Mike Kress of Valley City
This July 4th, 2001, the North American Spitfire
Squadron, with help from Spitfire & GT6
Magazine, held its first national event in
Knoxville Tennessee. Many Spitfires arrived with
many more owners also in attendance. The day began
with the GT6 float being flanked buy eight shiny
Spitfires in formation following in the local
parade. Onlookers could be heard yelling to the
drivers "Look dear, mine will look like that soon"
leading us to believe there could have been many
more cars in the parade.
At the end of the parade route a British Car
Show was held. It was a wonderful show with many
beautiful and varied cars. Among the non-Spitfire
cars were a dark green Morgan beside a perfect TVR
next to a 1950 Dellow. There was a car from almost
every marque. And it was nice to see daily drivers
in the "show"; cars with the patina that only time
and use can bestow.
After a few hours of very friendly people and
great conversations, door prizes were given out
followed by the drawing of the numbers for the GT6.
Entrants were assigned a four digit number and Joe
Guinan, North American Spitfire Squadron president,
drew the numbers.
The winning number was 4340 which
coresponded to Mike Kress in the list. Luckily we
had Mike's phone number and someone volunteered a
cell phone. The first two tries brought nothing but
a busy signal. On the third try, Mike's answering
machine picked up and Tom Broberg of Spitfire
Magazine announcing that he was the winner. Just
before hanging up Mike heard the message being
recorded and jumped on the phone. "Your kidding! I
have never won anything in my life!!!" The crowd
Paul & Vicki Logue won the "best Spitfire
Mike picking up his new GT6 and view of his
I just wanted to let you guys know that we
arrived home safe with the GT6. I also want to say
thanks to everyone at Spitfire and GT6 magazine.
I've been walking around with a silly grin on my
face since Tom called me July 4th.
I'm working on a story and I'll send some good
photos for use in the magazine.I have enclosed a
few jpegs of the GT6 in its new garage for you to
post on the web site if you wish.
On an interesting note, I was comparing the
commission number plate on the GT6 to my Spitfire.
According to the color code on the plate, the
original color of the GT6 was Sienna Brown with
black interior and the manufacture date was
December 1971. Well my Spitfire is Sienna Brown
with black interior and manufactured December 1971!
Coincidence, or destiny?
Well I'm off to the garage to play with my new
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