Back in the 1970s, speed radar involved more than small handheld
devices. A friend was a state trooper at the time, and he was assigned
to a team that set up a large, elaborate radar trap, run by a grizzled
old sargent - a real veteran.
Well, after most of a quiet afternoon, they spotted a car coming in.
At 120mph or 200kph for our metric friends, but far, far above any
posted speed limit in the entire state. Well they deployed the chase
cars and stopped the vehicle. It was a Studebaker Avanti.
When the sargent heard this, he was struggling with disbelief.
Studebaker was not known for high performance cars, after all. So, he
walked over to the Avanti, told the driver to turn around, and
instructed him to come back through the radar zone, and do it as fast
as he could.
The Avanti came back through. This time it was clocked at 130mph.
They wrote him a ticket for 130 in a 55 zone.
He beat it in court because he simply did what he was instructed to do
by a duly-sworn law officer.
(Obligatory old tool content: you know some Studebakers had wooden
To: "Ed Minch"
Sent: Saturday June 19 2021 3:14:22PM
Subject: Re: [oldtools] Anvil
Love the Avanti.That is a LITERAL drive-by gloat! What year is it?
was an old lady in Grand Island (Nebraska) that had a gold one she
her daily driver. Saw her shopping with it many times. I can hardly
of parking in a parking lot with one (or being on the street in one
today's distracted drivers)!
On Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 3:04 PM Ed Minch wrote:
> Just left the basement of a woman I met at a garage sale. She
> on my Avanti and we struck up a conversation - new reason to drive
> interesting car. She lives with her 93 old dad in the house she
grew up in
> in rural MD. Her dad had a constrcution company and the basement
> of stuff. Not much of interest - things like a whole 45 gallon
> of channelocks or screwdrivers, but I did find a stgraight pre WWII
> saw with close to a full depth plate, if not full depth, I few of
> orange Jorgenson bar clamops I use, a very nice early Stanly 98
> gauge, 3 Arkansas stones brand new in their boxes - soft, hard, and
> She has 3 items I thought might garner some interest from all y'all
> A cabinetmakers bench - 24” X 84” (approx) with a tool trough
> back of the top. It has a face vice and and end vice each with a
> wood screw. It was covered in more crap than I wanted to move, but
> looked about average in wear, working vices, and very sturdy base.
> said he wants $500 for it.
> A vice out of a local blacksmith shop her dad got in the 60’s. It
> maker’s mark up high on one side - stamped large letters in a
> ?????? with BROOKLYNNY in a smiling curve just below. Faintly seems
> have more letter in a frowing curve above. My guess is 200 lbs. The
> on top has one slightly rounded edge. She did not have a price in
> A machinists tool chest - tall, metal, lots of drawers, a ton
> of contents. Starrett, B+S, Mitotoyo (SP?), lots of gauges and
> micrometers. I didn't price anything out of it
> She is located on Maryand’s Eastern Shore, an hour from the
> Bridge or 45 minutes from Wilmington DE
> Let me know if you have any interest
> Ed Minch
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