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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.

 

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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 ReWind

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 18:00

In order to keep anyone who is interested up to date

Most recent entries (last 30 days):
Michel Maisonneuve (July 2014), Gianni Lancia, Jim Bamber, Paul England, Bud Eastin, Ray Fox, Enzo Pastor, Brian McLoughlin, Ross Greenville, Vladimir Glurdzhidze, Ed Dimock (June 2014), Wilhelm Karl Geiß, Owen Sullender, Junior Spencer (April 2014), Chuck Tontz (March 2014), „Tambauto“ = Giuseppe Tambone (February 2014), Jim Parsley, Ed Richardville (January 2014), Juan Vicente Guerra (July 2013), Pedro Fins, Vaclav Grokhovskiy, Miguel Ángel Castro (June 2013), Jeff Gibson (September 2012), Dick Jerrett Jr. (July 2012), Bob Attrell (September 2010), Ernie Lowe (March 2010), Eddie Kingsley (January 2010), Tony Bodley (December 2009), Barry Cann (August 2009), Jim Muldoon (July 2009), Bud Johnson (April 2009), Emmanuil Lifshits (July 2008), Franco Bertani (October 2006), Hans Rüütel (July 2006)

Previous new entries:
Junie Donlavey, John Bishop, Ed Negre (June 2014), Hoss Ellington, Bill Smith, Ray DeWitt, Shinichi Yamaji, Barrie Maskell, Sébastien Milan, Joe Hauser, René Bellu, Jack Brabham, Jay East, Brian Jones, Gig Stephens, Maxim Travin, Michel Fabre, A.J. Watson, George Behlman, Danny Field, Wilbur Rakestraw, Pierre Noblet, Lyn Archer, Yves Junne, Al Pease, Tony Settember, Colin Pool, Nigel Stepney, Nigel Vaulkhard (May 2014), Don Wilson, Oliver Clubine, Garry Whyte, Don Whitehead, Al Fleming, Dan Gaudiosi (April 2014), Irene Venditti, Brian Dunstan, Donnie Tilford, Lee Havens, E.J. Dolner (March 2014), Víctor Jiménez, Clay Young (February 2014)



#57 Mekola

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 20:06

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



#58 fbarrett

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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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#59 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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#60 raceannouncer2003

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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.



#61 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.

 

RIP.