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DRIVEN ; AT 89, CONNECTICUT AUTO RACING LEGEND JOHN FITCH IS STILL LIVING IN THE FAST LANE. AND HE'S JUMPING BACK INTO THE COCKPIT TO PURSUE ONE MORE GOAL.
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Hartford Courant - Hartford, Conn.
Author: SUDYK, ROBERT||||||Robert Sudyk is a free-lance writer in West Hartford and a longtime contributor to NE.
Date: Aug 13, 2006
Start Page: 4
Section: NE MAGAZINE
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COVER COVER Legendary race car driver and investor [John Cooper Fitch] of Salisbury before a 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing. PHOTO 1: John Fitch's legend isn't just about driving fast; it's also about auto safety. In this 1983 photo, the now-89-year-old race driver sits among one of his most successful inventions: sand- filled, plastic crash barriers that have become common at highway exits nationwide. PHOTO 2: [Bob Sirna] displays his 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing earlier this summer at the Saratoga Auto Museum. Fitch will strap into the cockpit of Sirna's car in October when he attempts to break a world land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. PHOTO 3: Against the backdrop of his own image, Fitch sits on the fender of a 1952 [Briggs Cunningham] 52 16R he drove in 1952's 24 Hours of LeMans. The car is on display in the Saratoga Auto Museum's exhibit honoring the 89-year-old race driver and inventor's remarkable career. PHOTO 4: In the summer of 1983, Fitch takes a test drive in a Phoenix, a sports car he designed and built. He produced 500 of the cars before abandoning the project.

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