Saturday, Sept. 13 was International Drive Your Studebaker Day. The Vancouver Island chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club made a special stop for coffee and a photo in Youbou to visit the town’s 1935 Studebaker fire truck.
A few club members used to live in Youbou, including a Tom who lived near the fire hall, drove the ambulance and did maintenance on the old fire truck in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s.
After coffee, muffins and shared stories, the club was on their way, heading back through Lake Cowichan on their way to Port Renfrew for lunch.
Youbou’s Studebaker was originally a dump truck but was converted to a fire truck used by British Columbia Forest Products until the company donated it to Youbou Volunteer Fire Department. The Studie truck was the oldest operating fire truck in Canada until YVFD retired it in 1994.
The Vancouver Island chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club meets at a different location each month, allowing enthusiasts to show off their beautiful classic cars.