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Pikes Peak Gathering

In message <199704032005.MAA10085@sled> steveb@falcon.kla.com (Steven Buchholz) writes:

> It sounds like we aren't going to have to put *any* lamps in the church 
> tower as the British invasion is not to be ... I was really hoping that
> they would be able to attend!  

It saddens me too.  But I had mentally built a picture of a wonderful trip 
(including a tall ash-blonde friend of mine from MA, who wanted to come along) 
and the picture included Nigel, whom I gather is _still_ in hospital.

Unfortunately, I have too much going on in my business life to _organise_ such 
a trip.  Taking part, from the point of view of time consumed, is oddly less 
effort.  No matter.
At this point I would like to record some personal sadness.  I heard today that 
a great friend, and a larger than life person, was killed outright in an 
incident (which I won't, out of deference to his skills, call an "accident") on 
Easter Sunday.  He had a family of two grown daughters and a six-year-old son, 
and was returning with his wife and son from a visit to her mother's when a 
young man driving in the opposite direction exceeded his own abilities.

I will miss Dieter (Schmidt, Kohlgrubenstrasse, Hofheim/Langenhain) for his 
humour.  He always drove low-end Opels (GM) because of the cheapness of parts 
and service, and roasted me a few times about dumb Audi prices.  I can see his 
face and hear his voice with minimal effort.  He lives forever.

 Phil Payne
 Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club