Someone mentioned that he thought some Avanti owners looked down their noses at other Studebakers.
I don't know if they (the "snobs" the SDC member seems to have met) look down on Studes, but rather are just Avanti-centric. From observation and reading the Avanti magazine, my guess is that manyof those owners are just into Avantis...their interest in old cars begins and ends with that car.
Some are just into the IIs, post-84s or post-2000 models usually depending on what they own. Some aren't the sterotypical "old car guys/girls" but like the Avanti because of its style and Loewy connection.
For people with narrow interests, it's not hard to imagine that they're not into bulletnoses and Larks....despite the Avanti's obvious relation to the latter.
I think the majority of those people just belong to the AOAI and not the SDC. Yes, SDC welcomes their cars at its meets but it wouldn't hurt to have SDC members reach out to those folks who aren't the sterotypical old car owners/restorers/self mechanics.
Remember, "snobbery" can go both ways, just because a person shows up who doesn't know a carb from a hog trough, doesn't make him/her any less of a Stude Avanti/Avanti fan.
What do you think? Are some of us "snobs"?
I haven't met any, but I do really believe what I said about some of us being Avanti-centric.
If you attend a SDC event, reach out to the other Studebaker owners....
Edited by J Boyle, 14 April 2012 - 11:18 AM.