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Florida woman, 93, reaches end of the road after 576,000 miles in her 1964 Mercury
foxnews.com ^ | 4-2-12

Posted on 04/02/2012 12:10:23 PM PDT by rawhide

After 576,000 miles--or more than a trip to the moon and back--in the same 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, the 93-year-old Orlando grandmother is stepping on the brakes due to age-related macular degeneration in both eyes. She realized her vision had completely failed her in early March after running a "bald-faced red light," Veitch told FoxNews.com.

"I am legally blind, so I can no longer drive my lovely Chariot," she said by phone. "They don’t have to take it away, I would not dream of driving that car again."

Veitch,a retired nurse who told FoxNews.com in July 2009 that the car had outlasted three marriages and three sets of shocks,said she last drove on March 9.

"I know I'm not safe enough to drive,"she continued."But I have taken it in stride."

Veitch bought her beloved ride for $3,289 in February 1964 from a dealer in Sanford,Fla.

She credits her near-obsessive dedication to the car as the main reason why it's spent nearly half a century in her care.

"When I buy gas,I write down the mileage,the date and how many miles per gallon I got,"she told FoxNews.com in 2009. "I've never been a destructive person and I've just taken care of everything, except my husbands."

Veitch,who appeared on "The Tonight Show" in August 2010, said she might consider selling it to host and classic car aficionado Jay Leno if he's interested.

"I haven't talked to Jay Leno yet,but I'm wondering if he's interested,"Veitch said early Thursday."But I don't think I should start talking about it now."

Asked if any of her 4 children,9 grandchildren or 11 great-grandchildren have expressed interest in the car, Veitch responded:"It wouldn't matter if they did, they're not going to get it.They couldn't take care of it like I did."

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: mercury

1 posted on 04/02/2012 12:10:28 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Lenpo will probably buy it! That would be nice if he did, to honor her.


2 posted on 04/02/2012 12:11:52 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Lenpo=Leno

(fat fingers)


3 posted on 04/02/2012 12:13:26 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Hell, Al Bundy’s car went 999,999.9 miles. Now, that’s something.


4 posted on 04/02/2012 12:13:57 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: rawhide

Video: A 101-Year-Old Woman and Her 81-Year-Old Packard

http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/autosblogpost.aspx?post=0dc6b93c-8569-4504-a262-7f8a3d6dcdcd


5 posted on 04/02/2012 12:20:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: rawhide
Asked if any of her 4 children,9 grandchildren or 11 great-grandchildren have expressed interest in the car, Veitch responded:"It wouldn't matter if they did, they're not going to get it.They couldn't take care of it like I did."

That's just sad.

She must think all of her family members are like Clint Eastwood's in Gran Torino.

6 posted on 04/02/2012 12:20:23 PM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: rawhide

Mercury Blues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAXyMcUP6UU


7 posted on 04/02/2012 12:22:01 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: rawhide

That’s not excessivley high mileage for a 48 year old car.


8 posted on 04/02/2012 12:23:27 PM PDT by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: rawhide
I've heard tell of cars that fell in love - jealous love - with their owners...


9 posted on 04/02/2012 12:25:15 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: rawhide
"I've never been a destructive person and I've just taken care of everything, except my husbands."

(Snicker) She's honest, too.

10 posted on 04/02/2012 12:25:40 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: newgeezer

:: I’ve just taken care of everything, except my husbands. ::

After reading that, her statement against her kids/grandkids was not surprising...in the least.


11 posted on 04/02/2012 12:32:00 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: rawhide

ZZ TOP

MERCURY BLUES

Had my money
I tell you what I’d do
I would go downtown
Buy a mercury or two
Cause I’m crazy ‘bout a mercury
Cruise up and down this road
Up and down this road
I’m goin’ to buy me a mercury
And I’ll cruise up and down this road
Up and down this road

You know that gal I love
I stole her from a friend
Fool got lucky stole her back again
Because she knowed he had a mercury
Cruise up and down this road
Up and down this road
Well, she knowed he had a mercury
And she cruise up and down this road

Hey now mama
Where’d you stay last night
Your hair’s all down
Your clothes don’t fit you right
Had my money
I tell you what I’d do
Go downtown and buy a mercury or two
Cause I’m crazy ‘bout a mercury
And I’ll cruise up and down this road
Up and down this road

I’m going to buy me a mercury
And I’ll cruise up and down this road
Up and down this road

I’m going to buy me a mercury
Going to buy me a mercury
Going to buy me a mercury
Cruise, cruise up and down this road
Up and down this road

I’m going to buy me a mercury
Buy me a mercury
Going to buy me a mercury
Cruise, cruise up and down this road
Up and down this road

(Original by Steve Miller)


12 posted on 04/02/2012 12:33:17 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: rawhide

1964 Mercurys helped hold-down health care costs. No seat belts. All steel dash with protruding metal switches. Slippery plastic-covered bench seat. When you had an accident in one of those babies, you splattered against the dashboard with the steering column protruding from your face, and died, period.


