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#51 Haine Kane

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 19:55

Sad news : Shinichi YAMAJI passed away 26 may 2014 at hospital.

 

RIP



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#52 Jim Thurman

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 19:20

Some passings from the Western U.S.:

 

Ed Dimock, who raced sprint cars in northern California and the Western U.S., passed away June 5 at age 80.

Jay East, 86, passed away May 19.  A popular and well-liked racer, East raced in jalopies, following the evolution into super modifieds and on to sprint cars. East won 7 or 8 CRA sprint car features (there is conflicting information).

Bud Eastin, 76, died June 16. Eastin raced in Utah from 1961 through 1970, notably at Salt Lake City Fairgrounds Speedway.

Ed Negre, 86, who raced stock cars from his Washington state roots, on to the Midwest and NASCAR's top circuit, passed away on June 4.  He made 338 starts in NASCAR's top series from 1955 through 1979, competing regularly in the series from 1967 through 1979 as an owner-driver.  Negre sometimes let others drive his car, including a young Dale Earnhardt, who made his first career start in NASCAR's top series in Negre's car.  More on Ed Negre can be found in this article.

"Cap" Pidgeon raced stock cars on Southern California tracks from the 70s through 2000s, particularly at Ascot Park.

Owen Sullender, 85, passed away April 16.  Sullender raced midgets in the Western U.S. in the 1960s.

Chuck Tontz, 90, passed away March 28. Tontz raced midgets and sprint cars in the Western U.S., most notably in the Pacific Northwest in the 50s and 60s. Tontz was the 1961 Oregon Midget Racing Association champion.



#53 Michael Ferner

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 22:43

Re: Jay East, I have eight CRA wins for him. I am guessing the conflict stems from the fact that Bob East started winning before Jay was through with it, and so his last win may have been "misplaced"    ;)



#54 Jim Thurman

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 23:24

Re: Jay East, I have eight CRA wins for him. I am guessing the conflict stems from the fact that Bob East started winning before Jay was through with it, and so his last win may have been "misplaced"     ;)

 

Thanks Michael.  I wasn't able to dig through all my material, which would have answered it conclusively, but I leaned to 8 because I considered the source more likely to be accurate.

 

Jay East was extremely well-liked by his fellow drivers, who considered him a fair and clean racer. He was a decent, capable driver quite late in his career, which came to an end after a 1980 flip at Ascot left him with eye damage that sadly, deteriorated over the rest of his life. On a personal note, Jay East was racing CAR super modifieds when I first started attending races. RIP Jay.



#55 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 00:43

Brian McLoughlin, 86, Date of passing: June 11, 2014, Vancouver, BC...raced Formula Vee, Formula Ford, and Formula Atlantic in the 70s and 80s.  More info here:

 

http://www.forevermi...ghlin-qc/#about

 

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#56 Mekola

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 20:06

Lucas Dionisi, former Argentine F. Renault driver passed away some days ago. :(



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 22:49

Grady Clay passed away June 7th, 2014. The proprietor of Rennenhaus, a Porsche repair and tuning shop in Denver, Colorado, USA, he competed in SCCA racing during the 1970s and 1980s in a Formula Vee, a Porsche RS60, and a Porsche 914/6, never having a DNF. In 1982 he ran the following pro races:

 

1/31/82: 24 Hours of Daytona, Car 72, Porsche 911 Carrera RSR; co-drivers Jean Kjoller, Bob Nikel; entrant Carrera Motorsport; no qualifying time, gridded 66th, finished 22nd

3/20/82: 12 Hours of Sebring, Car 9, Porsche 935 K3/80 #00030; co-drivers Ray Ratcliff, Skeeter McKitterick; entrant Garretson Development; qualified 9th, finished 7th

4/25/82: Six Hours of Riverside, Car 9, Porsche 935 K3/80 #00030; co-driver Ray Ratcliff; entrant Garretson Development; qualified 14th, finished 5th

5/16/82: 500 Km Charlotte, Car 9, Porsche 935 K3/80 #00030; co-driver Ray Ratcliff; entrant Garretson Development; qualified 6th, finished 4th


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#58 Claudio Navonne

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 23:02

ORLANDO SOTRO :former F1 Argentina driver died July 15th.

http://www.campeones...ex.vnc?id=33750



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Posted 17 July 2014 - 05:39

Long-time Trans Am racer Loren St. Lawrence has passed away at age 74.  More info at these two links:

 

http://www.legacy.co...x?pid=171695400

 

http://www.racingspo...wrence-USA.html

 

Vince H.



