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Oldest Driver in Quebec Hangs Up His Keys

December 30, 1987|Associated Press

KNOWLTON, Canada — Having sold his 1974 Plymouth to a neighbor for $154, centenarian William Pettes, the oldest driver in Quebec, is hanging up his keys after a spotless six decades on the road.

"I'd rather quit while I'm ahead," said Pettes, who celebrated his 102nd birthday on Dec. 28.

Starting with a 1927 four-cylinder roadster, Pettes said he chalked up "an unbelievable number" of miles on Canadian and U.S. roads without even a fender-bender or parking ticket.

"I've fallen from a tree, but I've never had a car accident," said the former railway engineer, who attributed his long life to a moderate diet calling for no lunch.

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