Date: Sun, 04 Oct 1998 14:33:24
Subject: We've lost a great friend... Mime-Version: 1.0
Sunday, October 4, 1998 10:30am
To everyone involved in hillclimbing and rallying...
A great Friend, competitor and champion of our sport has passed away.
According to Brian Webster, a cameraman filming the Prescott Forest Pro Rally for ESPN-2, Carl Merrill of Ogunquit, Maine passed away this past Friday evening, October 2, 1998, while competing in the Prescott Forest SCCA Pro Rally in Arizona. Competing in the event with Lance Smith, his friend and co-driver, Brian Webster reported that Carl suffered a fatal heart attack which caused the vehicle to go off course and into a tree during the first stage of the SCCA event.
Although Carl was resucitated by medical personnel and transported, he passed away shortly afterwards. A meeting was held after the announcement of Carls death to determine whether or not the Pro Rally should continue and a decision was made to continue the event, as that's what Carl would have wanted. It was also stated that the accident had nothing to do with the heart attack Carl suffered.
Over the years, Carl has given alot to the sport of rallying as well as hillclimbing. He will surely be missed by everyone involved - competitors, organizers, media and workers. As far as the Audi-Mt. Washington Hillclimb is concerned, Carl has been a very strong supporter of the event since it was brought back in 1990. Next year would have been his tenth year at the event. All of us here at Mt. Washington will surely miss Carl a great deal and wish his family well over the coming months as they work through their loss.
As soon as details become available regarding arrangements for his funeral, I'll be sure to pass them on to everyone. Although Carl is no longer with us, we can all take solice in the fact that he died while participating in a sport he truly loved - motorsports. I guess you could say because of this, he won the last stage.
Rest easy Carl.
Paul Giblin Director, Marketing & Special Events, Mt. Washington Auto Road & Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center