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105-year-old Edythe Kirchmaier is quite a woman. Not only is she California's oldest driver – she just renewed her license this January after passing the test without incident – she has a perfect 86-year driving record without so much as a parking violation. In fact, she's been driving for so long that she learned how on a Ford Model T (how many people alive today have even driven one of those, much less learned on one?). On top of all that, Edythe is a philanthropist; she's been volunteering at Direct Relief, which provides free medications for people in need, for 40 years. You may have even seen her on TV earlier this year spreading the word.

So when Edythe's 1997 minivan began breaking down, an anonymous fan did what any completely selfless person of means would: they gifted her a brand-new 2013 Honda Civic, ensuring that Edythe can continue working for the cause she loves. Check her out on Facebook – she's the social media site's oldest registered user – and scroll down to the press release for more on this heartwarming story.
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105-Year-Old Woman Surprised With New Car from Anonymous Fan

Gift enables California's oldest driver to continue volunteering regularly at Direct Relief

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Aug. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California's oldest driver, 105-year-old Edythe Kirchmaier, received a big surprise when she was gifted a brand new car from an anonymous fan.

Kirchmaier has a perfect 86-year driving record with no accidents, parking, or moving violations. She renewed her driver's license this January after passing her test with flying colors.

The longtime Santa Barbara resident garnered international attention earlier this year with appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Access Hollywood Live in which she inspired the world to make a difference by raising awareness for her beloved charity, Direct Relief.

As the oldest registered Facebook user, Kirchmaier's 105th birthday wish was to get 105,000 people to like Direct Relief's Facebook page by lighting a candle on the world's largest virtual birthday cake that the humanitarian organization created for her.

Kirchmaier was given a brand new 2013 Honda Civic after the anonymous fan heard her 1997 minivan was having lots of break downs and needing many repairs, jeopardizing her ability to continue volunteering at Direct Relief, as she has for the past 40 years.

Driving since she was 19, Kirchmaier learned to drive on a Ford Model T.


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      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Learned to drive on a Model T.... and has a perfect driving record for the past 86 years, and just aced her driving test?!?!? She is simply amazing! And kudos to Anonymous!!!
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. Rock on, Ms. Kirchmaier, and great gesture on the donor. She drove a Model T, back when people actually drove Model Ts. Mindblowing.
      autoblogfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, awesome and inspirational.
      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      She reminds me of my 6th grade teacher. Sweet old lady, she was.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      NOBODY over the age of 65 should be driving. EVER. NOBODY.
        thomas.leopard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I agree. I have had more problems with older drivers than younger ones.
        stevenh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        or Jackie Stewart, Stirling Moss and guess that Niki Lauda needs to turn in his keys in February
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        [blocked]
        Doug Utz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Simply one of the most ignorant statements ever posted on Autoblog. Kudos to you.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Doug Utz
          You haven't seen any of his other comments, have you? They are all like that.... The worst this is that he has already reproduced, there will be more like him in the future.
        CJ_313
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I think people of a certain age should be more thoroughly tested than they are currently, and more frequently, but they certainly should be allowed the same freedom as everyone else regardless of age.
      Camaroman101
      • 1 Year Ago
      way too old to be driving on public roads
        Aussie Aspie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Camaroman101
        way too ignorant to be posting on autoblog
          cantdrive55
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Aussie Aspie
          Well he DOES drive a Camaro...ignorance tends to go hand-in-hand with mullets.
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          @Aussie Aspie
          [blocked]
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      She's probably a better driver than 99.999% of 16 year olds.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        She's probably a better driver than a lot of people in plenty of age brackets.
      pheasant601
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow 105. She doesn't look a day over 85. Lol. From the description, she deserves this car not only for her astounding age and record but for the help she provides others. Absolutely awesome.
      bookemd
      • 1 Year Ago
      An amazing and funny woman. Saw her on Leno once and she has quite the sense of humor and very with pop culture, considering her age. Bravo to the donor, and keep on driving Ms. Kirchmaier. Great Story. Its amazing, without reading the info, she looks not much older than 80!
      Vien Huynh
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope she will have a healthy body years to come.
      antacid
      • 1 Year Ago
      this has bad idea written all over it
        Firefly
        • 1 Year Ago
        @antacid
        I'm sure someone said the same thing about your parents desire to conceive...and look what we got out of the deal...
      avconsumer2
      • 1 Year Ago
      To see the things she's seen. You go Edythe.
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