Clayton & Carol Rostad

The first eleven years of my life were spent growing up on my parent.s farm near Lake Darling. I like to think of that period of time as being some of the best years of my life. It was great growing up on the farm.

In 1946 my parents sold the farm to my oldest brother and our family moved to Carpio. I graduated from high school in 1954 and entered the army in July. I spent 4 months training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and was then shipped overseas to Japan. I spent 6 months in Tokyo and 12 months on Mount Fuji. Of the two places there I liked Mount Fuji the best. I was discharged in 1956 and returned to Carpio. After a short period of time I moved to Minot.

I met my wife Carol, from Plaza, and we were married in December 1956. We have made our home in Minot since then. We have three children . daughters Ladine and Laurie, and a son, Jim.

My interest in cars started way back in the 40s on the farm. My dad owned a 1935 Ford. My first driving experience was getting to drive the car through the gate! My brother owned a 1931 Model .A. Roadster with a rumble seat and a spot light. As a young boy that had to be the car of all cars. I always wanted to own one just like it.

Owning a 1931 Model .A. Roadster never happened but we did purchase a 1925 Studebaker Country Club Coupe. It was originally owned by a funeral home director in the Fargo-Moorhead area. A Minot resident purchased it in 1993 and we bought it from him in July 2000.

The Studebaker had always been stored inside and was in pretty good shape. We actually drove it home. A 1969 oil change sticker showed it had 26,900 miles on it. The odometer cable was missing so there is no way of knowing the true mileage.

The car was our first attempt at owning and restoring an antique car. We were fortunate to have Terry Thorpe do the restoration and Les Williams do the upholstery. Terry did a .Super. job and so did Les.

Terry was also kind enough to let me help out whenever I could. We began working on it in January 2001 and it was pretty much completed by the end of May. Working on the old Stude sure made the winter a lot shorter. Funny how time flies when you are having a good time. To be able to work on the car and see the progress each day was a great experience.

After having restored one car it kind of gets in your blood and you don.t want to stop. If we do another car we would like to have a car from the 50s so we could drive it on tours and take it out of town. We.ll see what the future brings.

One of the nicer things to happen to us from owning an antique car is being members of the Dakota Cruisers and the Magic City Antique Car Club. We.ve met so many neat people and have made many new friends.

We are looking forward to the new year and the many activities that will take place. We wish all of you a Happy New Year, Happy Valentines Day and many days of Happy Cruising.