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Posted 10 April 2018 - 12:16 PM

My local old car friend, Steve Cripps, has started a GoFundMe page for the benefit of Chasing Classic Cars' personable and curmudgeonly-lovable mechanic, Roger Barr. Here's Steve's appeal:
 
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"Probably like you, my wife and I became big fans of Roger Barr after seeing him on 'Chasing Classic Cars.' 

Several years ago I wrote a fan letter to Roger with a request that someone take a video of him wishing my wife a happy birthday... and it happened! Much, much better than a Hallmark card and the greeting was a four-minute vignette of vintage Roger. Great stuff!
 
A year later my wife and I met him for the first time and were more than impressed that he instantly knew who we were and cited specific details as proof! Roger’s brilliance, wit, and Yankee humor were even more evident as we spoke. We already knew he was a great character, and after our brief chat we knew that he was even much more colorful in person than his appearances on TV suggest.

Roger was injured while working at F40 Motorsports last summer and was subsequently hospitalized with an infection. Recently, he has been hospitalized again due to a continuing infection. He missed a month of work last autumn and has recently been unable to work. For whatever reason, he has not been reimbursed through Workers’ Compensation. Without going into personal details about the health of his wife Sally or his and their financial status, let’s just say that weeks without income and their mounting medical bills have taken their toll. Roger, while being a proud eighty-one year young man, has not asked anyone for help but would certainly seem to be in need of it.

It’s easy for all us to enjoy being entertained by Roger’s moments on TV and we’d bet that fans often want to reach out to him to say, “Thanks for the entertainment!” So, here’s our chance.

 
Roger Barr is a semi-retired mechanic working and trying to keep afloat; he doesn’t benefit from the sales of million-dollar exotics or have an income from a TV series. He just earns an income as an employee, working four hours a day, three days a week without benefits - unless he’s confined to a hospital bed or told to stay at home by a doctor.

Once again, here’s your chance! We hope that you can reach out to say thanks to him by making a contribution. That’ll bring a smile to his face!

 
(This fund is not a scam, it’s approved by Roger’s wife and son – see  Roger Barr’s Facebook page for their comments.)  
 
Here’s the link for you to use: Friends of Roger Barr"
 
If anyone has any questions for Steve about this effort, please contact me for his phone number. I've made a small donation and wish I could do a lot more.
 
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