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#1 JacnGille

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 21:37

The passing of long time US Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic fixture Joe Stimola was mentioned during Speed Channel's Sebring coverage.
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#2 T54

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 23:20

I knew Joe personally and learning of his untimely passing is very sad. Joe was a very good man, very helpful to others and always in a good mood. :(

#3 S A Dunbar

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 01:19

I knew Joe personally and learning of his untimely passing is very sad. Joe was a very good man, very helpful to others and always in a good mood. :(



Joe was a great guy...talented and fun. Condolences to his family...

#4 klemcoll

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 00:43

I had recently heard of Joe's passing. He was a an old friend and a very creative and amusing man with a lot of knowledge. The best of many stories about Joe was when he flummoxed the SCCA Formula Ford rules. The rules said one had to run an open diff – no limited slips. Another rule said that lubricants were not limited in any way. Joe welded up the sides of an FF open diff and filled it with tar. The result was what might be imagined. After its win, the car was of course both protested and inspected. There was an almighty row about the diff and its contents. Joe's comment, which won the day (and resulted in a change to the rules), was, "You guys are at one end of the viscosity range and I am at the other."

#5 Marc Sproule

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 01:08

Great story!!

:rotfl:

I too was fortunate enough to get to know Joe through his involvement in the Atlantic series.

A good man, and great fun to be around.

#6 Rupertlt1

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Posted 31 August 2021 - 12:37

Here is Joe Stimola in Formula Ford days — can anybody identify the car (Merlyn) and/or circuit?

 

https://library.revs...ion=p17257coll1

 

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Edited by Rupertlt1, 01 September 2021 - 07:32.


#7 Gene

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Posted 01 September 2021 - 13:39

I must be getting as "historical" as the cars I've worked on!

 

I first met Joey at Pocono as a very young wide eyed kid wrenching on a Hawk FF. He was running Bruce MacInnes in a Crossle FF that of course ran away from the field and won. We had one of my first real technical conversation on why "toe out" was better than "toe in". Thirty years latter, I can think of only one formula car I've ever set "toe in".



#8 Rupertlt1

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 06:57

Address in February 1976:

 

Stimola Race Preparation

57 Birch Hill Road

Locust Valley, LI, NY 11560

(516) 671-9715

 

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