13 posted on 04/02/2012 12:47:02 PM PDT by pabianice (")
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To: rawhide

White car.

Sanford, Florida.

Racist.


14 posted on 04/02/2012 12:48:54 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (The only economic certainty: When it all blows up, Krugman will say we didn't spend enough.)
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To: abb

Is that ***Christine***?


15 posted on 04/02/2012 12:51:02 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: rawhide

That ain’t nothin’ - my 65 chevy has gone over 1.2 million miles (took 5 engine re-builds, and replacements though.)


16 posted on 04/02/2012 12:57:52 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: rawhide; a fool in paradise

Watch it go on sale after she croaks with 57,600 miles on the meter. “A little old lady drove it to church on Sundays”


17 posted on 04/02/2012 1:02:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: carriage_hill

Dennis Guilder: Arnie would have never bought that car if he’d known somebody died in it.

George LeBay: Either you’re dumber than you look, or you don’t know your friend very well. He had the same look in his eye that my brother always had. Probably the only thing my brother ever loved in his whole rotten life was that car. No shi**er ever came between him and Christine, if they did... watch out! He had a five-year-old daughter choke to death in her... he wouldn’t get rid of her. He just rode around with the radio blaring, not a care in the world except for Christine. Only time I ever interfered with it was when Rita killed herself.

Dennis Guilder: Who’s Rita?

George LeBay: His wife! He didn’t care a rat’s a$$ about her! She died the same way he did... then I made him get rid of it... for decency, ya know? Of course, the car came back three weeks later.

Dennis Guilder: What do you mean “came back”?


18 posted on 04/02/2012 1:07:59 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: rawhide

Kinda sad. The organist from our church is about the same age, and the state just told him he had to quit driving for the same reason.


19 posted on 04/02/2012 1:18:27 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: cripplecreek

"...we have a car. Not one of those cheap things made of chromium and spit but Isotta Fraschini. Have you ever heard of Isotta Fraschini? All hand-made. It cost me twenty eight thousand dollars."

"The whole thing was upholsted in leopard skin and had one of those car phones. All gold-plated."


20 posted on 04/02/2012 1:28:12 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets ("Jihad" is Arabic for "Helter-Skelter", "bin Laden" is Arabic for "Manson".)
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To: abb

That was a chilling movie, which changed the way I viewed people who actually *named their cars*: I avoided them from then on. LOL.


21 posted on 04/02/2012 1:58:41 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: Ron C.
nicest car ever....

just a boss...

22 posted on 04/02/2012 4:01:35 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Dick Vomer

4 door impala? No way.


23 posted on 04/02/2012 4:04:08 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
4 bodies in the trunk, 4 people in the back, driver with girlfriend riding "go-go" and whoever called "shotgun" first...

epic nights. when gas was cheap, old enough to buy beer and young enough to ride with one arm on the wheel and the other out the window.... That ride brings a smile to me. A BIG SMILE....

24 posted on 04/02/2012 4:26:56 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Dick Vomer

25 posted on 04/02/2012 4:31:43 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: rawhide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJJvyPXPssg


26 posted on 04/02/2012 4:31:43 PM PDT by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: Dick Vomer
My first car was a '68 Firebird like this but white. I paid 600 bucks for it in 1975.
27 posted on 04/02/2012 4:33:23 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

I’ll bet that baby just cooked!!! Nice , real nice.


28 posted on 04/02/2012 4:36:41 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Dick Vomer

It oozed torque, so much it was almost impossible to NOT chirp all 4 gears. It passed everything but the gas station. 10 mpg and a 12 gallon tank, do the math.


29 posted on 04/02/2012 5:10:16 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: pabianice

Now government regulates everything about your car...And you too!

I’ll take the 64 comet and the early 60s thanks.


30 posted on 04/02/2012 5:16:51 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: rawhide

“I haven’t talked to Jay Leno yet,but I’m wondering if he’s interested,”Veitch said early Thursday.”But I don’t think I should start talking about it now.”


This is really funny if you consider the fact that she’s had four husbands when you read it...


31 posted on 04/02/2012 6:17:01 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: dragnet2
I’ll take the 64 comet and the early 60s thanks.

Just look at that car. No seatbelts, no headrests, has wing windows an lots of chrome. It just screams freedom (from gov't interference).

32 posted on 04/02/2012 6:56:12 PM PDT by roadcat
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