Stricken Kitty Cat Receives the Midas Touch

Anthony Magagnoli
by Anthony Magagnoli
stricken kitty cat receives the midas touch

We, very literally, have a bit of a fluff piece for this Friday afternoon. Coming out of Frankfort, KY, a curious little kitten had mistakenly selected the rear subframe of a 2000 Honda Accord as a safe resting place. Little did she know, she was about to have a very tall tale to tell her furry friends.

Earlier this week, over a journey of several hours, the kitten rode from Lexington to Versailles to Frankfort in the undercarriage of the Honda. It wasn’t until the car’s owner was stopped at a Hardee’s restaurant that he finally heard her meowing from within the chassis. By good fortune, they were right next to Midas of Frankfort, which is owned by a fellow racer and friend, Scott Bourne. When the restaurant manager went over and asked Scott if his crew could help, they didn’t pussy foot around and got right to it.

The Midas team, along with a local Lexington fireman who had taken his car in for service, found a very shaken and exhausted (see what I did there?) gold and white kitten with her head lodged in a hole within the rear subframe. Apparently, with no boxes around to sit in, this place seemed like her next best option.

Let it not be lost on us that this gold-colored feline was in a Midas shop. Was she gold before she came in? Or was it the Midas-touch that produced her golden hue? This is what mythology and marketing dreams are made from, my friends.

Scott and his lead technician worked on dropping the rear subframe of the 20-year old Honda Accord while the fireman comforted the kitten and shielded its precious little ears. To the credit of the Honda, every bolt came loose with no issues, despite being quite rusty. The owner of the car offered to pay for the service, but Scott hissed at the thought and wouldn’t hear of it. He just wanted the cat safely out.

With the purrrty little kitten safely out of the Accord, she spent the night recovering with Scott and his family. Midas of Frankfort held a naming contest for their feline friend and posted the following results:

“We have decided on a name given to us by Max Cady. Her name will be which according to Greek Mythology, was the name of King Midas’ daughter. Even after being plagued by Midas’ curse, was brought back through the grace of Dionysus’ powers! It sounds very similar to which was an overwhelming suggestion! She will be nicknamed Mari!”

Marigold was checked out by a veterinarian and received all her updated shots and vaccinations before being offered to a new home. Her new family will be long time friends of the Bourne family and are highly successful local autocrossers. Maybe Marigold’s love of cars will find her frequenting the Central Kentucky region SCCA autocrosses later this year.

[Images: Scott Bourne]

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