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died     name                      (nat)  age        born    major achievement
2015

Jan 03   Axel Spengler             (Ger)   62    03/01/53
Jan 03   Tibor Széles              (Hun)   90    24/11/24

Jan 04   John Hochmiller           (USA)   84    06/10/30

Jan 04   Ron Vinje                 (USA)   81    03/02/33

Jan 05   Jean-Pierre Beltoise      (Fra)   77    26/04/37    1972 GP Monaco winner
Jan 05   George Daszkowski         (Can)   66    22/01/48
Jan 05   Frank Ferrara             (USA)   82    05/06/32

Jan 06   Gordy Stewart             (USA)   77    06/04/37

Jan 07   Dusty Jones               (USA)   90    31/03/24
Jan 07   Sergey Lubchenko          (Rus)   44    10/02/70

Jan 07   Don Seay                  (USA)   71    14/01/43

Jan 09   Klaus Fritzinger          (Ger)   78    08/01/37
Jan 13   Ed Doebler                (USA)   62    17/03/52
Jan 13   John Weinthal             (Aus)   74    03/03/40
Jan 15   Manfredo Lippmann         (Gua)   88    28/12/26
Jan 18   Helmut Bross              (Ger)   75    05/05/39
Jan 18   Tom Clarke                (GBr)  103    23/01/11
Jan 19   Robert Manzon             (Fra)   97    12/04/17
Jan 20   Cam Forbes                (GBr)   51    31/10/63
Jan 20   Junior Knepper            (USA)   80    22/03/34
Jan 21   Jean-Jacques Poch         (Fra)   70    28/03/44
Jan 24   Pat Carvath               (GBr)   78    18/06/36
Jan 25   Ronald Barker             (GBr)   94       04/20
Jan 25   Rob Worboys               (Aus) c.75

Jan 26   Bob Coulter               (USA)   82    06/11/32

Jan 28   Zdzisław Kałuża           (Pol)   82    10/03/32
Jan 29   Armin Hostetter           (USA)   87    08/09/27    Trail-Way Speedway founder
Jan 29   Tommy Sutcliffe           (USA)   81    05/12/33
Jan 29   Howard Thomas             (USA)   85    11/01/30

Jan 30   John Mausa                (USA)   91    10/03/23

Jan 30   Patrick Wilda Jr.         (USA)   33    01/11/81
Jan 31   Esther Lyon               (USA)   80    27/03/34
 
2015

Feb 01   Evans Norris              (USA)   76    04/02/38
Feb 04   Doug Magnon               (USA)   55    14/12/59    Riverside Int’l Automotive Museum

Feb 05   Allan Dalby               (Can)   92    24/12/22

Feb 06   Bobby Burger              (USA)   74    26/11/40

Feb 07   Peca Milićević            (Srb)   61    30/10/53

Feb 10   Skip Turyonas             (USA)   58    26/06/56

Feb 11   Ed McVay                  (USA)   92    21/12/22
Feb 12   Jacques Foulon            (Fra) c.83
Feb 13   Roy Kennedy               (GBr)   77    26/03/37
Feb 13   Don Shepherd              (USA)   80    16/04/34

Feb 14   Jackie Hamilton           (USA)   80    23/03/34

Feb 15   Piero Mancini             (Ita) c.68                Motori Moderni founder

Feb 17   Ricky Taylor              (USA)   69    25/01/46

Feb 19   Thee Dixon                (USA)   76    30/10/38    Mansion Racing team owner
Feb 19   Gérard Ducarouge          (Fra)   73    23/10/41

Feb 20   Paul Deasey               (USA)   87    27/09/27

Feb 20   Yutaka Katayama           (Jpn)  105    15/09/09    „father“ of the Datsun 240Z 

Feb 21   Lawrence Bruce            (NZl) c.66   

Feb 23   Mike Colabucci            (USA)   52    16/12/62

Feb 25   Dennis Ortenburger        (USA)   71    31/03/43

Feb 26   Boris Borisov             (Bul)   39    05/09/75

Feb 26   Sue Hindmarsh             (GBr)   82        1932

Feb 28   Gerd Baroth               (Ger)   78    05/10/36

Feb ??   Harry Mendel              (Aus)   66    07/09/48

 

