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June 19, 2013

Hupmobile club to visit locally


WASHINGTON — In one last attempt to save the company, the production dies of Gordon Buehrig were purchased from the defunct Cord Automobile Company in 1938.

Cord had come up with the design for a car called the Skylark. Several orders were taken for the cars but production delays caused many of the orders to be canceled. Final production of the Hupmobile Skylark began in 1939.

Only 319 Skylarks were produced before the company suspended production.

“There will be about 20 cars and 80 people in town for the tour,” said Bob Smith, owner of a 1926 Hupmobile and one of the hosts  of the gathering along with his wife, Barb.

“Hupp club members attending this years’ meeting are from the west coast to the east coast and even some from Canada,” added Barb Smith. “The tour will be based from the Baymont Inn,” the Smith’s said.

Bob, who is the vice president of the Hupmobile Club, said those coming into town for the gathering will be treated to showings of two private classic car collections as well as trips to the Indiana Military Museum and George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes, a tour of Amish country, and a visit to French Lick.

  For the Smiths, becoming Hupmobile enthusiasts was not something they had planned. In 1998, a neighbor of the Smiths asked if Bob could get an old car running. The Smiths said the neighbor had done some work for a man and as part of his payment, he was now the owner of a 1926 Hupmobile.

It wasn’t long before the car was in working order.

“The funny thing was, the owner never wanted to drive it. So we’d all go out for Sunday drives and Bob always drove,” said Barb.

Shortly after the Hupp was in working order, the Smiths started taking it to car shows.

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