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More than 100 friends of John Fitch gathered at his home in Lime Rock, Connecticut, to honor him on the occasion of his 95th birthday. A number of interesting cars were on display, including the one and only Fitch Phoenix and a beautiful two-tone burgundy Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet (#5233/5441) in which Lucie Cunningham McKinney (Briggs’ older daughter) was driven up from the Cunningham family estate in Greens Farms, Connecticut.

Road Racing Drivers Association of America (L to R) Bob Sharp, Oscar Koveleski, John Fitch, Judy Stropus, Skip Barber, Sam Posey, Gordon MacKenzie.
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One of the highlights of the event was a reading of a letter sent to John by Mercedes Benz that included congratulations on his fantastic class win and 5th overall finish in the 1955 Mille Miglia driving a stock 300 SL fresh from the showroom floor. Other highlights included John blowing out the 95 candles on his cake (with a little help from his grandson) and a champagne toast. John was kept busy signing autographs and seemed to enjoy every moment of it.

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