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just another old phart
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This was posted on Rally-L. Those of us who rallied back in the 70's will never dispute that Vicki was definitely the better looking half of one of the first superstar teams along with John.

Kent Gardam

From the Burlington Free Press:

Upjohn Gauntlett Buffum died Oct. 1, 2002, in Fletcher Allen Health
Care after a long illness. She was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., on July
27, 1944, the daughter of Jack C. Gauntlett and Barbara (DeLano)
Gauntlett. She attended the Leelanau School in Leelanau, Mich., and
Green Mountain College in Poultney. In 1965, she married John Buffum,
and they lived briefly in Germany and returned to make their
permanent home in Vermont. Together they won 25 professional rally
car-race championships. She retired from car racing to be a full-time
mother to her daughter, Courtney. Later, as a small business owner,
she purchased the Cheese Outlet, which she helped transform into
Burlington's Fresh Market. Over the years, Victoria was an active
community member and served as a board member and on several
committees of Trinity College of Vermont, the Flynn Theatre, the
Vermont Folklife Center and the Shelburne Museum. In addition to her
generous philanthropic support was her passion for the mission of the
organizations she chose to serve. The lifelong influence of her
grandmother, Dorothy Dalton, was Vicki's inspiration behind her
commitment to the community and helping individuals in need. Victoria
is survived by her daughter, Courtney Elizabeth Buffum, the love and
light of her life for 35 years. She was preceded in death by her
sister, Patricia Gauntlett Maloney. She is also survived by her
brothers, Roger Gauntlett of St. Joseph, Mich., and Thomas Gauntlett
of Kalamazoo; her sisters, Eleanor Gauntlett Wicks of Westport,
Mass., and Suwanna Gauntlett of Berkeley, Calif..; her aunt, Suzanne
DeLano Parish; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Flynn, the
Shelburne Museum, or the Vermont Folklife Center. There will be a
private graveside service. Monday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., there
will be a celebration of her life at the Brick House at Southern
Acres of Shelburne Farms. Please call the Shelburne Museum, (802)
9853346, for directions. Arrangements are by the Shelburne Funeral
Chapel of Corbin and Palmer, 209 Falls Road, Shelburne.
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