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A.k.a - "Debbie and Kirk’s Baby ‘Cuda".
Kirk and I attended and graduated from Cherry Hill High School, in Inkster, in 1975. We knew of each other, but neither of us believed we’d ever talked to each other during that time. In Kirk’s own words, ‘She was smart, and I was stoned!’
We actually met at our 40th class reunion in 2015 through a mutual friend who said we’d be perfect together. She was right; we were married in December, 2018. Kirk had always wanted a historic vehicle, so in May of 2017, my son Ryan found us this gorgeous 1967 Plymouth Barracuda fastback outside Bloomington, Indiana.
We brought our ‘‘Baby ‘Cuda’’ home, and over the next year, Kirk and Ryan installed a manual transmission and upgraded to a 340 engine. It was finished just in time for the 2018 Greenfield Village Motor Muster. The staff directed us to park in what turned out to be a perfect, prominent spot where car enthusiasts and others gathered around it during the annual, two-day show. We had the best time talking with all the people who complimented and took pictures of her. The best part was being awarded second place among more than a hundred 1960’s cars there. Kirk and I were so proud, but I think he was especially thrilled!
&gt; The best part was being awarded second place among more than a hundred 1960’s cars there!
Kirk and I enjoyed going to local car shows and driving the Barracuda around town until late October 2019 when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer and died a month and a half later. Sharing this Barracuda was a bright spot in our short, fantastic relationship. I know it checked off a huge bucket-list item for Kirk. And it makes me think of him and smile every time I’m riding in it. &quot;