2015

Mar 02   Leo Geoghegan             (Aus)   78    16/05/36

Mar 02   Jem Marsh                 (GBr)   84    15/04/30    Marcos co-founder

Mar 03   Claude Parpex             (Fra)   66    21/11/48

Mar 04   Brian Hilderbrand         (USA)   55    10/11/59

Mar 04   Jürgen Möhle              (Ger)   75    10/08/39

Mar 05   Davis Laitano             (CRc)

Mar 06   Red Coffin                (USA)   75    20/08/39

Mar 06   Jack Goodwin              (USA)   85    27/05/29

Mar 07   Jack Elden                (USA)   82    07/09/32

Mar 07   Mike Tighe                (Aus)   77    27/06/37

Mar 08   Pete Fortune              (GBr)   56    28/09/58

Mar 09   Ron Lemasters Sr.         (USA)   76    02/11/38

Mar 11   Philip Young              (GBr)   66    21/09/48

Mar 12   Larry Bowers              (USA)   81    31/10/33

Mar 12   Ron Daggett               (USA)   74    19/07/40

Mar 12   Jim Seip                  (USA)   70    27/08/44

Mar 13   Randy Fiscus              (USA)   51    10/05/63

Mar 14   José Lumbreras            (Esp) c.31

Mar 14   Walter Nawotka            (Ger)   54    10/06/60

Mar 14   Bill Wright               (USA)   77    21/04/37

Mar 18   Armando Bergamini         (Arg)   90    10/11/24

Mar 18   Dennis Stephenson         (USA)   75    25/10/39

Mar 19   Wendell Chambers          (USA)   70    21/08/44

Mar 19   Eugene Hall               (USA)   90    12/07/24

Mar 19   Dick Harvey               (GBr) c.71        1943

Mar 19   Dick Irish                (USA)   84    24/07/30

Mar 23   Earl Baltes               (USA)   93    27/04/21    Eldora Speedway founder

Mar 23   Doug Graham               (GBr) c.85        1930

Mar 23   Tom Slattery              (Aus)   84    25/07/30

Mar 26   Dick Dunn                 (USA)   77    19/07/37

Mar 26   Tsvetomira Georgieva      (Bul)   33    06/07/81

Mar 28   Marie Laurent             (Fra) c.70        1944

Mar 30   Buddy Bardwell            (USA)   90    04/07/24

Mar 30   Jeroen van der Ploeg      (Ned)   64    22/02/51

Mar ??   Aleksandr Sorokin         (Lat)

 

2015

Apr 02   Manoel de Oliveira        (Por)  106    12/12/08

Apr 06   Bill Earnest              (USA)   89    10/04/25

Apr 07   Christian Carron          (Sui) c.67        1947

Apr 08   Victor Baldescu           (Rom)   62    13/10/52

Apr 10   Dick Quallio              (USA)   79    01/12/35

Apr 11   Karel Holaň               (Cze)   58    27/03/57

Apr 12   Gary Terry                (USA)   36    16/06/78

Apr 12   Bob Trotter               (GBr)   67    23/04/47

Apr 15   Greg Margetts             (GBr)   63    26/11/51    Competition Engine Services founder

Apr 16   Rob Turnbull              (GBr)   71    07/03/44

Apr 20   Robert Harrington         (USA)   72    19/11/42

Apr 20   David Into                (USA)   75    15/08/39

Apr 20   J.G. Mal-Voy              (Bel)   67    28/08/47

Apr 21   Steve Byrnes              (USA)   56    14/04/59

Apr 21   Marc Peccolo              (Fra)   60    17/01/55

Apr 21   Marvin Ragan              (USA)   72    26/02/43

Apr 22   Clive Adams               (Aus) c.99        1915

Apr 22   Jurgen Damen              (Bel)   42    28/07/72

Apr 22   Rodney Franklin           (USA)   61    21/05/53

Apr 23   Jerry Clark               (USA)   93    10/03/22    Port Royal Speedway president

