As posted by Andy Schupack to the Rally-L list
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 17:06:22 -0500
Thank You From The Carl Merrill Family
(read to the Michelin PRO Rally Championship awards banquet
audience on October 24 in Houghton, Michigan, by Henry Joy)
We wanted to write this note to the "Rally Circuit" to
personally thank you all for all the love and support you
have shown our family over the past three weeks. Your words
of deep-felt sympathy and stories about Carl have been
comforting, heart-warming, and sometimes quite humorous. We
knew Carl loved to race, but, quite honestly, we have been
blown away by the number of cards, flowers and donations made
to the Carl Merrill Children's Foundation by the rally
Carl's love and passion for rally racing was beyond words.
Even though he hated like hell to lose to any of you, the
relationships and camaraderie he had with you were more
important than winning (even though he would have never
admitted to that). This has been very apparent in reading
some of the letters and cards that you all have written over
the past couple of weeks.
A very special thanks to those who administered to Carl in
Prescott. By doing so, you made it possible for me to spend
precious time with him before he left us for good. I
appreciated the personal notes describing the play by play of
events that Friday. Trying to understand any of this has
been impossible and real difficult for all of us, but know
that we will all get through this in time. Each one of us
will have our own special Carl Merrill story; we encourage
you to share them with each other, not only today, or in the
next few weeks, but for the rest of our lives.
Thanks to those who attended the sunrise service in Ogunquit,
though Carl would have been laughing at all of us standing
out in the pouring rain. It was nice to have you there; it
meant a lot to us.
So, to all of you....drive fast; don't speed between stages;
tease each other unmercifully; and have as much fun at life
as Carl did.