[Healeys] John Fitch

I Erbs eyera3000 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 5 11:46:33 MST 2012

Articles and sale material for the Phoenix
Ira Erbs
Portland, OR
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On Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM, Jackson Krall <jackson_krall at yahoo.com>wrote:

> Thankyou Simon, The Daily Telegraph told the story with a bit more
> accuracy and depth than either the Boston Globe or NY Times.
> The auto dealership in White Plains NY was, as far as I know, for Willys,
> not Mercedes, as stated in Globe and Times.
> I believe The Fitch Phoenix was to be a passenger sports car rather than a
> "race car". 200 orders were taken before Nader/GM pulled the plug.
> I have a series of photos taken a few years ago by a girlfriend at Lime
> Rock, of Mr Fitch with the Pheonix. John had just been told that something
> seemed to be leaking from the car. 90+ year old Mr Fitch gets down on the
> ground to look under car to verify, jumps up and gets in car saying he must
> get it back home(about 200 yards from the track) and speeds off. Inspiring!
> The first time I saw he and the Pheonix was when leaving the track one
> day. He was driving in front of me when I recognized the car, remembering
> those side mounted spare tires, different sizes front and rear, from the
> magazine articles back in the day. As the exit road turns left just after
> the bridge, he looked back at me, I waved and smiled, he did the same.
> The annual Jaguar Drivers Club meeting at Lime Rock is a low key non
> spectator event that was the perfect time to find him and converse. When it
> was discovered that my girlfriends mother was a cousin of his friend, and
> inventor of the racing stripe, Coby Whitmore, we had plenty to talk about.
> Once, when talking about the Pheonix, he suddenly said, "That reminds me, I
> need to call Roger Penske tomorrow". I was somewhat stunned to realize that
> I was talking to an icon that had a hotline to the titans of the industry.
> As others have said, he will be greatly missed at Lime Rock.
> Best
> JK
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> On Mon, Nov 5, 2012 3:41 AM EST Simon Lachlan wrote:
> >Obituary in UK's Daily Telegraph:-
> >
> >
> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/sport-obituaries/9654484/John-Fit
> >ch.html
> >
> >
> >
> >Simon.
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