In 1954 the Navy sponsored a Miss America parade at the Bainbridge Naval
Training Center in north eastern Maryland. The Navy had arranged for miss
America to ride in a new orange Mercury convertible from a local
Lincoln/Mercury dealer. They were informed that Miss America was sponsered
by Nash and Miss America would have to ride in a Nash. They immediately
called Harford Nash Sales in Aberdeen, Maryland and requested a car. Since
there were no convertibles available the only other sporty looking car was
Ira Wilmoth's Croton green and white Statesman Countryclub with the dark
green needle point mohair and white leather interior and dealer installed
continental kit and wire wheel covers. The parade was put on hold until the
car was washed and driven the 20 miles to the training center. The
"To Ira Wilmoth- It was a pleasure meeting you, and so
nice of you to supply the Nash at such short notice. Sincerely Evelyn Ay
Miss America 1954".
Notice the Honor Club pin on Dad's lapel.
Bob Wilmoth #1383
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