Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Her Car Is 82. She's 102.-- Part 1

From the December 30, 2012, Chicago Tribune by Bob Dyer.

Now here's a story that applies to old roads.  An old car and an even older woman.  And...she changes her own oil and spark plugs, something I only did once in my much much younger days.  This Margaret Dunning sounds like quite a character and has had quite an interesting life.

Margaret Dunning of Plymouth, Michigan, was born in 1910, making her 102.  She is still sharp and spunky.  And then, there's her "baby," a 1930 Packard 740 Roadster, twenty years younger than herself.  And, she still drives it, but not as often.  Not because of trouble with the manual transmission and shifting, but because she has trouble turning the huge steering wheel.

She bought it back in 1949 in really bad shape.  "Four upholstery jobs and 22 coats of hand-rubbed lacquer later it became the first vehicle to be awarded a perfect 100-point score by the Classic Car Club of America."

And, classic it is.  Would I ever like to get behind the wheel of that car and cruise down some old highway.

A Fascinating Woman's History Up Next.  --RoadDog

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