Classic American

CLASSIC AMERICAN PEOPLE TOM FALCONER OF CLAREMONT CORVETTE

Classic American: “I understand you were an architectural student studying in Newcastle, how did you end up in America?”

Tom Falconer: “I was offered asummer job to work and study there when I left school in 1965. Back then, it was rare to visit the USA. I stayed in Atlanta and my boss found me a room at his old fraternity house at Georgia Tech. If you’ve ever seen the film Animal House, that’s precisely what it was like. The Frat President had a black 1962 Corvette, while my roommate rode a Harley Sportster. My boss let me drive his brand new 289cu in Mustang notchback while he was away. I returned to the UK in love with American cars, bikes, beer and women –and maybe not in that order.”

CA: “What was the first car you owned?”

“A 1952 Morris Minor convertible. Ipaid £90 for it one winter and sold it for £200 to

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