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They’ve gone, but they are not to be forgotten


George Barris in 2012 at his North Hollywood headquarters before the sale of the iconic Batmobile | Jana DeHart photo

Twenty fifteen was a wonderful year for the classic car community, but it also was a time of some sadness as some of our favorite people left us:

Doug Magnon, Riverside International Automotive Museum
Yutaka Katayama, father of the Datsun/Nissan Z car
Ernest Hemmings, founder of Hemmings Motor News
Gerard Ducarouge, F1/Le Mans racing car designer
Philip Young, Endurance Rally Association founder
Marvin Price, collector/enthusiast
Leo Gephart, pioneering classic car dealer and auction founder
Ed Hulse, hot-rodder featured on the cover of first Hot Rod magazine in 1948
Tom Hoover, engineer and “godfather” of Chrysler’s Hemi V8 engine
Bill Huth, owner, Williow Springs International Raceway
Denise McCluggage, racer, journalist, photographer, concours judge
Ray Valero, drag racing pioneer

Margaret Dunning with her 1930 Packard at Pebble Beach | Hagerty

Margaret Dunning, 104-year-old classic car owner and driver
Erik Carlsson, Saab rally racer and Stirling Moss’s brother-in-law
Bob McDorman, Chevrolet dealer, Corvette collector and museum owner
Sonny Madrid, founder, Lowrider magazine
John Greenwood, sports car racer
Michael Argetsinger, founder, International Motor Racing Research Center
Elzie Wylie “Buddy” Baker, NASCAR racer
Ed Almquist, hot rodding pioneer and author
Guy Ligier, Formula One racing team owner
Jack “Doc” Watson, co-creator of the Hurst/Olds and promoter of Woodward Dream Cruise and Flint’s Back to the Bricks

Lord Montagu

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, car collector and museum founder
Dick Guldstrand, Corvette racer and modifier
Martin Milner, actor who played Tod on influential Route 66 television series
Bill “Maverick” Golden, drag racer of Little Red Wagon fame
Bruce Wennerstrom, founder, Greenwich concours d’elegance
Byron Fitzpatrick, car designer and design educator
George Barris, the King of Kustomizers
Art Fitzpatrick, illustrator
Bill Burke, Hot Rod magazine and Bonneville racer

Gary Meadows, founder, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association

Marvin Panch, NASCAR racer

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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