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Vintage Studebakers Enhance Lunchtime Menu at ATC Cookout

Hoods up for an impromptu inspection
Hoods up for an impromptu inspection
Colin W. Williamson (left), dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean, keep the chow line moving.
Colin W. Williamson (left), dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean, keep the chow line moving.
Studebaker owners enjoy some catch-up time on a gorgeous late-summer afternoon.
Studebaker owners enjoy some catch-up time on a gorgeous late-summer afternoon.
Penn College retiree Larry L. Michael (left), a Keystone Region Chapter member for more than 45 years, talks with automotive instructor Christopher A. Trapani and a student.
Penn College retiree Larry L. Michael (left), a Keystone Region Chapter member for more than 45 years, talks with automotive instructor Christopher A. Trapani and a student.
A parade of well-maintained Studebakers traverses Penn College's main campus, turning into the ATC parking lot for a lunch date with enthusiasts.
A parade of well-maintained Studebakers traverses Penn College’s main campus, turning into the ATC parking lot for a lunch date with enthusiasts.

Nearly 40 members of the Keystone Region Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club, traveling to campus under ideal conditions Friday, brought about 20 examples from history’s longest-running vehicle manufacturer to the home of the nation’s oldest continuous automotive program. Club members in vintage automobiles talked with interested students and faculty from Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, lunched with Institutional Advancement officials at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, and toured the college’s automotive restoration technology labs. The visit dovetailed with an annual picnic outside the Parkes Automotive Technology Center, where school administrators served hot dogs and other fare, and where such activities as the Push Rod Drop and Piston Ring Toss added an automotive spin to carnival-type challenges.