I got a message the other day from Bob Melhado. As many of you know, Bob is the many-time Chief Steward at the Lime Rock Historic Festival. Bob has been very kind to me with respect to attending this event and showing me around. I look forward to seeing him once again at this year’s Lime Rock Historic Festival. It is a great event!
Bob advised me that famed American race car driver, John Fitch, will be turning 95 years old this year. A birthday party is being planned on August 5, 2012 by the “Friends of Fitch” at the Fitch Homestead in Connecticut. Bob Melhado is one of those people who are lucky enough to be considered a “Friend of Fitch” and he made me aware of this party.
John Fitch and Bob Melhado in 2008
John Fitch is one of the great American road racers. Among other things, John was one of the Mercedes-Benz factory team racers during the era of Fangio, Moss, Lang, and Kling. Pretty impressive company!
The following images are only brief snapshots of the very full career of John Fitch.
Mercedes-Benz Poster Noting John Fitch’s Class Win in the 1955 Mille Miglia
John Fitch In a Mercedes-Benz Team Car in La Carrera Panamericana
Stirling Moss and John Fitch After Their Win at Dundrod in 1955 in a Mercedes-Benz
John Fitch Racing a Corvette at Sebring
The John Fitch 95th Birthday Party will be held on August 5, 2012 at 433 Salmon Kill Road, Lime Rock in Lakeville, Connecticut 06039 at 3:00PM. John will be available on the front porch. He would love to see an old photograph or hear a story about racing in the “good old days”. If you want something autographed, then apparently John will be signing autographs. Signed photos and posters will also be available.
Guests are asked to bring along a snack or finger food to share with the crowd. Bring a camera, recorder, hat, bug spray, lawn chair or whatever you think that you will need. If you want to attend, then please contact Terry Dunne at 860.248.1799 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t know if I will be able to attend or not, but it sounds like a great party and a magnificent way to honor one of America’s top road racers.