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Stig Blomqvist to drive Carl Merrill's Escort at Maine Forest

Hi All,

Some of you may have already seen this, but I just read this release

-Mark Nelson

After the sudden death of my friend Carl Merrill, I was at loss like so many
other people that had the knew Carl and loved him so much. It was and still
is an honor to be involved in the construction of his web site, and out of
respect for Carl and WeeGee Smith, I am happy to release the following
announcement for the 1999 Season.
WeeGee Smith, mechanic for Carl over the last four years has bought the
Escort and what was left of the Rally Team. He is in the middle of
rebuilding the car now. At the moment he has only two events on the

As a way to show respect of Carl, WeeGee is preparing the Escort to run in
the Mt. Washington Hillclimb, June 26-27 1999. This would have been Carl's
tenth year running the hillclimb. The Escort will be left in the same design
as Carl ran.

The second event so far that the Escort will run will be in the Maine Summer
Rally, July 30-31 1999. WeeGee has made an agreement with 1984 World
Champion Stig Blomquist to drive the Escort in Carl's Home Rally. Stig
Blomquist is one of the most respected and well known drivers in the sport,
so it seemed only right to ask him to drive Carl's Escort. The co-driving
duties will be taken up by Lance Smith.

To WeeGee this is the only way Carl would have wanted it, they both loved
the Escort and the wonderful sport of Rallying. This is the best way that
WeeGee could think of to bring more interest to the sport and to say thank
you to Carl for the trust he had in him.

If you would please contact the rallying world and let them know of this
important announcement and a link to http://www.cybertours.com/~karl
"Norseman Resorts Home Page"

For more information or any questions please call WeeGee Smith at
1-207-646-0299, or you may contact myself at biskitt@yahoo.com.

Thank You

David E. Eaton Sr.