Apr 23   „Perrier“                 (Bel)   80    28/03/35

Apr 25   Otakar Krámský            (Cze)   55    01/07/59

Apr 25   Simon McKinley            (Irl)   34    03/03/81

Apr 25   Bob Peck                  (USA)   72    27/11/42

Apr 28   Jean-Pierre Delvaux       (Bel)                     Paduwa Racing

Apr 29   Anne Boisnard             (Fra)   78    25/09/36

Apr 30   Tom Hoover                (USA)   85    28/11/29    Father of the 426 Hemi

Apr 30   Walt Sizemore             (USA)   77    15/08/37

 

2015

May 01   Alex Clacher              (GBr) c.79        1935

May 01   Geoff Duke                (GBr)   92    29/03/23

May 02   Jean-Luc Rançon           (Fra) c.64

May 06   Denise McCluggage         (USA)   88    20/01/27

May 07   Werner Schruf             (Ger)   70    27/03/45

May 11   Eberhard Kaiser           (Ger)   68    19/02/47

May 11   Frank Matich              (Aus)   80    25/01/35

May 11   Dave Osmun                (USA)   74    14/11/40

May 13   Jimmy Cox                 (USA)   80    28/01/35

May 13   Roy Jackson Jr.           (USA)   53    11/03/62

May 14   Delmo Johnson             (USA)   82    07/02/33

May 14   Red Untiedt               (USA)   95    29/06/19

May 15   Renzo Zorzi               (Ita)   68    12/12/46    1975 Monaco F3 race winner

May 17   Keiji Matsumoto           (Jpn)   65    26/12/49

May 17   Sam Swindell              (USA)   82    14/10/32

May 19   Wayne Smith               (USA)   76    12/04/39

May 20   Sébastien Bonnisseau      (Fra)   43    17/04/72

May 21   Peter Diekmann            (Ger)   71    19/10/43    1987 Rallye Côte d’Ivoire winner

May 26   Larry Yard                (USA)   74    14/07/40    „National Speedway Directory“

May 27   Erik Carlsson             (Swe)   86    05/03/29

May 29   Tom Jones                 (USA)   72    26/04/43

 

2015

Jun 02   Butch Dowker              (USA)   60    17/12/54

Jun 02   Smokey Drolet             (USA)   84    15/03/31

Jun 02   Dirk Hagemeier            (Ger)   56    15/02/59

Jun 04   Jabe Thomas               (USA)   85    12/05/30    6th in 1971 NASCAR Grand National series

Jun 04   František Valovič         (Svk)   73    23/10/41

Jun 05   Worth McMillion           (USA)   88    08/10/26

Jun 09   Robin Curtis              (NZl)

Jun 10   Ivan Cranch               (NZl) c.81

Jun 12   Everett Pierce            (USA)   86    14/10/28

Jun 12   Mike Townsend             (USA)   42    20/06/72

Jun 13   Rob Fowler                (GBr)   65    24/03/50

Jun 16   Frank Eglem               (Ned)   48    21/04/67

Jun 16   Gary Jones                (USA)   58    11/10/56

Jun 17   Glen McDuffie             (USA)   78    06/04/37

Jun 18   Jimmy Jorgensen           (USA)   81    19/01/34

Jun 18   Jim Vandiver              (USA)   75    13/12/39    2nd in 1969 Talladega 500

Jun 20   Christophe Henry          (Fra)   53    10/04/62

Jun 22   Dave Cabena               (GBr)   68    30/11/46

Jun 24   Franjo Kunčer             (Mng) c.58        1957

Jun 25   Herb Adcox                (USA)   85    26/10/29

Jun 25   Marcel Nico               (Fra) c.77

Jun 28   Todor Slavov              (Bul)   31    22/01/84

Jun 29   Gustav Büsing             (Ger)   71    23/02/44

 

died     name                      (nat)  age        born    major achievement

2015

Jul 01   Robert la Caze            (Fra)   98    26/02/17

Jul 02   Royce Hagerty             (USA)   90    25/03/25

Jul 03   Stubby Stevens            (USA)   95    03/11/19

Jul 04   Carlo de Gavardo          (Chl)   45    14/07/69

Jul 05   Rainer Zenker             (Ger)