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#60 Michael Ferner

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 16:11

We have lost Sprint Car legend Jerry Blundy (http://obituaries.ga...y&pid=171738025&), a two-time IMCA champion, two-time Knoxville Speedway track champion (during Super Modifieds years), and champion of the Mississippi Valley and Mid States Racing Associations way back in the early fifties. I have a total of 40 IMCA Sprint Car wins between 1957 and '72, and many more all over the Midwest in a career spanning fully three decades - beginning with a win July 1 in 1951 at Peoria/IL, and still going strong with a second to Mike Brooks at Knoxville on July 14, 1979! Probably best known for his three successive wins on the California State Fairgrounds mile track in Sacramento, 1968 - '70, beating all the local hot shoes as well as the fellow Eastern "invaders". Tried USAC (best finish 6th at Alabama State Fairgrounds in '59 and again at IRP in '61) and WoO (15th at Knoxville April '79), but remained a true "outlaw" most of his career.

 

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#61 ReWind

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 15:19

@ Jim Thurman: I cannot find a birth date for Donnie Tilford. And I cannot find exact dates (DOB, DOD) for Cap Pidgeon.

Do you know more?



#62 Jim Thurman

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 20:24

@ Jim Thurman: I cannot find a birth date for Donnie Tilford. And I cannot find exact dates (DOB, DOD) for Cap Pidgeon.

Do you know more?

 

Reinhard, no...I am sorry, the links I provided are all I have.  Obituaries are getting to the point where they don't always include dates.



#63 ReWind

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 11:30

It seems Donnie Tilford's full name was not Donald Eugene Tilford, Jr., but Donald Gene Tilford.

As such the California Birth Record Index gives his birth date as 1 May 1955.



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Posted 09 August 2014 - 17:30

In order to keep anyone who is interested up to date

 

Most recent entries (last 30 days):

Dieter Lamm, Layman Ray Utsman, Michael George Smith (August 2014), Daniel Archibald Carmichael Jr., Daniel Wachoru, William Joseph Gardner, Denis Patrick Welch, Jordan Milarov, Paul R. Kuhl Sr., James Scott Bumgarner, Dr. John William Melvin, Jean Panhard, Orlando Blas Sotro, Gerald W. Blundy, Kurt Buess, Gary Scott Lee, Leigh Rodney Vine, John Cummins, Werner Hirschvogel, Loren St. Lawrence, Lucas Rolando Dionisi, Ingo Koschmieder, John O. Gammell (July 2014), Grady Edward Clay III (June 2014), Alfred John Mezzomo, Bernard Pépiot, Kenneth George Danko (May 2014), Leslie „Bunny“ Jeboult (March 2014), Frank George Townsend (February 2014), Marshall E. Harless (November 2013), Rochel Alford „Junior“ Ingram, Bert de Jong, Ángel Manuel „Nono“ Domínguez Quijada, Stephanie Eggum (August 2013), Patrick Kiernan, Robert Johansson (July 2013), Pierre Landereau (August 2011), James Arthur Hunter, Manfred Gudladt (July 2010), Phillip Francis Wertz (December 2008), Laurent Boileau, Frédéric Passetemps, Felicity Susan St. Clare „Flip“ Golding (July 2007)

 

Previous new entries:

Michel Maisonneuve (July 2014), Gianni Lancia, James Dennis Bamber, Paul Thomas England, George Vernon „Bud“ Eastin, Raymond Lee Fox Sr., Ferdinand „Enzo“ Pastor, Brian William Ferriman McLoughlin, Ross Henry Greenville, Vladimir Karamanovich Glurdzhidze, Edmund Thomas Dimock (June 2014), Wilhelm Karl Geiß, Owen Curtis Sullender, Henry „Junior“ Spencer (April 2014), Charles Eugene Tontz (March 2014), „Tambauto“ = Giuseppe Tambone (February 2014), James Roger Parsley, Harry Edwin Richardville (January 2014)



#65 Haine Kane

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 12:44

Today, Martino FINOTTO leave us ...

 

RIP


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#66 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 21:28

Sad news indeed.

I recently interviewed his friend and co-driver for some years, Ruggero Melgrati, who had this to say about Finotto when I asked him what made him a good co-driver;

 

 

Most of your co-drives have been with Martino Finotto. What makes him such a good co-driver? Is he the best you've had, or do you have any other favourites?

I met Finotto when he was already 53. Everybody was considering him a gentleman driver, a rich man who was addicted to women, but not a top driver.

Well, in truth, he started racing at 37, and at 40 he raced at the old Silverstone circuit in Touring Cars with a BMW, got pole, and then won the race. So, he had talent.

Well, for me, he was “the perfect one” to share a sports car with: experienced, reliable and with a “chronographerpace” in long-distance races. He was also very intelligent, strong with maths and a very good strategist. Also, although it doesn’t affect his driving he’s a wonderful chef, cooking Italian food with style and taste!

Other good mates I drove with were definitely Carlo Facetti and Chip Robinson

 

 

 



#67 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 20:22

Sadly F3 race winner, Jurg Dubler died last month, after a long battle with dementia - . http://www.f3historic.com/



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 20:49

Sadly F3 race winner, Jurg Dubler died last month, after a long battle with dementia - . http://www.f3historic.com/

Sorry to see this, as I am sure we all are.

 

But what a website you have pointed us to, Richie. The infamous Crystal Palace Hunt/Morgan shunt and Hunt in a Martini, plus many more incredible images.

