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October 4, 1998

We received an email from Paul Giblin (Director, Marketing & Special Events, Mt. Washington Auto Road & Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center) today about Carl's death. Though he was lucky enough to die doing one of the things he loved most, I am still heartbroken. Carl was always one of my favorite competitors to watch, nevermind that he drove a really cool Ford.

I first saw Carl compete in Maine Winter 1992, and actually met him at the Mt. Washington Hillclimb the following June. I spent every year after that trying to convince him to swap my 88 Escort GT for his European Escort. I even offered to paint mine the same lavender as his to sweeten the deal. For some reason, he never took me up on that offer. <G>

Not only was Carl a great driver, but he was a truly nice person to talk to. He will be missed dearly at events.

Carl, may you win all your stages from here on in.

Diane, Webmaster for Mather Motorsports*


Photos of Carl, mostly at the Mt. Washington Hillclimb

Photos from Bob Sanderson

Photo From Scott Harvey

Photo Gallery

Photos from Sunrise Service

Other Links

Other Emails & Magazine Articles 

Official Obituary

Barbara Merrill's Letter read at the PRO Rally Banquet

North American Rally Championship

Prescott Forest Broadcast Times

Tribute to Carl Merrill Guestbook


Press Notes from rec.autos.sport & rec.autos.sport.rally

For other notes, please do a dejanews search on "Carl Merrill"

Prescott Forest PRO Rally Round #8 - 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship Prescott, Arizona Press Notes #10 - Saturday, October 3, 1998 - 10:00 AM PDT

30. This statement was issued this morning from the Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott:

Carl Merrill, from Ogunquit, Maine, died this morning, October 3, 1998, at 8:31 AM PST as the result of a cardiac event.

Arrangements are being made to bring Carl back to Maine.

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Prescott Forest PRO Rally Round #8 - 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship Prescott, Arizona Press Notes #9 - Friday, October 2, 1998 - 11:00 PM PDT

29. Six miles into stage #1, the Carl Merrill/Lance Smith Ford Escort Cosworth went off the road on a straight-away and hit a tree. Co- driver Lance Smith was slightly injured, and is having a chest x-ray taken at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott. It is not clear whether something happened to Carl Merrill to cause him to go off the road, or he suffered an injury as a result of the impact - we don't want to speculate - but he was not breathing when the car came to a stop.

Competitors Dave White, Tony Takaori, and Joe Noyes all administered emergency CPR treatment until the EMTs arrive, and a helicopter was called to bring Carl to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott. Takaori, who is a doctor in Japan, characterized Carl's pulse as "steady, but weak" as he was evacuated by the helicopter.

Barbara Merrill, Carl's wife, who was visiting their son in Scottsdale when contacted by the hospital, said the hospital reported to her that Carl was "critical, but stable" condition as of 10:00 PM Pacific. We probably won't get an update on his condition until the morning.

The competitors met with the organizer earlier in the evening for an update, and agreed to meet again on Saturday morning to decide the status of the balance of the rally.

13 cars started the stage - Roger Hull being the last one - before the organizer closed the rally. Reports from the field indicated that the Steve Gingras/Eric Carlson Eagle Talon was having all kinds of problems (broken CV joint, flat tire, fuel management), but the throwing of the four stages will give them a reprieve.


PRORALLY: Prescott Continues in Memory of Carl Merrill

Author: press Email: press@motorsport.com Date: 1998/10/03 Forums: rec.autos.sport.info more headers

Prescott Forest PRO Rally Round #8 - 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship Prescott, Arizona>

2:30 PM PDT

31. At the organizer/competitor meeting this morning, organizer Rob Cherry let the entrants know that the Merrill family urged them to run the event today. As they did in a similar meeting last night, the organizer emphasized that the competitors, workers and officials all followed the correct emergency procedures. The competitors agreed that they would run the event, and the rally schedule is being pushed back one hour. All four stages yesterday were scrubbed, but the rally did officially start yesterday, so today's first stage is #5.

32. The Merrill family said that the attending doctor described what happened to Carl as sudden cardiac arrest, and that the subsequent off-road crash was probably not a factor in his death.

33. For those who want to send cards or letters, you can address them to Barbara Merrill, Box. 896, Beach Street, Ogunquit, Maine 03907. Merrill was 62 years old.

34. The Steve Gingras/Eric Carlson Eagle Talon has been fixed overnight, and should be a full strength today.

35. There have been several co-driver changes for today. In the divisional event, Claire Marie Chizma, from Newhall, CA, will ride Neal Gaborno in a Mitsubishi Pickup, while Donna Mitchell, feeling better after being ill yesterday, will take Bill Gutzmann's place in Bobbi Whitman's 510.

36. The Garen Shrader/Doc Shrader Ford Sierra Cosworth, issued a reprieve with the four stages cancelled, were able to fix their half-shaft problems overnight (adding spacers), enabling them to start the event.

37. The Carl Merrill/Lance Smith Ford Escort Cosworth was given a ceremonial "first on the road" start this afternoon. A five-minute period silence followed for those who wanted to remember Carl and his contributions to the sport. The cars left with "Carl Merrill #3" stickers on their windshields. 36 cars started the event this afternoon.


From the Rally Press Notes:

Posted October 5, 1998:

Re: Memorial Service for Carl Merrill

I spoke with Carl Merrill's wife Barbara this morning, and the Merrill family is meeting today to determine how to handle the requests for a memorial service.

Carl did not believe in funerals, rarely attended other funerals, and asked that there not be one for him. He also requested no memorial service.

But Barbara sees the need for closure among their 500 employees, who loved Carl like a brother, and the rally community. The family will decide whether to have a sunrise gathering on the beach in Ogunquit later this week (Thursday morning is the best guess right now).

Barbara said the family will make a decision by the end of the day, and I will notify people at that time. Meanwhile, please let me know if you have any questions.

--Andy Schupack (401) 739-5677


*For those who made it this far, my apologies for "stealing" the picture at the top of the page. It came from the Norseman Resorts Racing page. Although I've taken more pix of Carl than all other drivers put together, for some reason I didn't have a good one of him in person.

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