Jul 06   Ed Hage                   (USA)   73    11/11/41

Jul 07   Mike Argetsinger          (USA)   70    12/07/44    IMRRC co-founder

Jul 07   John Greenwood            (USA)   70    05/04/45

Jul 08   Jim Keppley               (USA)   73    05/11/41

Jul 10   Greg Higgins              (USA)   75    29/04/40

Jul 10   Peter de Klerk            (SAf)   80    16/03/35

Jul 10   Jean-Jacques Lenne        (Fra)   67    28/08/47

Jul 11   Jean-Pierre Boilon        (Fra)   66    13/07/48

Jul 11   Claude Bouscary           (Fra)

Jul 13   Philippe Graby            (Fra)   66    01/10/48

Jul 14   Lyle Patterson            (USA)   68    21/12/46

Jul 14   Paolo Pavanello           (Ita)   81    27/03/34

Jul 17   Jules Bianchi             (Fra)   25    03/08/89    2009 F3 Euro Series champion

Jul 23   Larry Addington           (USA)   79    07/03/36

Jul 28   Mike Bailey               (USA)   39       08/75

Jul 28   Ken Costello              (GBr)   88    06/01/27

Jul 29   Bill Pye                  (Aus)   54    19/11/60


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#102 ReWind

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#106 fbarrett

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 17:41

Manfredo Lippmann passed away in Guatemala on Jan. 15, 2015. A Mercedes-Benz dealer, he drove a Porsche in early Carrera Panamericanas, bought a 300SL new and kept it for many years as part of his impressive car collection.



#107 ReWind

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 18:52

Here you can learn more about Manfredo Lippmann and see his Porsche.
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#108 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 20:16

Csaba Varga has asked me to pass on the sad news that Tibor Szeles died on the 3rd January 2015. http://formula.hu/eg...datol-bucsuzunk

 

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#109 ReWind

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 17:00

From NationalSpeedSportNews is this obituary by Tim Kennedy:
 

