I got a notice yesterday from the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation in Brookline, Massachusetts that they will be holding an evening celebration on Thursday, December 6th called “Remembering John Fitch”. The Museum, of which I am a member, asked its members and the general public to “Come Celebrate the Life of this American Legend of Motorsports”. As many of you know, the famed Mercedes-Benz and Corvette racer, John Fitch, recently passed away at the age of 95.
As I have said before, John Fitch was a very accomplished race car driver and was outstanding in a number of other fields as well. I will be attending the celebration as the Museum has arranged a program with two people who were very much associated with John Fitch in his later years – Chris Szwedo and Don Klein.
Chris Szwedo has produced two relevant films – “Lime Rock Park: The Secret Valley of Racing” and “A Gullwing at Twilight: The Bonneville Ride of John Fitch”. He has also created videos about the cars of Ralph Lauren. Don Klein is the former Editor-in-Chief of Mercedes Momentum and is a frequent contributor to magazines such as Autoweek and Sports Car Market. This month he became a regular columnist for Car & Driver magazine. In 2005, Don and John Fitch collaborated to write the book “Racing With Mercedes”, and that led to their great friendship which included traveling around the world together for John’s many speaking engagements. Don was honored to deliver the eulogy at John Fitch’s memorial service at Trinity Church in Lime Rock, CT.
Once again, the event will be held on Thursday December 6th at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton Street, Brookline, Massachusetts 02445. The doors open at 7:00 pm with the presentation beginning at 7:30 pm. The price of admission is $20 with light refreshment available. This should be a good evening, plus I’ll get a chance to look at the latest displays in the Museum. If you are in the neighborhood, consider attending.