Daviess County man reunited with ‘old flame’ in heartwarming reunion

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It’s been more than half a century since one Daviess County man saw his old flame.  

Last week they were reunited after being separated by thousands of miles.

It took more than ten years to track her down, a 33 hour round trip to bring her home, but created a priceless reunion. 

“Jerry always smiles but he’s got a bigger smile on now,” said Phillip Yeiser who helped reunite Jerry Basham with his old flame. 

“I got a text from a guy in Pennsylvania and I was overwhelmed I thought no way,” said Yesier. 

After 52 years, Basham has been reunited with his old flame. His roadster named ‘The Other Woman’ because when he wasn’t with his wife, Basham was with her. 

“He said would you rather me be out chasing women and she said I can compete against other women but I can’t compete against the car,” said Basham’s son Danny. 

The history between the two is endless as they drag raced throughout Kentucky and Indianapolis in the sixties with his racing partner Jimmy Yeiser, Phillip’s dad, always by his side. 

“That’s all we thought about eat sleep and breathe racing,” said Basham. 

Some things are the same, “I couldn’t believe it. Still the same fenders, same tires on it,” said Basham. Some are different, “We had it painted poppy red which is an orange.”

A reunion all thanks to Yesier who spent years searching for her and never giving up. 

“You lose all your dollars but you can’t take memories away from you. I got a million memories I’m gonna take with me,” said Basham. 

Jimmy Yesier died 40 years ago, but his son just wanted to have the piece of family history back home. 

They hope to purchase a motor similar to the original. Right now those are selling for tens of thousands of dollars.

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(This story was originally published on May 8, 2019)

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