Retired CRA sprint car driver Steve N. Howard, 61, died Dec. 16 at his Lakewood, Calif., home. He had battled serious health problems and was hospitalized several years ago for a liver problem.
He fought back and operated his long-time family business — So-Cal Racing Products in Downey. Steve was a reliable entrepreneur in the center of the Perris Auto Speedway with his truck and table of products since that track opened in 1996. The last race he attended at PAS was the USAC National Midget Turkey Night GP on Nov. 27, 2014.
Steve also was a regular spectator at the Industry Speedway Wednesday night speedway bike races from May through August. I had a chance to talk to Steve at length last August at Industry Speedway. He was the same Steve as always, upbeat and looking forward to watching the two-wheelers race that night. He attended these events with Mike English and his wife Lori.
Steve was born on July 25, 1953, youngest of three sons born to to the late Glenn and Patricia Howard. Gary, 64, and Mike, 62, also followed their racer father Glenn and raced sprint cars. Gary was a 1971 CRA rookie. Mike raced with CRA briefly in the 1970s and currently lives in North Carolina. Gary currently resides in Santa Clarita and builds engines for Honda Performance Development. He was present at Steve’s memorial service Jan. 23.
Steve had given power of attorney over his affairs to his close friend and fellow CRA sprint car driver Mike English when he was seriously ill and hospitalized. Steve had last Thanksgiving dinner with the English family before traveling to Perris to watch the TNGP. The English family maintained frequent contact with Steve over the years. When he could not be reached by telephone, Mike and Lori’s daughter Heather checked on Steve and found him sitting in a chair deceased. Steve was cremated per his wishes.
The memorial service for Howard was held in the Church of Our Fathers at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress. More than 120 persons attended the somber, yet uplifting service conducted by celebrant Darrell McGowan. The retired minister officiates at funeral when called by Forest Lawn staff. He related facts about Steve’s life and passing. He said Steve and his wife Jaime had divorced many years ago, but remained friends. He added that Steve later fathered a daughter Katie and had tried to remain close to her.
McGowan invited attendees to come forward, state their names and speak about Steve. Driver Jim Tanner spoke first. CRA driver Dave Ondo spoke for himself and read a note driver Buzz Rose, an Arizona resident, sent him. SCRA publicist Robert Mayson related Steve’s racing accomplishments and said he was a fast and fierce driver. Ginny Abrahamson (a Howard family name before a split) gave family data. Steve’s cousin Linda, his former sister-in-law Joei Ryan (nee McCormick) said compassionate Steve had come to Arizona to console her after her husband died eight months ago. Joei and her father Ed McCormick (Steve’s former father-in-law) had come from Mesa, Ariz,. and joined Steve’s former wife Jaime in a front pew. Ed was a long-time CRA corner yellow flagman as were his late brothers Bruce and Bob.
Other speakers were J. C. Agajanian Jr., representing the Agajanian family, he said Steve always greeted him by saying “Hi Aggie.” Midget driver Jimmy Voitel recalled Steve spending time at the Voitel family farm in Iowa.
Interspersed during the memorial service were recordings of appropriate songs selected by the family. They were: “Remember Me” by Tim McGraw; “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by Vince Gill; “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston; “Goodbye My Friend” by Linda Ronstadt, and “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban.
The printed memorial card had a color photo of Steve in his So-Cal driving uniform and at speed in his No. 94 sprint car. On the back of the Thomas Kinkade card was: “Afterglow – I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways. Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun. Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.”
Attendees filed out of the chapel by passing mounted photos of Steve at various stages of his racing career, a remains box, and floral wreaths.
Present were Mike and Lori English, Rip and Becky Williams and their sons Cody and Austin, Sleepy and Erin Tripp, Stan and Diane Atherton, Tommy and Jeannie Hunt and son Tony, Lee and Lori James, John Redican, Jimmy Oskie, Steve Ostling, Tony Jones, Damion Gardner, Ed Hudson and racer son Jerry, Tom Downing, Gene Ellis, Cal Smith, Jake Swanson, plus speakers J. Voitel, D. Ondo and J. C. Agajanian with his wife Franci. Focus midget/speedway bike racer Courtney Crone, 13, and her father Jack also attended and said Steve had encouraged her racing.
Others present included: timer/scorer Dick Hindman, sponsor Paul Wiessner, Robert Mayson, Wendi James Loveren, Anne Wilkerson, Janie (Wilkerson) Rolfson, Renee (Kruseman) Kiser (Cory’s mom), Leanne Scheetz, and longtime fan Arlene Fernandez. Persons had sandwiches and soft drinks during the reception and swapped memories of Steve and racing at Ascot Park. Hosts were Steve’s brother Gary and the English family. They deserve accolades for their friendship, devotion and loyalty to their friend Steve Howard. RIP.

 
[An extended version is there.]
 
BTW, what puzzles me is this

Abrahamson (a Howard family name before a split)

According to the California Birth Index Steve's brother Gary Howard was born on 17 April 1950 as Gary Glenn Howard, his brother Mike Howard was born on 14 May 1952 as Michael Howard Abrahamson, and Steve Howard himself was born on 25 July 1953 as Steven N. Abrahamson, all by the same mother, Ms. Wininger.
 
What is the explanation for the respective family names?


Edited by ReWind, 07 February 2015 - 17:06.


#110 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 06:50

Mike Ores, Merritt, British Columbia, Canada, October 27, 2014.  He built and raced Formula Vees with his dad, Al Ores.  Mike then went on to race a Lola T342 Formula Ford in the late 70s.  He was Sports Car Club of British Columbia rookie of the year in 1973.

