1931 President Roadsters
Giant 31

Speedway History



1931 President Speedway Roadster.  Produced so the land speed records would be sanctioned by the American Automobile Association.  The AAA required the high performance model to be a production vehicle.  They wanted at least 100 made, but it was offered so late in the production year that only a few were made.  The land speed records still stood.  Restoration started in October 2001.  

In 1931 at Dry Lake in California (later known as Muroc, and now known as Edwards Air Force Base), the "Speedway" was used to set eleven new records.  The driver was Studebaker's research engineer George Hunt.  The runs were sanctioned and approved by the AAA, "The high Court of Mortordom", who had set up and measured the course, and also tore down the car before and after the record runs.  It is significant that these runs were made with the "Speedway" President.  The engineering staff had convinced management to offer a "hotter" version that was given the "Speedway" designation.  The engine differed from the ordinary President.  The modifications included; high compression head (7:1), larger carburetor jetting, rear axle ratio (3.47:1), and high lift cam.  The Speedway model was only available in the roadster body, in two distinctive color combinations,  Chessylite Grey or Black.  In both these color combinations the chassis and wire wheels were Cardinal Red, and with Red leather upholstery and high compression head painted Flame Red.  In a sales bulletin released August 10, 1931 the Speedway was offered at the same price as the standard model.  This combination applies to only 100 Roadsters now scheduled for production.  Of the 56 Roadsters known to exist today, only 11 have serial numbers above 7036122.  Only 4 of those are known to have had the correct Speedway paint combinations.