Car people are good people… but you already knew that- Saving John’s 1947 Mercury

John Bowdon and his daughter, Jenai Fitzpatrick, work on the 1947 Mercury he bought 33 years ago. Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian

Here at Eastwood, we hear stories like this every once in a while. But a new heartwarming story recently came to light out of Happy Valley, Oregon that we thought we’d share with you. It’s just a great human interest story that happens to revolve around classic car restoration.

The story is about 75-year-old John Bowdon, who bought a rusty 1947 Mercury a long, long time ago. He tinkered with the car for 33 years, but the Merc never became the dream ride Bowdon had in mind. “Life got in the way, and he never finished it,” said Rick Rogers, who was a 15-year-old with a passion for cars when he met Bowdon in the mid-’70s.

Now there is another obstacle. Bowdon has cancer, and his days are numbered.

When they heard the news, Rogers and other members of the Rose City Street Rod Association — a car club Bowdon co-founded in the early 1970s — shifted into gear.

They would get the job done.

For the rest of the story, please click here. It’ll just confirm what we at Eastwood have always known: there’s something special and deep about the camaraderie and friendship that “car people” nurture among themselves.

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