Brownfield Man Keeps Piece of American History Alive - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/26/04

Brownfield Man Keeps Piece of American History Alive

In the early 1800's, the name "Studebaker" was associated with wagon-making. Over the years, the company changed with the nation and started production of legendary automobiles. The mystique of those automobiles has captured the imagination and heart of Brownfield's Loy Daniel.

Loy Daniel recalls how his love affair with the Studebaker began, saying, "I was sitting at home and an old friend of mine called and said 'Hey, they're having old car night down at the drive in theater in Lamesa and I've got an old car that needs to go down there and I don't have anyone to drive it.'"

And so began an obsession. Loy bought that car he drove to Lamesa and it didn't end there. Loy says, "To jump off and buy that first antique car that needed a lot of work took a lot of nerve. The second car was a whole lot easier. The third... that was real easy."

It's the Studebaker Loy became most endeared to. He has so many now, he admits he's lost count. He says, "Probably around 12, 13, 14, I don't know." The old Studebakers start off in the backyard of Loy's garage, rusted, weather beaten and showing their age. Then, after a year and half of hard work, new life is breathed into an old classic.

Loy says, "A lot of people say Studebaker was far ahead of its time and that possibly contributed to the company going out of business because the general public didn't accept the new sleek style."

When Loy parks his finished products outside of his Brownfield shop, it doesn't take long for people to stop and take note of that Studebaker style. What was old has become new again.

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