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Corvette Racing Legend John Fitch Is Just Fine

Dateline: 1.9.12

Stockbridge police located Mr. Fitch. He’s okay! He’s okay!

A shock went through the Corvette community today when it was reported that race car driver, inventor, and Corvette legend, John Fitch was reported missing for a time, but was found, and was unharmed. Perhaps the most startling part of the report was that John is suffering from emphysema (an incurable condition) and mild dementia. If you have ever had a family member with dementia, you know what a rough ride that can be.

The Stockbridge police found John, which wasn’t too difficult, as he drives a black ‘05 Mercedes with yellow racing stripes on the sides. I’m sure they all know who John is and what he drives. John was taken to the local medical center and appeared to be in good condition. And his family was notified that he was found.

Can you imagine thundering around the Le Mans countryside in this beauty? Forget Bridgette Bardot!

In Summer ’10 John was part of the festivities in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for a special presentation of the film, “The Quest.” The film is about Fitch’s involvement with the restoration of the 1960 Fuelie Corvette that he raced and won his class at the 1960 Le Mans race. In ‘10 after the car had been fully restored by Corvette Repair, the race car, along with the Miller family AND John went to Le Mans where John and Lance Miller took a lap in the car that Fitch raced full-out 50 years before. The moment and the car’s story is the subject of the film.

John Fitch is one of a handful of the first wave of Corvette racers that were there at the beginning, that’s still with us. The Corvette community is hugely relieved that John’s okay.

Scott

Related:
John Fitch, a Racing World Legend, Found Unharmed in Stockbridge, Mass.

Corvette Timeline Tales: Happy 94th Birthday, John Fitch!

The Briggs “Swift” Cunningham 1960 Fuel Injected Corvette is Now a Movie Star!


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