John Fitch’s 95th birthday was celebrated on August 5, 2012 at his home in Connecticut. Bob Melhado attended the party and has allowed me to use a couple of his pictures.
Many of the most notable people in racing in the northeast USA attended John’s party. The picture below shows John Fitch surrounded by people with a strong connection to John Fitch and the Lime Rock race track.
Bob Sharp, Oscar Koveleski, Judy Stropus, Skip Barber, Sam Posey, and Gordon MacKenzie Surround John Fitch Sitting on the Chair
John Fitch’s life has been very full. He was a war hero, a winning race car driver with the Mercedes-Benz racing team, a renown safety engineer, car designer, and one of the main developers of the Lime Rock race track in Connecticut. For example, those yellow barriers/barrels near bridge abutments are John Fitch’s invention. John also developed his own car – the Fitch Phoenix. There was a birthday cake at the party that had an image of John and the Phoenix.
Birthday Cake With A Likeness of John Fitch and the Fitch Phoenix Car
The Phoenix was on display at the birthday party and Bob Melhado took the following picture of the car.
John Fitch’s Phoenix at the Birthday Party
I saw the Fitch Phoenix at the Lime Rock race track in 2010. It is an attractive car.
John Fitch’s Phoenix Car at the 2010 Lime Rock Historic Festival
From what I’ve seen John Fitch enjoyed his 95th birthday party and the attendees enjoyed seeing John. John Fitch is a very remarkable man and there are very few people like him. Happy birthday John!