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A Florida’s woman’s eyesight gave out before his faithful car did. Rachel Vetch bought the 1964 Mercury Caliente brand new. At the time, gasoline was 34 cents a gallon, and Lyndon Johnson was president of the United States. After running a red light in March 2012, Vetch said she realized she could no longer safely drive the car that now has 576,000 miles on it. The vehicle will appear in an antique car show in Wisconsin, but after that, the car’s future remains uncertain. Vetch says no one in her family would take care of it as she does, so she will not give it to them. She says she would rather see it go to someone who would appreciate it, and she would consider selling it to talk show host Jay Leno if he was interested.

Every time, she bought gas, Vetch wrote down the date, the mileage, and calculated the miles per gallon. In the half century she has owned the Mercury, it has gone through 18 batteries, eight mufflers, three sets of shocks, and numerous oil changes. The car she named “Chariot” survived a rear end collision in 1980. In the meantime, Vetch has gone through three husbands, and has 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. She says she is taking the end of her time with the faithful vehicle in stride, adding, “A lot of people are worse off than I am. I don’t have cancer, I don’t have Lou Gehrig’s disease, I am lucky.”

--Florida woman, 93, reaches end of the road after 576,000 miles in her 1964 Mercury,

--http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/02/florida-woman-3-reaches-end-road-after-576000-miles-in-same-car ; April 2, 2012, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

1 Corinthians 15:58 (GW) So, then, brothers and sisters, don't let anyone move you off the foundation {of your faith}. Always excel in the work you do for the Lord. You know that the hard work you do for the Lord is not pointless.

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