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  1. In Avanti Magazine Issue 195, page 8, John Hull included a letter from L.E.Minkel about the letter "A" used in the Avanti serial number. Bob Langer
  2. Sad news from Bob Andrews. Today, 10:44 AM A little late getting here with the update. Sadly, I have to report that Gary passed away last Sunday, June 19, 2022, at age 82. Gary had been in a battle with what started as bladder cancer several months ago. As sometimes happens, the cancer was stopped. In March, he went into renal failure. When they did surgery, they found that the cancer was back and had spread to his kidneys, and other areas. They were able to restore function to one kidney. At that point he was not very mobile. For the last two months or so, he has been bedridden but in a very nice rehab facility in Fishkill New York. Gary and I were working on a joint business venture at the time. We were in fairly frequent contact. Then I did not hear from him for a few weeks, and my messages and calls went unanswered. On April 2 he sent me an email and told me where he was and what had happened. At the time he decided it was best not to make a big deal out of it, but he did give me permission to speak on his behalf here on the forum. Over the last couple months, we talked on the phone frequently. While his physical health deteriorated, his mind stayed sharp . I think that a lot of people do not know not only how intelligent he was, but the amount of experience he had in the automotive world, including operating two different gas stations. We all know about his love for Studebakers. We had many good talks at length about the gas station business back in the day, and how the car business used to be. The last time I spoke with him was last week. He sounded tired, but seemed to be doing all right. He had just started on a new, expensive medication regimen that insurance would not approve and he was going to pay out of his pocket. I tried to call him a few times over the weekend, finally getting an answer from someone that was not Gary. Fearing the worst, and knowing where he had made his final arrangements, I checked the funeral parlor website and sure enough, his obituary was there. I’ll post that on the appropriate page. So, I guess that’s it. Gary’s wife had passed away last year, and he had no children, just (I believe) a couple of nieces and a nephew scattered about. His legacy will be his brilliance, and his dedication to the Automotive world. Not many know that Gary had helped people within this club, sometimes monetarily, with varying levels of appreciation from those individuals. That’s too bad. I always knew Gary as a serious person, kind of a stickler for details, soft-spoken and shy, but a good friend if you took the time to get to know him. I’m glad I did. Rest in peace, my friend. You will not be forgotten. And while our business venture was not meant to be, I will take with me your approval and belief in me. I know that now you are well, and back with Cathy and your folks, and I look forward to meeting up with you again when I get there. God bless. Last edited by Bob Andrews; Today, 12:35 PM. Reason: Fixed a couple of typos. Gary would have wanted that
  3. The first RQB Avanti would be 1501, not 1500.
  4. $50.00 Leather or Suede $25.00 Vinyl or Fabric
  5. An update from Bob Andrews. Today, 06:33 PM Update 6/4/22- Just got off the phone with Gary. There’s not a whole lot of change to report. At this point he is no longer able to get out of bed. His voice is a little weak, but his mind is still clear. We did talk some about his treatments and so forth. At this point he has so many doctors and specialists looking after him it’s hard for anybody to keep track of them all. As usual we spend our time talking about old cars, and old times. That is the bright side of the situation. Nothing much more to do at this point other than wait and see what effect the various treatments and medications have.
  6. Thanks for all the nice comments. Bob, The car was repainted in 1966. It had pin head size bubbles in the paint and an area on the roof that would not hold a gloss. If I remember correctly you have owned your Avanti longer than I have. Bob Langer
  7. This month marks my 57th year of Avanti ownership. Purchased in 1965 just a month shy of my 20th birthday. Only driven 9000 miles and less than 29000 miles today. Never driven in snow. Sold my 1964 R2 Daytona convertible to buy the Avanti.
  8. Here is an article by Richard Quinn about Bob Doehler. Note that while Bob's Avanti is referred to as a 1964 the serial number R4561 indicates it was built in June 1963. However, it appears from the photo that it does have square headlight enclosures and the right side hood support. It had left over Fawn leather from the upholstery department.
  9. Let the pity party begin. Not really a bad thing for me. Blocking is the Forum version of sticking your head in the sand.
  10. The real thanks goes to Bob Andrews for posting updates on the SDC Forum.
  11. Just saving before you remove it and people can see who and what you really are.
  12. Just saving before you edit out the snide remarks.
  13. Thanks again to Bob Andrews. Yesterday, 06:40 AM Just got off the phone with Gary. We chatted for a while. He seems to be holding his own. I felt like he sounded a little better than last time I talked to him. I told him that some of you were inquiring about him and he said to say thank you all but he wasn’t really up to posting right now. Besides, he didn’t feel like signing in because being in a facility he doesn’t have access to his reference materials if he needed them 🙂 A big day is this coming Monday when he has a scan coming up to get a clearer picture of his situation. I’m always trying to gauge how much or how little he might like to talk. I told him I would give him a call again next week, and invited him to call me anytime if he felt like it.
  14. None of the above. On 4/26/2022 at 2:48 PM, regnalbob said: Studebaker Proving Grounds On 4/27/2022 at 10:35 AM, mfg said: So as not to spread inaccurate information...the correct name for that place was Studebaker Proving GROUND. mfg should heed his own advice. From Studebaker: The Post War Years by Richard M. Langworth.
  15. Edited 50 minutes ago by mfg Here's my answer to you Bob.....YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF! You cant answer my question so you think it is a good idea to belittle me. Forum members don't need you to tell them what to do. My question did not involve the phone call. Your question, the reply from Desert Driver and you agreeing with Desert Driver do not answer my question. Again, are you saying this pre production Avanti was assembled at MFG in Ashtabula and transported to the Studebaker Proving Ground for track testing?
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