Amazing story of Rachel Veitch and her beloved 1964 Mercury Comet Classic Car
Funny Fact 1: Did you know? when Rachel Veitch bought this car, a gallon of gas was 39 cents, Lyndon B. Johnson was at the White House, and “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena” was a popular radio song?
Funny Fact 2: During her life time with 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, this grandmother had to change 18 batteries, 8 mufflers and her 3 husbands also.
98 years old grandmother Rachel Veitch was a nurse who worked as LPN and retired in 1990 from the FL Hospital South Critical Care Unit. She was born in Erie Pa on August 8, 1918. She is a loving mother of four children and become famous with her trip to the moon and back.
Trip to the moon and back? OMG, don’t be confused. Her trip distance with 1964 Mercury Comet classic car was more than it. Nearly 567,000 miles she has driven around.
Rachel bought her “Chariot” in February 1964 from a car dealer in Sanford for $ 3,289. This classic car is older than her three marriages and has undergone many changes, including eight mufflers, at least 18 batteries, three shock absorbs and countless oil changes.
Rachel used to say Chariot as “she” or “her”. According to Rachel, her chariot never lied to her or cheated on her, she was always able to depend on her classic car.
“My last husband and I divorced in 1975 and he took the 1972 Pontiac we had and I kept Chariot. I’ll bet he’s changed many of cars by now and I still have my Chariot, my faithful pal.” Rachel Said.
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Moreover, she said that, she has been featured with her classic car in several car shows around the country. In year 2007, she has participated her 70th high school reunion after long way to Pennsylvania.
According to her, she maintained this classic car in good condition except her husbands. It has automatic transmission, frosty air conditioning and a can runs for 15 miles per gallon. She has a habit to write down the mileages, the date, and miles per gallon her got when she buy a gas.
Veitch has got accident in 1980 and in that her car endured a rear end collision while her drove along I-95 in Georgia.
Veitch’s dream car was renovated in 2002 after she obtained a ticket to travel at a speed of 92 mph in a 55 mph zone. She credited her immense insane commitment to this classic car as the main reason why the car has been in her care for nearly half a century. “People don’t want to talk to me anymore,” Veitch said. “They’re tired of hearing about my chariot.”
She was an active member of several organizations and National Association of Antique Car Club nicknamed her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente as the “La Chariot”.
She was legally blind due to the macular degeneration in her both eyes which is comes with aging and was not able to drive her lovely Chariot after age 94. “I would not dream of driving that classic car again, I know I’m not safe enough to drive, but I have taken it in stride. She said.
At age 98, Rachel Veitch passed away on May 11, 2017, in Orlando – Florida, after reaching to the end of her life journey.
You can see Rachel’s beloved Chariot in Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford
Some of her fan’s comments on social media.
This is exactly what the older generation should have done instead of buying in to the new jap crap. Both of my grandparents were the same way keeping what they had and staying American!
– Armando Mauricio –
I met her and Chariot. Nice lady, spunky as hell.
– Jeff Reeves –
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Sources- Thottlextrems , FoxNews
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