Today I received my weekly notice from Hyman Ltd. and saw the 1951 Crosley LeMans Team Racecar for sale. I immediately thought of Charlie Nicholas and his “Flying Saucer”. I then did bit of ‘googling’ and found your website. I graduated from Fairmont High School in 1954 and occasionally worked for Charlie in 52, 53 and 54. I only knew his shop on East Blue Earth Avenue and his home on Tilden Street. Yes, and met Ruby many times.
Charlie was short and stout, had a hard time bending over a fender to service a normal car engine except a VW or a Porsche, or an MG or an Austin Healey. He also had a bit of a problem sliding under cars as his shop had no lift, only a creeper, standard floor jacks and stands. I guess that is where I came in at 5’10” and 155 lbs. I could bend over and crawl under and Charlie would issue instructions and away we went.
I remember his love of Crosleys, a small, economical, well engined, little 4-place car. I also recall his appreciation of European engineering and his own attention to detail. At that time it was fix it rather than to replace and I learned a lot from Charlie. Oh, I could go on and on but won’t bore you with more. Thanks for remembering Charlie and taking me back on this little trip as well. Cheers.