48th annual Studebaker Drivers Club converge on South Bend

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By: Newscenter 16 Email

If you were in South Bend on Thursday, you may have thought you were in a time machine.

A procession of more than 500 Studebakers cruised down the city's streets from the fairgrounds to downtown.

The parade was part of the 48th annual Studebaker Drivers Club international meet.

Enthusiasts of the vehicle, once built in the Bend, have converged on the city from all over the world for the week-long convention.

Local Studebaker owners say nothing brings South Bend's manufacturing history to life like watching the classic cars fill the downtown streets.

“It’s just was really neat, everybody waving, and just knowing that all the cars in some way and fashion originated in south bend that Studebaker was the big car manufacturer and that people still understand and remember it,” said Mary Ann and Stan Harlozinski, members of the Michiana chapter.

Though the international meets take place each year, it only takes place in South Bend every five years.

It will return again in five years in 2017.

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