ON THE OPEN ROAD
Ralph and Sharleen's Road Trip.
Short on time, Big on Adventure
By Sharleen Barbagallo
For the trip back home, I was armed with a book I had
recently stumbled upon called Richard E. Osborne's Tour Book for Antique
Car Buffs. It proved to be a great resource for two car nuts looking to
discover car related places of interest on their journey back East. The
book has information on Auto, Truck and Motorcycle Museums across the U.S.
and Canada, antique car dealers, salvage yards- Any place that would be
of interest to a car nut. As we drove through each state, we scanned the
book to see if we were close to any of the places mentioned in the book.
Jackpot in Indiana! We arrived in South Bend, Indiana late Saturday night
and found a room at a Days Inn, at what I believe to be the dirtiest hotel
in the whole United States (but, that's a whole other story!).
Pinching my nose closed outside the dirtiest hotel in the U.S.A.
The next morning, we drove to the Studebaker Museum in
South Bend and it made me forget all about that nasty hotel, almost. The
Studebaker Museum was relocated to a new facility back in 2006. It is a
beautiful space and an outstanding museum.
What a glorious day for going topless!!
Outside the Studebaker Museum
The Studebaker family's evolution, from Blacksmiths in
the 1700's, to the largest producer of horse-drawn vehicles in the 1800's,
eventually shifting to manufacturing automobiles in the early 1900's, is
a wonderful history to discover. The Museum tells the story of the Studebaker
family and the history of America in a way that is engaging and fascinating.
They have an impressive collection of horse-drawn and motor-vehicles. We
could have spent the whole day exploring this one museum, but, alas, we
wanted to take in two more museums before the day ended. When we walked
out of the Studebaker Museum, it was such a warm, sunny day, we decided
to drop top right there in the parking lot before we continued on our journey.
But, how could we drive on the highway when we could travel with the top
down on some back route across Indiana?
The Studebaker history- From Blacksmiths
The Quality of the cars was very good
Ralph Posing with the beautiful Neon
Impresive Musclecar Displays are a norm at the top Museums