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#1 VWV

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 19:02



RIP David. I enjoyed our chats.


#2 Doug Nye

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 19:14

Very very sorry to hear this sad news.


Sincere condolences to David's family and many friends and associates...



#3 racinggeek

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 19:38

I have several books from David Bull Publishing and, as Janos wrote in the linked obit above, they are works of art. RIP, Mr. Bull.

#4 DCapps

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 20:02

Alas, unfortunately not really unexpected, but none-the-less still very sad news. Almost all of my relatively modest dealings with David Bull were thanks to Mike Argetsinger. I found David to be quite an interesting person to chat with, to say the least. As with a number here, I have a quite a few of his books and can suggest that it is difficult seeing who might come close to filling that void. Janos certainly said what many of us thought about David. He is certainly going to be missed.

Edited by DCapps, 21 April 2021 - 20:03.

#5 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 22:11

One of all too few, I gather, who would be prepared to take a chance in publishing the previously-unpublished, and for niche markets...


Mike's first book succeeded, this led both to continuing their partnership, and now that's to be seen as a relationship lasting to their deaths.

#6 Emery0323

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 22:49

Very sad to hear this.  I went to the Monterey Historics several times during 2003-2010, and the David Bull Publishing tent was always a must-visit for book signings by authors, drivers, etc.   I can recall talking to a very friendly and attractive woman who I believe was his then-wife(?), who talked about the new hobby of motorcycling into which he had initiated her. It appears that hobby took an unfortunate turn, which I was not aware of until I saw the obituary above. :|


Here's an 2014 interview with him that I found on Youtube, he talks about his history with Bentley Publishing, starting his own niche publishing imprint, and the recovery from his motorcycle accident:


Edited by Emery0323, 22 April 2021 - 05:52.

#7 Tom Glowacki

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 01:53

I had one interaction with him when I called to place an order.  He answered the phone and dealt with me, just like that.  Just a guy trying to make his business go, no pretensions, just a friendly conversation.

#8 JacnGille

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 02:02

Sad news

#9 Jack-the-Lad

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 03:29

This is so saddening. I really admire his entrepreneurial spirit and his dedication to publishing for automobile enthusiasts. And of course the courageous and inspiring way he dealt with his accident injuries. It is my understanding that he was recently involved with others in picking up the sword after Michael Lynch's unfortunate passing, toward completing the Chinetti/N.A.R.T. book.

Sincere condolences to his family and many friends and collaborators.

#10 ensign14

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 06:37

Very sad news, his books are a fitting memorial, they're lovely things to behold as well as read.

#11 B Squared

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 09:31

As with Ray and Don; my meeting David was through Michael Argetsinger. He was so good to me and seemingly all who met him. The July 2010 weekend that Michael's "Mark Donohue : His Life in Photographs" was released at Road America is a very fond series of memories with both of these fine gentlemen. Condolences to David's family and friends.

#12 ReWind

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Posted 02 May 2021 - 17:20

I’ve not seen an official death notice.

I think he was David Deforest Bull, b. 26 April 1961.

Does anyone know for sure on which day he passed away?

#13 Vitesse2

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Posted 02 May 2021 - 19:24

I’ve not seen an official death notice.

I think he was David Deforest Bull, b. 26 April 1961.

Does anyone know for sure on which day he passed away?

This piece on Superbike Planet by Dean Adams, dated April 19th, says 'last Saturday night', so - taken with János Wimpffen's 'last weekend', dated the 21st - by extension that would be April 17th:



#14 ReWind

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 06:44

Much appreciated, Richard.

#15 B Squared

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Posted 11 July 2021 - 11:26

From AutoMobilia magazine; #17, July/August 2021 by Peter Bourassa: