by Jon & Kait’s V8s member of the Lake Hopatcong chapter
Chris Craft, Grey Marine, Chrysler, Cadillac, Palmer, the options are too many to choose. Pre-war blue, post-war blue, Grey Marine green, Fireball-red, how is one supposed to pick? Asking me to pick my favorite engine is like asking a mother who her favorite child is. BUT there is one that stands out from all the rest. An engine that holds a story unparallel to any other. The Chris Craft ‘W’.
Last March we had this beautiful engine make an appearance at the shop. She came in for her yearly run over. Every day we got to spend with her was a great day. But there was one day that my life changed forever. A day that started just like any other.
It’s March 27th, 2018, I beat Jon to the shop, I put on a pot of coffee, and organize from the previous day of hard work. Jon arrives not long after to inform me that last night she wasn’t running at her full potential. First thought, YIKES! Second thought let’s get the head off and open her up!
As she sits on the steel table in all her glory, I start to break her down. One nut at a time, sweating, worried, what in Chris Craft nation went wrong?! I get the head off, next comes the inspection, I must check every inch of every cylinder. As I go down the line, I get to the fourth cylinder. The problem was crystal clear, shiny, simple, yet so beautiful. Jon dropped to one knee and said, “I love you, and I love what we do together.
We are about to start the next chapter in our lives, and I couldn’t think of a better time or way to ask… Will you marry me?”
The problem wasn’t a problem at all. In a way that was so unique and personal to the both of us, Jon was asking me for my hand in marriage. I was overcome with pure joy. The prospect of spending the rest of my life with the person I love, doing what we love wasn’t a question that needed to be asked. YES! YES! YES!
Now when people ask how Jon proposed I tell them, “The compression was so tight Jon put in coal, and I pulled out a diamond ring.”