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Andy Beckman is the Archivist at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana. He has been with the museum since 1999 where their state-of-the-art, 55,000 square-foot facility, has been open since 2005. The building has three levels and features galleries and storage facilities where they honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area and the Studebaker marque. He also serves as President of the Society of Automotive Historians. Andy grew up in a family of Studebaker owners, and drives a 1964 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop. Andrew previously worked at the Sheboygan County Historical Society and Wade House State Historic Site. He’s authored two books: The Studebaker National Museum: Over a Century on Wheels, and Studebaker’s Last Dance: The Avanti.
“Pursue perfection to achieve excellence.” – Vince Lombardi
CAREER & LIFE CHALLENGES
Having to move their museum building and entire collection while re-doing their archives building.
FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE
A 1984 VW Rabbit GTI
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
Do it once and do it right.
The Studebaker National Museum by Andrew Beckman*
Studebaker’s Last Dance The Avanti by Andrew Beckman*
On The Road by Peter Egan
PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE
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