September 4-6th 2019 Dayton Ohio


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Authenticity Judging Application

The Avanti Owners Association International is proud to host its International meet at the Marriott at the University of Dayton in Dayton Ohio. The meet hotel underwent a $23 million remodeling in late 2017 and rests on 9.8 acres in a park like setting. 

The Marriott at the University of Dayton Hotel.

The hotel has set aside a block of rooms for the meet at a rate of $119.00 a night, including two breakfast buffet meals daily with the room. You can and should make your reservations as soon as possible by calling 1-800-MARRIOTT and ask for the AOAI Convention 2019 Room Block or using a direct link to the hotel reservation online page (click this link or type into your browser) or from the AOAI website.

 Dayton is known as “the birthplace of aviation”

The theme for this years International Meet is Studebaker’s Operation Air Lift performed in late April and May 1962. Studebaker ferried two Avantis crisscrossing the U.S. in a C82-A Fairchild Packet Plane to introduce its new car to its dealers at airport showings. Recent discoveries including the Pilots Log for the actual aircraft that carried the vehicles have come to light. 

Please note detailed descriptions of the scheduled tour venues appears below with the appropriate time and dates on the Meet Schedule. We are taking steps to assure you flexibility of attending each venue at a time other than scheduled if you desire not to attend when scheduled.

Tuesday September 3rd

Festivities commence on Tuesday, for early arrivals. (The meet officially starts on Wednesday September 4th.)  A driving tour to the Haldeman Barn Museum, a private museum, which features the works of Ford Designer Gale Haldeman’s 40 plus year career with Ford  including his 1964 Mustang work. The displays consists of drawings, pictures, memorabilia and actual cars. The museum is about a 1/2 hour drive from the meet hotel. A group luncheon may also be scheduled after the tour and before returning to the Meet Hotel.

Wednesday September 4th – Official Start 

Tours to the Dayton Aviation National Historic Park and Americas Packard Museum are scheduled along with the annual Board of Directors and Membership Meeting. Later that evening a discussion of Studebaker’s Operation Airlift with recently discovered documents including the flight log of the plane ferrying the Avantis to dealer showings will be discussed as well as factory photos of the event.

Thursday September 5th 

The National Air Force Museum.

The first scheduled tour on the agenda starts at the nearby National Air Force Museum. It is hoped we will be able to see up-close  and personal—including a walk through of a C82-A Fairchild Packet plane—and John F. Kennedy’s Raymond Loewy-designed Air Force One.

An early afternoon tour of nearby Carillon Park—the Greenfield Village of Ohio—is also scheduled. Later that afternoon Al Basile and Lou Cote will provide an update on the current authenticity manual, the new addendum and a question and answer period. We will then break and allow our gurus to perform their authenticity judging on pre-qualified and registered Studebaker Avantis. If you are considering having your Studebaker Avanti judged for authenticity please review the guide lines and requirements for this specialized judging.

Friday – September 6, 2019

Concours judging and the AOAI banquet at the Meet Hotel.

Saturday – September 7, 2019

Public and Media Display at the Meet Hotel- Early Morning to Noon

Dayton is a city in Ohio on the Great Miami River. Orville and Wilbur Wright conducted experiments on heavier-than-air flight in Dayton before their first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903. As a result, Dayton has earned the description “Home of Aviation.”

The City of Dayton offers a number of attractions which highlight the development of flight and innovation. 

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation  museum and Ohio’s most visited FREE tourist attraction with over 1 million annual visitors.  This world-renowned museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. 

The museum has a C82A packet plane, the type used by Studebaker in Operation Airlift and JFK’s Loewy designed Air Force One on display.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

Your visit to Dayton is not complete without a visit to the Wright Brothers’ original bicycle shop and the impressive complex at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.  The park includes the John W. Berry Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center, Huffman Prairie Flying Field and Interpretive Center, Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site, the Wright Cycle Company, and the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. 

One of the must-sees in the complex is the 1905 Wright Flyer III, the first airplane listed as a National Historic Landmark. Other key stops in the park are the Wright Cycle Company, where you can see the Wright Brother’s bicycle shop and learn about the early days of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s endeavors into transportation and even printing. Another top stop is at the Paul Laurence Dunbar House, where you will learn about the literary contributions of one of the most prominent African American writers.

Carillon Historical Park

Carillon Historical Park.

The Carillon Historical Park is a fun way to learn about the many innovations that came out of Dayton. The 65-acre park museum has more than 30 buildings and exhibits to explore. Learn about life in the 1700s in the Early Settlement Area where you can take part in candle-dipping, quilting, and musket firing, with period demonstrations, as you stroll through a community of historical buildings. You can see the only operational 1930s letterpresses in the U.S. at The Print Shop and learn about how the disastrous flood of 1913 shaped Dayton  at The Great 1913 Flood exhibit. Leave time during your visit to hop on board one of the oldest trains in the world at the James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center and to ride the Carousel of Dayton Innovation, a carousel built in Ohio featuring 31 figures and a  hand-painted mural of the Wright brothers’ experiments in flight.

America’s Packard Museum

Packard Museum.

Transportation enthusiasts should plan a visit to the America’s Packard Museum. The restored early 1920s Packard Dealership is now a museum featuring more than 50 automobiles in various stages of restoration. The museum features many artifacts from 1899-1956. The Art-Deco style restored showroom gives you a glimpse into what the dealership looked like in 1917, originally named The Citizens Motorcar Company. It is one of the top automobile museums in the U.S. and a gem for Dayton.

The Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet in Mansfield Ohio starts 3 days after our meet ends. Mansfield Ohio is approximately a two hour drive from Dayton.  Cincinnati Ohio is also a relatively close drive from Dayton. Why not plan to enjoy the best of the area and attend both International Meets. (See page 52).

We hope you will attend and be amazed at the amount of historical information and sites the area has to offer and things to do.. We have planned a program to help you do as much or as little at the meet as you desire.

Please register for the meet and the hotel as soon as possible. We are anticipating record participation as an AOAI International has not been held in this area before.

Hull-O Ventures LLC is handling the registrations, meet activities, and coordination of all events.

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Avanti Takes Flight at Dayton !!!