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  • The Most Heartwarming Thing I have Seen In A While (Car Show)

    All of us can learn a thing or three by watching this video...
    I was deeply moved by it...

    Yes, it is Facebook. There is a lot of wonderful things on Facebook, if you choose to look.
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  • #2
    Ed George told me he once had the same thing happen with his ‘63 Avanti in a restaurant parking lot. He said that the gentleman knew every body line by memory.


    • #3
      In the 70's there was a couple in FL. He was blind. She drove the Stude to the shows. He did the work using his hand as eyes. They both were well adjusted to there life.


      • #4
        The license plate on the car says, "CAN'T SEE."
        The irony...
        Mike Davis
        Regional Manager, North Carolina
        1964 Champ 8E7-122 "Stuey"


        • #5
          Thanks for sharing! Neat video. I was surprised that the owner did not offer to let him sit in the drivers seat.



          • #6
            Thanks for the great post Jeff. You are right, there are some good things on Facebook. Watching, my first clue was the Golden Labrador in a harness, the licence plate cinched it for me.
            Suddenly my problems are minuscule in comparison.


            • #7
              Many years ago when I was a member of the Vintage Tin street rod club here in Pittsburgh I was priveleged to organize a braille rally between several car clubs and the Western Pa School for the Blind. The kids involved spent a lot of time going over the rods just as this young man did. A few could tell if the car had flames, or whether it was a red or a blue tone just by the feel. Needless to say sitting in the passenger seat during the poker run just thrilled the kids to death. Almost as much as it thrilled the 'hardbitten' rodders who drove them


              • #8
                Originally posted by 70Avanti2 View Post
                In the 70's there was a couple in FL. He was blind. She drove the Stude to the shows. He did the work using his hand as eyes. They both were well adjusted to there life.
                I remember them from SDC International Conventions. I watched him clean the Hawk before the shows.

                The engine that I put into one of my 1953 Commander Starliners came from a 1957 Golden Hawk that was owned by a blind man in Beacon, NY. He used to drive the Hawk up and down his driveway. I guess that others took him places in it. The engine had 47K miles on it when I got it.

                There was a van in the Fishkill/Glenham, NY area that had a sign on the back stating: "Caution Blind Man Driving". However, this one was meant as humor since the van belonged to a venetian blind manufacturer.
                Gary L.
                Wappinger, NY

                SDC member since 1968
                Studebaker enthusiast much longer


                • #9
                  I think I have mentioned before that I spent the first 5 years after college working with our state Commission for the Blind. I grew up around a blind couple who my mother and father befriended. We all admired their amazing adaptation to their situation, their talents, and attitude. My exposure to them served me well in my professional position. I left that work after becoming so disillusioned with the morass of bureaucratic entanglements, agency politics, and methods that often prolonged problems instead of assisting the very people you were supposed to help.

                  That is obvious that this individual has multiple disabilities. Not only is he blind, but hearing impaired and without speech. Notice that his companion is communicating with him by “tactile” sign language. He signs visually and tactically. Besides the obvious emotional pull of this video, it demonstrates the best of humanity. This person, without sight, speech, or hearing, is having a great time at this event, but beyond that, I’m sure he is holding his own in contributing to the quality of life of his family and friends. Communicating and sharing his talents, and thoughts just as well as any of us with all our senses. It is really remarkable how, when love teams up with effort, how our world can open up and expand.

                  It has now been about 43 years since I used my ‘55 Studebaker truck (Back then, my daily driver) to take one of my blind clients to make an important appointment after he had missed his bus. That warm spring day, I drove him 100 miles. His seeing eye dog’s harness scratched the inside metal panel on the passenger door of my truck. I have never touched up those scratches. Old Harley (RIP)... as a blind person, he graduated high school with honors, College, with honors, and Law School with honors...sadly...he lost it all as an alcoholic. An absolute genus as an academic, a lawyer, and conversationalist...but even he couldn’t outsmart his addiction. Something that puzzles me to this day.

                  One day, I was working with a blind co-worker. He had very limited sight, known as “legally blind” and had never driven a car. That morning, between visits with clients, we were making small talk. He confided that one of his wishes was that he could some day have an opportunity to drive a car. Something most of us take for granted. Back then, I had a 1972 El Camino. We were near an old fairly vacant Air Force base. I drove onto a large section of inactive tarmac. Let him know where we were and gave him the wheel. Leonard was in his early 50’s and had never driven a car. I gave him a quick instruction about the brake and gas pedal, how to shift into drive...and off we went. We spent about twenty minutes of driving around in circles, stopping, & starting again.

                  Leonard was a very serious guy...but this day...he was like an eleven year old. Today, I couldn’t offer to give the controls to a blind person on that old Air Force base. It has now been developed into a huge industrial complex. But for that day... One of life’s special moments I’ll never forget.
                  John Clary
                  Greer, SC

                  SDC member since 1975


                  • #10
                    Very Koool video. It appears he had more appreciation for the beauty of the car than most who strolled by.


                    • #11
                      There was a blind gentleman at the York swap meet about 10 years ago,escorted by a family member IIRC.He was checking out,by feel,all of the Studes (including mine)and a older Pontiac that was there at the time.It was the first time I had witnessed anything like that and it really moved me.....


                      • #12
                        My car friend who has gradually lost his vision since his early 20's has soft gloves and most owners let him feel down their car. I will have to kid him about dining at Hooter's! He likes the feel of my Studebaker. His wife drives him and his guide dog in their El Camino or Mustang cnvt. He amazes me in that he does some mechanical service on his vehicles yet.
                        "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional." author unknown


                        • #13
                          I know the car pretty well, and had the opportunity to meet the owner two weeks ago at the Greenwood auto show in Seattle. The owner is a younger women, that somehow just didn't fit the stereotype that I had developed for an owner for a car like this. She had seen the car, fallen in love with it and bought it. Her low keyed enthusiasm for the car, was almost matched by that of the crowd.

                          The ownership story, and the young couple's enthusiasm is a huge part of my reason for staying with the old car hobby. When so many today have tuned out, the ability to communicate on this level, is unmatched by anything else that I know.



                          • #14
                            That is a nice 38 Zepher!
                            Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.


                            • #15
                              At Greenwood the car was right next to a beautiful restored original 1940 Zepher coupe. The display was like an audience magnet. It's hard to say which car drew the most attention. The fact is that the original has such beautiful lines that altering it, for many, is an exercise in futility.