Re: Charlie Nicholas Story
Jeff I forwarded your photo to Chet, here is his reply with more Charlie stories.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Many thanks for attaching the photo. Charlie was very proud of his Crosley Flying Saucer. He drove it to the Indianapolis 500 at least once and I recall it created quite a stir as a rather unusual small American car. The color was very close to a British Racing Green. The car came out only on special occasions but one would always see Charlie wearing his customary beige one piece coveralls.
Yes, his sense of humor was great, janitor he was as the shop was always clean. Humor he had, automobile psychiatrist yes - he listened to hear automotive problems which he then confirmed and repaired.
Crosley’s were his love but his ‘Furrin’ car shop was always full of foreign marks. He knew and understood them all. Under Charlie’s tutelage I had the pleasure working on many. Being short and stout, he always had his footstool at the ready to give him the added height to bend over a fender. Where he found replacement parts for the foreign marks I have no idea, but UPS knew who and where we were for their deliveries. Can you imagine anyone giving a 17 year old the opportunity to strip and install a new canvas top on an Austin Healey 100? Charlie didn’t touch a thing and there was no removal and start over, and it was Charlie who watched me do it. Charlie Nicholas was good and permitted many to fully enjoy their ‘different’ autos. It is perhaps a little late, but ‘thank you’ Charlie. And I appreciate you and your friends watching me siphon gas from a pickup parked at curbside in front of your home, only then did I see you - and you never uttered a word about it.