Stutz Meet 2005
at Carlisle, PA
June 24th to 26th
The 2005 Meet started with an
interesting experience for me.
I learned how to restore a Stutz Blackhawk within one week. ;o)
Included were some lessions about repainting, fixing the sidepipes, changing the oil,
and finally how to replace a waterpump.
After that, the real fun started.
Last year, I paid a fortune to get a very boring hired-car, a Chevrolet Classic. URGS!
This year, Jim Milliken offered me a very special one, for free, his 1981 Blackhawk!
So we arrived after a trip of about 1200 miles at Carlisle.
This is not the Evel Knievel car, but it was a stunt that I don't want to see again!
We had 12 Stutzes at the Meet,
plus three Non-Stutzes.
We had expected some more cars,
but due to health, mechanical problems, or some other problems some cars didn't show up.
Here are the cars that were at Carlisle:
The most important Stutz Blackhawk, coming from Canada, the very first prototype.
Specially repainted for the Stutz Meet, Richard Rhoades early 1971 Blackhawk.
Jim Milliken's 1972 Blackhawk, with new, working sidepipes.
Phill Iturbide showed up, again, with his 1974 Blackhawk.
Corey Raub showed his black 1974 Blackhawk.
Another Stutz that was part of
the first Stutz Meet in 2004,
John Palermo's 1974 Blackhawk that is the real Evel Knievel car.
Tony Grova showed his 1974 Blackhawk, which I saw at Graceland, in August 2004.
Clayton Crowe came from Las Vegas,
with his 1975 Blackhawk.
(Sorry, file photo taken at 2004 Stutz Meet)
That was my car, owned by Jim
Milliken, a 1981 Blackhawk,
about 2500 miles without any problem.
Bob Risley came about 2300 miles in his 1982 Blackhawk.
Barney Loucks had to do a Knievel-like stunt to get his 1984 Victoria to Carlisle.
David Douthitt came to Carlisle
in his 1986 Victoria,
another car that was part of the first Stutz Meet at Graceland, last year.
We knew Patrick Martin's Bayliff-Packard
hearse from Graceland,
this time there were some more hearses at the Meet, and no problems with the organisers... ;o)
Not a revival car, but also a
car that gets a lot of attention.
1 out of 7 Dunham Corvorado, built by Les Dunham, owned by Larry Hogan.
Another car built by Les Dunham, his latest Caballista, number 51.
Not part of the Meet, but some interesting visitors were two 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix.
On Friday, we had a good dinner at a restaurant, only some Porsche owners weren't so happy, because our Stutzes, and the Corvorado got much more attention than their Porsches.
On Saturday, we had a wonderful
party at the home of Wendy and Ron Swartley.
It was great, and we all enjoyed it!
On Sunday, the organisers of
the GM-Meet anounced the winners of each category.
The winners in our group were:
1st: Barney Loucks and his 1984 Victoria.
2nd: John Palermo and his 1974 Blackhawk, preowned by Evel Knievel
3rd: Phill Iturbide and his 1974 Blackhawk.
After the Meet, I drove back to Florida, and I was able to meet Mr. Virgil Exner, jr. again.
Thanks to all Stutzians who made this Meet possible!
It was great, and it was great to be part of this group.
Special thanks to Wendy and Ron
for organising the Meet,
so I was able to concentrate on contacting the owners.
I also want to thank the following persons, my personal "sponsors":
winner of the "Golden Perrier"-award
here to see Ron Swartley's photos of the 2005 Stutz Meet
click here to see Branko Kavcic's photos of the 2005 Stutz Meet
click here to see some GM-cars at the Carlisle Meet
To see the official homepage
for the car-meets at Carlisle:
Stutz Meet 2004