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From: "John Macartney" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 21:27:40 -0000

As many of you know, I'm currently intending to do a Charity Drive across the 
States and Canada next 
year in a Stag - to help three charities (non-profits) raise money for the 
treatment of so many who 
suffer from PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder.
There's a website at which you're welcome to 
visit to learn more. 
There's also a button on it you can click to keep up to speed with update 
emails from me on progress 
in preparing for the event and (hopefully) a daily diary and video download 
once we get underway 
with the Drive itself.
The prime point of this email is to give FoTers the first public announcement 
of what I feel is a 
very important landmark in the run-up to getting underway.
As most (all?) of us know, Jack Drews was a perfectionist in the way his car 
was always prepared and 
turned out whenever he went racing. I feel it is not too soon to say the 1973 
Stag that I will be 
driving on the event will entirely reflect Jack's no compromise standards, and 
for this, I'm 
entirely indebted to Joe Pawlak and his loyal team of dedicated helpers at 
Illinois Sports Owners 
Association who, even as I write, are completely rebuilding the car from the 
ground up.
It's by now had its final coat of Sapphire Blue (original colour) though it was 
white when bought 
earlier this year. We're keeping the hardtop white to hopefully reflect out 
some of the heat the A/C 
won't be able to cope with!
But now we come to the important bit. After a most courteous email from Tony 
Drews, I want all of 
you to know the Stag will have a name. I can think of a good few unprintable 
ones but I want you to 
be aware that as of now the TTACD Stag will be known as uncle jack. Tony was 
most insistent we keep 
to lower case letters throughout because this is how Jack always signed off his 
emails to the list 
and certainly to me. I do hope Jack would approve - but I think he will. Joe 
Pawlak and the team 
have done a stupendous job so far and I see no reason why this standard will 
not continue. There's 
another more personal issue for me that I hope uncle jack won't object to 
having on his front 
My late Dad, Charles Macartney, after whom The Macartney Charitable Trust was 
named in his memory, 
was also a perfectionist in anything he undertook - especially if it was 
anything to do with 
engineering and production issues at the factory in Coventry. With that in 
view, I do hope no-one 
will object if uncle jack appears on the highways and byways of the USA and 
Canada with a replica of 
Dad's licence plate that he moved from car to car over the years. That plate 
was first issued by the 
Coventry Motor Tax office in 1956 and is TRW 777.
Thank you Tony, thank you Frances, uncle jack will live on in more than just 
your memories and I 
promise I'll do my very best to look after him as we complete our marathon 
OK FoTers - uncle jack is back with us and I hope in a form which would ensure 
his approval.

(John Macartney) 
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