 

No disrespect intended to poor Jurg.  God rest his soul.



#69 Jim Thurman

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 16:00

An obituary I stumbled across from late 2012:

 

"Bucky" Stoner , 72, died Christmas night 2012 in Montclair, California. Stoner's father was involved in racing in Southern California as a driver, car owner and official covering jalopies, hot rods and super modifieds. Stoner raced super modifieds with CAR in the early to mid-60s and briefly raced stock cars on the local NASCAR circuit after the supers faded away in Southern California in 1968.


Edited by Jim Thurman, 21 August 2014 - 16:01.


#70 ReWind

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 18:22

Is Christmas night the same as Christmas Eve, i.e. December 24?



#71 Jim Thurman

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 00:49

Is Christmas night the same as Christmas Eve, i.e. December 24?

 

I think it means December 25, but without additional information to confirm, I can't be certain.



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Posted 27 August 2014 - 02:20

Hugh "Hughie" MacLean Kiama NSW

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 17:22

In another forum I read that Ronnie Fielding and Roy Capell died this summer. Has anyone details about those passings?



#74 Jim Thurman

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 19:10

Dave Fitzgerald, 57, died in a plane crash in Idaho on August 5. Utah's Fitzgerald raced super modifieds with great success, winning the 1985 and 1986 USAC Utah Super Modified championship and won three races in the 1986 USAC National Super Modified series. USAC announcement at their website.

 

Ron Horton, 66, died August 22. Beginning in the unique sportsman class at Antioch Speedway, Horton and his brother Rick moved on to NARC sprint cars where both had great success. Ron won 16 NARC feature races and finished in the top 10 in points from 1975 through 1978 and 1980 through 1983 as well as 1985, with a best ranking of second in points coming in 1975 and 1985.  He would finish third in points in 1977 and 1978 and fourth in 1980.  He was particularly strong on the dirt at Calistoga, winning 7 times, and the pavement at Altamont, where he won 6 times. He also scored feature wins at Dixon, Petaluma and Chico.

 

EDIT: Thanks to Michael Ferner for filling in additional and later details on Ron Horton's career.


Edited by Jim Thurman, 29 August 2014 - 21:47.


#75 Michael Ferner

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 22:19

I have 16 NARC wins for Ron Horton:

1974 5-5 Sun - NARC ? Calistoga
1975 4-13 Sun - NARC 2 Altamont
1975 4-20 Sun - NARC 3 Altamont
1975 5-18 Sun - NARC 5 Altamont
1977 7-17 Sun - NARC 17 Altamont
1977 7-31 Sun - NARC 19 Altamont
1977 8-21 Sun - NARC 22 Altamont
1978 5-27 Sat - NARC 8 Calistoga
1978 9-3 Sun - NARC 25 Calistoga
1980 9-20 Sat - NARC 14 Calistoga
1981 6-27 Sat - NARC 11 Dixon
1981 9-5 Sat - NARC 24 Calistoga
1982 8-20 Fri - NARC 27 Petaluma
1983 9-4 Sun - NARC 23 Calistoga
1985 8-10 Sat - NARC 21 Calistoga
1986 4-5 Sat - NARC 1 Silver Dollar

And he was also second in points in 1985, and fourth in '83, but I don't have him in the top ten for '79 (his brother was second that year).

#76 Jim Thurman

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Posted 29 August 2014 - 16:06

I have 16 NARC wins for Ron Horton:

1974 5-5 Sun - NARC ? Calistoga
1975 4-13 Sun - NARC 2 Altamont
1975 4-20 Sun - NARC 3 Altamont
1975 5-18 Sun - NARC 5 Altamont
1977 7-17 Sun - NARC 17 Altamont
1977 7-31 Sun - NARC 19 Altamont
1977 8-21 Sun - NARC 22 Altamont
1978 5-27 Sat - NARC 8 Calistoga
1978 9-3 Sun - NARC 25 Calistoga
1980 9-20 Sat - NARC 14 Calistoga
1981 6-27 Sat - NARC 11 Dixon
1981 9-5 Sat - NARC 24 Calistoga
1982 8-20 Fri - NARC 27 Petaluma
1983 9-4 Sun - NARC 23 Calistoga
1985 8-10 Sat - NARC 21 Calistoga
1986 4-5 Sat - NARC 1 Silver Dollar

And he was also second in points in 1985, and fourth in '83, but I don't have him in the top ten for '79 (his brother was second that year).

 

Michael, thanks for the details.  At the moment, I don't even have access to my collection of racing papers.  Living in the Bay Area during much of that time, I remembered Ron Horton as one of the area's top sprint car racers.  Quite an impressive record when one sees it all in one place.



#77 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 22:13

Whilst researching Don Beauman in more detail, I've found that his entrant and sometime sportscar driver, Sir Jeremy Boles, died in February, aged 82 - http://www.somersetc...R_JEREMY_BOLES/