Mark VIII Club
The Eastern Regional meet of the Lincoln & Continental
Owner's Club was held September 15-19, 1999 at the
Nevele Grande at Ellenville, New York. Hurricane Floyd
put a damper on events on Thursday, but from Friday
onward is was beautiful weather. I met Roger O'Connor
there who knew me from the Mark VIII board. Roger has a
Toreador Red 1997 LSC Special Edition. The badges on the
side of the car is the same as on the Mark VII Special
Editions. I also had the pleasure of meeting Nick
Despirito, Jr. who owns a 1998 Collector's Edition in
Pearlescent White with a Prairie Tan interior. The Mark
VIII was represented by three cars at the event, but
disappointingly no first generation Mark VIII's showed
It was a great show with 138 cars representing the
Lincoln marque from 1927 to the present.
This is a picture of the Mark VIII's at the event (Nick
Despirito, Jr's car front, Roger O'Connor's car middle,
Alexander Sosiak's car rear):
Two of the Mark
VIII's at the meet had "BIRD" on their license plates.
Roger NO1 BIRD(left) had a late model Thunderbird which
he traded when he moved up to the Mark VIII, and
Alexander NIFTBIRD(right) has a 1959 Thunderbird.