Thread: RIP John Fitch
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by SD Z4MR View Post
There's an article on page 29 in the Nov 26 issue of Autoweek on John Fitch's 1966 "Fitch Phoenix", a car that he designed based on the Corvair that he planned to market. Bad timing, the National Traffic and Motor Safety Vehicle Act was signed a few months after he started taking deposits. GM then killed the Corvair, which also killed the Phoenix.

captainaudio, I'm guessing that you've seen, and perhaps even ridden in this vehicle, as it apparently made regular appearances at Lime Rock on race weekends.
Fitch lived accross the road from Lime Rock and he and the Fitch Phoenix were regular fixtures there, The Phoenix also made regular appearances at the Greenwich Concours. I saw the car dozens of times and discussed it with Fitch but never rode in it.

Here is the Fitch Phoenix at the Greenwich Cocours and on the Midway at Lime Rock on a race day.


Drivers Club at Lime Rock
The Glen Club (Watkins Glen International)
International Motor Racing Research Center
Cayman Club Nor'Easters
Porsche Club of America
Madison Ave. Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society (Only a Vice President)
Sports Car Club of America
Polish Racing Drivers of America (PRDA)
American Mural Project
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Mount Washington Observatory
Society of Automotive Historians

Last edited by captainaudio; 11-27-2012 at 04:55 AM.
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