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Old 31 Oct 2012, 15:50 (Ref:3160667)   #1
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John Fitch

I've just read of the death of John Fitch at the age of 95. He had an impressive record in sportscar racing in the '50's and 60's as well as the inventor of the 'fitch barrier' used on thousands of miles of US roads. A quiet, gentle and thoughtful man who was much respected and who remained active until very recently. RIP John
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Old 1 Nov 2012, 10:31 (Ref:3161021)   #2
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Yup, RIP. He had some strong views of the 1955 Le Mans, which agree or not, he never swayed from.
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A gentleman, tireless worker in the field of road safety, and an above-average driver.

He finished 5th overall in the "Moss" 1955 Mille Miglia in a Merc 300SL road car, winning his class and beating into second Olivier Gendebien, himself a superb sports-car driver. Probably his finest drive.

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95 years packed with action. Good bye John
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Old 1 Nov 2012, 15:56 (Ref:3161128)   #5
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He was an interesting man and lived a full life. RIP.
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RIP John. 95 ain't bad for someone who drove professionally when he did.
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RIP John. 95 ain't bad for someone who drove professionally when he did.
And for someone shot down an Me 262, was himself shot down and became a prisoner of war.
A life lived fully

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Meet John at Le mans a couple of years ago at the Corvette celebration he was there with the rebuilt corvette that he actually raced, he was well in his nineties but still managed to drive the car, a great driver and a real character
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Another one passes . . .

Excellent article with a slideshow from Autoweek (US) magazine HERE.

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From the "waaaaaay back" machine

This link will take you to an article with ~90 photographs and an excellent history of John's life.

http://www.sportscardigest.com/john-...JNZbn.yC7us.C0

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John Fitch's 95th birthday party video.
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Another tribute, this one from The Guardian, Thursday 22 November 2012:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/nov/22/john-fitch
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Thanks "bear" for the link to the 95th birthday party.

What a great guy John Fitch was, and to see some of the other road racers was good too.

Well worth taking a look on youtube is Jay Leno interviewing him when he was only 91.
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