Studebakers rev South Bend’s engines for First Fridays

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- In downtown South Bend, First Fridays returned with a parade of the very Studebaker cars that helped put the area on the map. 

Despite the rain on Friday, the weather didn’t stop the parade of Studebakers rolling down Michigan Street.

Members of the Studebaker Driver’s Club, along with others, came to appreciate the history of the once major car manufacturer.

Rusty Berg, a member of the Studebaker Driver’s Club, says he is fascinated by the history of the vehicle as well as the impact that it had on the community during its heyday. 

The models of the Studebakers date as far back as 1914. Berg’s Studebaker was made in Detroit during a time in which horse-drawn buggies were more common.

“You know, it’s just a true piece of history and it’s great to see that the the town is helping to preserve some of that history and and keep the memory alive”, said Berg.

While the Studebaker parade only happens around once every five years, the group gets to show off their wheels far more often.

The Studebaker Driver's Club drives all over the country to share their love of the classic car, and build connections through Studebaker’s history.

Paul Dutton, of the Studebaker Chapter of Ocean Bay Rhode Island, says he goes all over the country with his Studebaker, traveling from as far as Tacoma Washington to Warwick Rhode Island.  

Those who missed the parade on Friday can view the classic cars on the next First Fridays on June 4, which has the theme "kids' night out".

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