 

You can find an obituary at this link:

 

http://www.merritthe...tuaries/page/2/

 

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#111 Michael Ferner

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 10:02

From NationalSpeedSportNews is this obituary by Tim Kennedy:
 
 
[An extended version is there.]
 
BTW, what puzzles me is this
According to the California Birth Index Steve's brother Gary Howard was born on 17 April 1950 as Gary Glenn Howard, his brother Mike Howard was born on 14 May 1952 as Michael Howard Abrahamson, and Steve Howard himself was born on 25 July 1953 as Steven N. Abrahamson, all by the same mother, Ms. Wininger.
 
What is the explanation for the respective family names?


I never understood that either. In addition, Gary G. raced as Gary Abrahamson for a while, but his father was always Glenn Howard during that time (as a car owner). Can you find out who Ginny Abrahamson is? Or, maybe Jim Thurman can chime in here?

#112 Jim Thurman

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 18:53

I never understood that either. In addition, Gary G. raced as Gary Abrahamson for a while, but his father was always Glenn Howard during that time (as a car owner). Can you find out who Ginny Abrahamson is? Or, maybe Jim Thurman can chime in here?

 

I have no idea. Perhaps a stepfather situation?  I attended races at Ascot when he raced as "Gary Abrahamson" and remember when it came out that he was, in fact, Glenn Howard's son.  I don't recall any more explanation being given aside from it being "an alias", though perhaps there might be some additional detail somewhere in my collection of regional racing newspapers.

 

But, I'll tell you right now, the odds of me digging through those is quite unlikely, unless I can get them scanned, which no one seems able to assist with.



#113 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 15 March 2015 - 08:14

Claude Parpex died 4th March, Reinhard.

#114 ReWind

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Posted 15 March 2015 - 09:20

I doubt that, Richard.
On Autodiva forum it was mentioned on March 3.



#115 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 06:23

ORC had a couple of posts on its Facebook page last night with pictures of the Darvi race car. The reason for the posts was that Dick Harvey, the designer of the Darvi died earlier this week. Sorry, can't find any more information than that at present.

#116 ReWind

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 08:06

More information is here (750 Formula Forum).



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Posted 01 April 2015 - 20:45

Some first quarter passings (plus one from 2014) from the Pacific Coast U.S. oval racing scene, listed alphabetically rather than chronologically. Hopefully i's have been dotted and t's crossed sufficiently. Apologies in advance for any fatigue related typos that crept in.

 

Wendell Chambers, 70, died March 19.Chambers was the 1974 NASCAR super modified track champion at Altamont Speedway, but perhaps his best season was 1973, when he finished 9th in points at San Jose Speedway and 3rd in points at Altamont Speedway to rank 19th in NASCAR State of California points.

 

Bob Coulter, 82. Coulter raced and owned sprint cars in the California Racing Association, Coulter finished in the top 10 in CRA points from 1962 through 1964.

 

Ron Daggett died March 12. Daggett raced figure 8s and late models at Evergreen Speedway in Washington, where he was 1985 super stock champion. He was inducted into the Evergreen Speedway Hall of Fame last year.

 

Tim Marsh died September 26, 2014. Marsh was 1982 & 1983 open wheel champion at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka, California.

 

John Mausa, 91, died January 30. Mausa raced jalopies, hardtops and stock cars on California's North Coast at Grenfell Speedway in Crescent City as well as Indianola Speedway, 101 Speedway and Redwood Acres Raceway around his hometown of Eureka.

 

Don Seay, died January 7. Seay raced hobby stocks and dirt cars at Santa Maria Speedway.

 

Dennis Stephenson, 75,,died March 18. Stephenson raced at Craig Road Speedway in North Las Vegas.

 

Gordie Stewart,,77, a top open wheel racer in Washington state, died January 6, 2015.

 

Ron Vinje died January 4. Vinje raced sportsman at Champion Speedway in Brisbane, California.

