As the public affairs manager for Ford Motor Company, Edgy (Edgill to be accurate) Fabris was closely involved in Eric Jackson’s marathon drives.
Edgy Fabris was a colonial ‘Colonel Blimp’ – a very nice friendly guy. He had been brought up in one of our far-flung parts of the British Empire.
This is written on a note attached to a letter, written on Ford notepaper, to Eric from Edgy dated 2 June 1967 – very soon afer his ordeal in the Congo when he and his party of media men were arrested by the Congolese army.
You will see that this letter was sent quite soon after the unfortunate bunch was beaten up and seriously abused. Some of them were badly affected for a long time. The Congolese army were not noted for their finesse. Edgy was the oldest man in the bunch! Yet he says he is off to Le Mans – the old bugger must have been a tough old bird, eh?
The last paragraph of Edgy’s letter certainly reveals something of his character. It reads:
As you know,I’m off to Le Mans next week and I hope to have the opportunity of seeing you when I return so we can reminisce about our last little effort.
“Little effort” - how very British!