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I apologize for being "a little delinquent". I really meant to send this a lot earlier. But, I know, "the road to heaven is filled with good intentions". I have just been straight out.
Please allow me to express my eternal gratitude and my sincere thanks for making the surprise reunion with my old '32 Lincoln Coupe such a momentous moment in my life!
I thought that the article in the AACA April Newsletter that was forwarded to me by Laura really captured the essence of how I felt about "the one that got away" but failed to express how grateful that I felt about how the car was saved and that it had the best new home being cared and nurtured by Gene and Ann.
Judging by what I saw at the Naples-Marco Depot Show, I have no doubt that the 1932 Lincoln, Judkins Rumbleseat Coupe, V-12, Model KB-1303, will rise up out of it's previous obscure anonymity and assume it's rightful place at the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance, and in the archives of famous automobiles, as "the most beautiful and best performing production car of that era". In my mind, I think that it's better than a "Deusy", but I could be a little biased.
I would like to thank Bruce Hotchkiss for his very instrumental help and co-operation with my daughter, Laura Welles-Woodin, and for tracing out the background and history of the car from when his Dad, Bill Hothchkiss, did the engine work back in the 1950's. Bruce, "You! You're good you!" (Robt DeNiro "Analize This") Oh, by the way, could you provide me with your "snail mail" address so I can send stuff to you. And, also, did you go to school with my sister, Mary?
I also want to extend my sincere thanks to Gene and Ann for their gracious hospitality, and for their generosity with their time, but, mostly, for allowing me to experience the spectacular joy of my being able to re-connect, and drive, and caress my old 1932 Lincoln Judkins Coupe. Words cannot begin to express how I feel. Thank You.
Also, my love and many thanks to my kids, Tommy and Laura, and to my wife, Mercedes, for pulling this reunion off and making this a highlight in my life's scrapbook.