Gran, 93, ends 920 000km journey
16 April 2012, 14:23
A 93-year-old grandmother has had to end her fantastic journey behind
the wheel of her beloved 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente named Chariot.
Rachel Veitch has covered 920 000km in a car she's owned since 1964 but her ailing eyesight means she'll have to stop driving.
Veitch told Fox News,
"I know I'm not safe enough to drive but I have taken it in my stride.
I’m legally blind, so I can no longer drive my lovely Chariot. They
don’t have to take it away, I would not dream of driving that car
RIDING HER CHARIOT
According to the DailyMail,
Veitch bought her prized Chariot for $3289 (rand equivalent of R2335)
in February 1964 from a dealer in Sanford, Florida. The car, which has
been appraised at R95 771, has gone through 18 batteries, eight exhausts
and countless oil changes.
Veitch has had an obsessive
dedication to the car which is the main reason it's managed to be
roadworthy for nearly half a century. The car was wrecked in 1980
following a rear-end collision while Veitch, who was not injured, drove
along the I-95 in Georgia.
Veitch said: “When I buy gas, I write
down the mileage, the date and how many miles per gallon I got. I've
never been a destructive person and I've just taken care of everything,
except my husbands.”
Chariot has outlasted all three of her marriages.
July 2012 Veitch will travel to Wisconsin to appear in an antique car
show and says might consider giving her ride to Jay Leno, host of The
Tonight Show, which she appeared on in August 2010.
children, nine grandchildren or 11 great-grandchildren can count
themselves out of the running to own the prized car: “It wouldn't matter
if they did [want it], they're not going to get it. They couldn't take
care of it like I did.”