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The Amherst High School Car Club Visits John Robison's House

This afternoon, I invited the car club from Amherst High School to my house. Last winter, one of the kids had read Look Me in the Eye, and he'd asked to come see the cars. Today, he bought some of his friends. These 10th graders told their story in words and pictures, and I thought I'd just turn their email into a blog post on this fine Tuesday evening.

My son Jack was on hand to help pull cars around, and he took the car club members for rides around South Amherst. We pulled the Corniche convertible out for the first time since last fall, and he even took a carload to the gas station. This is their story:

Arriving at John's House

Stefan looks great in the Mercedes 560SL

Isaac and Noam in the Jaguar XJS

Checking out the ex-British Army Land Rover Defender

Noah's favorite

Who wants to ride the Harley?

Checking out the Bentley Turbo R

Filling up the Rolls Royce

Jack was our chauffeur

Cruising in the Rolls

And then there were cookies

Thanks, John!


Anonymous said...

a high school kid's dream!!!

you are so generous, john. this will no doubt be an experience those kids will never forget.

Eric said...

You have wonderful toys! So glad that you also share your love of fine autos with the next generation. But your collection! Dang! My Range Rover and 71 Skylark seem pitiful in comparison. You have given me a goal, I must seek out fine wheeled pieces of art from the UK, one is not enough. Woof.

thelittlefluffycat said...

What jess said--not a hands-off museum, not pictures in a book, but the real thing, working transport, touch, smell, sound, the whole magilla. Today will definitely be something those guys remember! :)

John Elder Robison said...

I think I would have had fun, if I were a kid . . . all those cars are vehicles I have personally restored. So, yes, it was neat.

piglet said...

omg, a field trip to your house with the cars, i hope those kids know how lucky they are.

those cars are gorgeous, you probably made their entire year with this john.

i recognize that gas station it was about a mile or so from our house off of pelham road.

Michelle said...

As a fan of your book and a high school librarian, I just want to say how much I enjoyed this blog post and your willingness to share your love of cars with these kids.

Michelle (also a Facebook friend!)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much!!! I had a great time!!! I liked all of the cars and my two favorites were the Rolls Royce and the BMW!! I will remember this day for ever!!


Thomas Thomas said...

Thank you John for sharing, and especially for sharing with the kids - how cool for them to get a chance to drive a Rolls.

Your typo (he bought some of his friends) reminds me of a programmer I used to work with. I am always mixing up the words I use when I talk. I often say words I don't mean to say - with some rather humorous results. The programmer found it humorous and enjoyed telling me that I made a mistake. It proves a point to me that if you say it in the right spirit you can point out someone's mistakes and no feelings are hurt (mostly).

Anonymous said...

Thanks for having us over. I had a lot of fun!


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