evangel Temple in Miami, Florida.  She preceded him in death on September 10, 2019.

Richard worked as a cabinet and boat builder before surrendering to ministry at the age of 33.  He attended Southwestern Assembly of God College in Waxahachie, Texas and was ordained to preach.  He served as a pastor to churches in Winters, Texas, Tipton, Oklahoma, Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Prue, Oklahoma. Weleetka, Oklahoma and retired from pastoring at Rifle, Colorado.  Following his retirement, he continued to minister as an interim pastor to numerous churches and conducted many revival services.

He attended Bethel Assembly of God and was a member of the Heartland Conference with the International Pentecostal Church.

Richard is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Gigi and Kevin Upshaw; his son and daughter-in-law, Vaughn and René Nelson; his daughter-in-law, Debbie Nelson; six grandchildren and their spouses, Jared Upshaw, Tiffany and Tony Ganus, Brian and Rachel Nelson, Sean and Kaf Nelson, Kyle Nelson and Eric Nelson; six great grandchildren, Jaiyden, Anastasia, London, Elora, Blaine, Elliana; three siblings, Carol Nelson, Sharon Dorris and Paul Nelson; and a great aunt, Wilma Jane Clark.

His wife, a son, Dwayne Nelson, and a grandson, Bradley Upshaw, preceded him in death.

Go to article from Sep-Oct 2019 Stude Flyer


Welcome to the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club.


Melvin & Jeri-Alynn McGee

Tom Douglas

Clifton Hill

Ron & Jan Hall

Mel Mc Gee

If you are lucky enough to have found this website, then you will know that owning and driving Studebaker cars and trucks of all vintages is amongst the top ten joys of life, help us make it even better by contributing, giving feedback and joining our Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club - the SDC.

Leland Laws'1990 4-Door Avanti



Our club officers for 2021:

President  - Melvin McGee


Vice-President  - Clifton Hill


Treasurer  -  Elmer Davis

Secretary  - Jeri-Alynn McGee

Tourmaster  -  Peter Rodrigues


Newsletter Editor - Don Sutherland

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To:  Vaughn Nelson.  

from       Peter Rodrigues    -   “StudiePete”       


Don Sutherland, our club newsletter editor, found this little story about your Mom & Dad. In June of 2019, they attended our Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Studebaker drivers Club picnic in Oklahoma City.  Don, who had visited with your Dad, reminded me that I had met your folks at that picnic, in fact I took this photo of them…

“Peter, I found this shot of Theresa and Richard in the Jul-Aug 2019 issue of "The Stude Flyer"   ….


Richard and Marie Nelson Plan A Trip

Only recently returned from a Florida trip, Richard and Marie so enjoyed the 3500 miles they drove they are contemplating a trip back to the Bahamas, maybe not driving this time. On the Florida trip they made six stops, visiting grandkids, a brother and a sister and a son. Their Grand daughter-in-law has expressed a desire to “meet the family” , so they are thinking perhaps Christmas would be a good time to make such a visit. Maybe Richard could finish the Hawk and drive it….


Well, at any rate,  Bon voyage!”.

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