On Sunday, Nov. 6, while working as a class host at the 15th annual Concours d’Elegance, I held my breath and stood, with dozens of people, in shocked amazement as the unspeakable happened. The 1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight convertible sedan that had just been named “best in class” and that we knew to be worth well over a million dollars slid down a hill and was swallowed up in a lagoon.
We all felt totally helpless. We empathized and sympathized with the car’s owner. If there was anything we could have done to ease his pain, any one of us standing on that hill would have gladly reached out.
So I was not surprised when my husband, Norman, an avid car lover and a compassionate human being, suggested that he would like to do something special for the owner. Norman’s dad had worked for Packard Motors in Detroit during the 1930s and Norman still had the gold watch presented to his father by Packard in 1939.
No one would appreciate this gift as much as someone whose life is committed to restoring and collecting Packards. So he dashed home, picked up the watch, came back and made the presentation. The car’s owner was indeed touched and greatly appreciative of our thoughtfulness. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, there are undoubtedly many stories of human kindness to be told. I am proud to share this one.
Hilton Head Island