Monday, June 29, 2009

Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk in Fatal Crash

"A car connected the two, a grandson's way of saying thanks to his grandmother.

Now, the grandson, David Kahn, 40, of Moline, is fighting for his life at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, and his grandmother, Julie Hogan, 86, with whom he lived, is dead.

On Saturday, the two left Moline for a car show in Pontiac, driving his prized 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk. The two were also to celebrate David's 40th birthday, which was Monday.

They were on Interstate 39 in La Salle County shortly after 3 p.m when the fatal crash occurred. Relatives said they've been told by authorities the driver of another vehicle, Julia Hoffman, 49, of Rockford, crossed the median going the other way and went airborne toward Kahn's Studebaker.

Kahn allegedly swerved to avoid the airborne car and went airborne himself into a ditch area before landing nose down. Hoffman was released from the hospital on Monday.

The car they were driving in (Friday), Davey's grandfather bought the frame, and he and his grandfather built it from the frame up," McMahill said. "It's a very near and dear vehicle."

Read the full article is here.

An example of a '62 Gran Turismo Hawk

1 comment:

breadfan said...


Im interested in picking up this '64 Studebaker,
do you think its a good price?
anything specific i should check for?