Fred Mazur has several award winning cars. His 1963 Avanti is the August Feature Car in the 2015 Avanti International Calendar. It is an AACA 1st Place Grand National Winner and was nominated and selected for a Special National Award with the AACA as one of the best cars of 2013. Last summer, it earned a first place and best of division awards at the Studebaker International Meet in Dover, Delaware. It scored 399/400 points. It is trailered everywhere it goes for now, and turned 50 miles since the body off restoration was completed in 2013. It earned a Lion Award and Ribbon at “The Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s ” in Plymouth, Michigan this past Sunday. This show is considered one of the top three invitational automotive Concours shows in the country. Fred also has a 1983 Mercedes Benz 300E, an AACA 1st Place Senior Award winner. It is going to compete at the AACA Grand National Meet in Williamsport, Pa., in 2016. It was his Father’s retirement gift to himself back in the spring of 1986. The car is completely original and has always been garaged. It has never seen snow.
Fred and Melissa also own this beautiful 1991 Mazda Miata. It earned an AACA National 1st Place Junior Award at the Fall Meet in Hershey, PA, October 2017.
Melissa & Fred’s friends, Bernadette & Bob Dudeck, also have a special collection.
Says Bob: My dad bought the ’39 Ford convertible in 1954 as a hobby fun car. He had it repainted black and installed a later full race Ford flathead V-8 with Stromberg 97’s, aluminum heads, duals with glasspacks,etc. My parents drove it on many road rallyes with a local sports car club and several vacation trips. The grainy attached photo of my dad and me with the ’39 was taken in 1956 when I was six years old! Years later I drove the car to the Har-Brack High School Senior Prom in 1968, and then used it for a while as a daily commuter to the Penn State New Kensington campus. After that it sat in my parent’s garage for decades before starting into a body-off nut and bolt restoration at my brother-in-law’s shop in Blairsville (Westmoreland Antique Car Restoration). Presently the frame and running gear is completed and the body is in high build primer awaiting paint. Being a purist, I am having it changed back to its original factory Cloudmist Grey (appears green) with a black convertible top and LeBarron Bonney kit for the interior and rumble seat. Hopefully the car will be finished within a couple years.
The ’54 Studebaker Champion Starliner was purchased as the family beater in 1964. A very important car for me as I learned to drive and passed my test with it, used it on my first date and then had it with me four years at Penn State in addition to it taking us on many family vacations. But the salt and slush of winters took its toll and by the seventies a decision had to be made whether to scrap it or restore it. As usual,sentiment won out and it was treated to a lengthy body-off restoration. Its first showing at a Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet brought home a “Best of Division” award. Through the Antique Automobile Club of America it has progressed to Senior, was nominated for a National Award and was invited to represent the year 1954 for the automotive timeline at AACA’s 75th Anniversary show in Louisville, Kentucky.
I bought the ’64 Studebaker Avanti R2 (factory supercharged) in 1974. Other than a lacquer respray that I did 35 years ago and replating the bumpers, it is all original including upholstery, carpets and weatherstripping. Because it has not been restored, many detail photos were taken of it for a Studebaker Avanti authenticity book. It rolls on non-radial reproduction bias-ply Firestone Deluxe Champions and is driven everywhere. It brought both newborn daughters home from the hospital over 30 years ago, and is driven hundreds of miles to Studebaker Drivers Club/Avanti Owners Association International Meets. Being mostly all original, it has many flaws but shows well enough that it still manages to bring home first place awards with SDC and AOAI. With AACA it shows in the non-judged HPOF (Historic Preservation Original Features) class and has been driven to the Eastern Fall Meet at Hershey several times.