 

Bill "Wee Willie" Wright ,died March 14, 2015. Wright raced at Vallejo Speedway, in the early model, hardtop and super stock divisions. After the track closed, he raced at other tracks, including Antioch and Petaluma. He continued racing through the mid-90s in dwarf cars.


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#118 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 05:15

Frank Eglem has sadly died according to Van Amersfoort's Facebook page. https://m.facebook.c...4779692/?type=1

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 07:05

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 11:44

I have just heard that Mike Tighe, a very talented race driver of the 1960s, died earlier this year.  Mike, a West Australian farmer, started attrarting attention driving a Fiat 1500 saloon, and was given a drive an an Elfin Catalina F Junior, specially bought for him by Don Reimann, himself a driver (and specially a race car builder) of note. It proved a perfect match, Mike was a natural in this small single-seater, right through the dying days of Caversham and into early Wanneroo Park meetings.

 

By the late 60s the car was obsolete and uncompetitive, and would have been even more uncompetitive without Mike behind the wheel.

 

After Mike retired, the Elfin went though various hands and finished up on the other side of Australia. Early this year a Western Australian collector bought it, and is in the process of retoring it to the appearance and livery of Mike Tighe's day.  The new owner, and and ailing Mike Tighe, had a long talk of old times, and Mike was pleased to hear his old car was back home.

 

RIP Mike Tighe.


Edited by Terry Walker, 18 June 2015 - 11:45.


#121 haggis

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 14:45

Very sad news to hear of Mike Tighe's death.  Thanks for letting us know Terry.



#122 YankeeRacer

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 14:26

Former Danbury (CT) Racearena driver Everett A. Pierce passed away on June 12, 2015. He was born on October 14, 1928 in Norwalk, CT. http://www.legacy.co...2486&fhid=24247

Edited by YankeeRacer, 20 June 2015 - 14:27.


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Posted 13 July 2015 - 11:42

http://www.dansnosco...ze/1458372/avis

Thanks to Csaba Varga for the above link, Robert Lacaze has passed away.

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 17:42

In order to keep anyone who is interested up to date

 

Most recent entries (last five weeks):

Jules Bianchi, Paolo Pavanello, Jean-Pierre Boilon, Claude Bouscary, Peter de Klerk, Jean-Jacques Lenne, Jim Keppley, Mike Argetsinger, John Greenwood, Ed Hage, Rainer Zenker, Carlo de Gavardo, Stubby Stevens, Robert la Caze (July 2015), Gustav Büsing, Todor Slavov, Herb Adcox, Marcel Nico, Franjo Kunčer, Dave Cabena, Christophe Henry, Jimmy Jorgensen, Jim Vandiver, Glen McDuffie, Frank Eglem, Gary Jones, Rob Fowler, Everett Pierce, Mike Townsend, Ivan Cranch, Robin Curtis, František Valovič (June 2015), Tom Jones, Red Untiedt, Eberhard Kaiser, Werner Schruf (May 2015), Mike Tighe (March 2015), Karel Krumpholc (July 2014), Georges Jobé (December 2012), Hermann Hanf (October 2012), Larry Manning (May 2012), John Igleheart (April 2012), Bill Spalding (November 2010), Gene Cook (March 2010), Ian Scott (November 2009), Bud Erb (August 2009), Gérard Mérigaud (February 2009), Jack Frost (December 2006), Viktor Lapin (July 2006)

 

Previous new entries:

Worth McMillion, Jabe Thomas, Butch Dowker, Smokey Drolet, Dirk Hagemeier (June 2015), Erik Carlsson, Larry Yard, Peter Diekmann, Sébastien Bonnisseau, Wayne Smith, Keiji Matsumoto, Sam Swindell, Renzo Zorzi, Delmo Johnson, Jimmy Cox, Frank Matich, Dave Osmun, Denise McCluggage, Alex Clacher (May 2015), Walt Sizemore, „Perrier“, Clive Adams, Rob Turnbull (April 2015), Jack Goodwin, Davis Laitano (March 2015)