"Family is pleased and proud of the coverage"

Thanks for the excellent writeup on the Normandin 125th anniversary in Steve Finlay's May column. I like the way you dealt with the story, and I know the Normandin family is pleased and proud of the coverage in Ward's Dealer Business.

Bob Neubert Robert Neubert Associates Monterey, CA

Indiana dealership's roots date to 1847!

I read with interest your article on Normandin Chrysler Plymouth Jeep in San Jose, CA. Our congratulations on their longevity. We believe that we may be the oldest family owned transportation company. Our founder, Wesley Hare, began a buggy and wagon business in 1847.

In 1912 our company, W. Hare & Son, Inc. began selling Cadillacs, Hupmobiles, Overlands and Studebakers. We contracted with Chevrolet for our Chevrolet franchise in 1921. In 1992 we added Oldsmobile.

In 1997 we celebrated our 150th anniversary. We moved into a new facility a year ago and have a 92-foot mural depicting our history and one of our buggies from 1879 suspended from our showroom ceiling. My daughter Courtney, our used-car manager, is now the sixth generation descendent of Wesley Hare to enter the business. My husband Dave Cox is the current dealer as my father, Jack Hare was the last of the Hare men in the business.

Jackie Hare Cox Hare Chevrolet Oldsmobile Noblesville, IN

Should have been No. 93 on Top 100 list

Please be aware that March/Hodge Holdings' dealerships had 1999 sales of $255 million with sales in six states.

Please notify us next year when you collect your Megadealers 100 data.

Tony March co-CEO March/Hodge Hartford, CT