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Gone, but not forgotten


As we begin a new year, we take time to remember some of those in the classic car community who left us in 2016 (presented here in chronological order of their passings):


Pete Chapouris, hot-rodder, custom car builder, president of So-Cal Speed Shop
Jack Griffith, creator of the Griffith and Sunchaser cars and co-founder of the Amelia Island concours d’elegance
Casey Folks, off-road racing pioneer
Nolan Adams, Corvette historian and Corvette hall of fame inductee
Paolo Stanzani, long-time Lamborghini engineer
Jean Argetsinger, co-founded Watkins Glen races with her husband
Mark Trimble, car and outboard engine collector and founder of the Branson Auction
John Surtees, world champion on two and four wheels
Ed Schoenthaler, car collector and ACD Museum trustee
J. Geils, musician and car collector
John Parham, chairman, National Motorcycle Museum
Robert Pirsig, author, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Preston Henn, racer, collector, Swap Shop founder
Eric Broadley, race car designer and founder of Lola
Tom Tjaarda, designer of DeTomaso Pantera and other cars
Vic Edelbrock Jr., performance parts manufacturer
Roy Lunn, Ford GT40 and Jeep Cherokee (among others) chief engineer
Lonnie Isam Jr., founder of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run
Syd Silverman, long-time publisher of Vintage Motorsports magazine
Jack Smith, Plymouth product planner (GTX, Road Runner)
Joe Bailon, invented Candy Apple Red and other “candy colors” of paint
Joe Oldham, muscle car expert and author
“Gas” Rhonda, pioneering drag racer
Peter Schutz, former president of Porsche Cars AG who saved the 911
Walter “Bud” Moore, WW2 military hero and long-time NASCAR team owner
Jim Nabors, actor and long-time Indy 500 singer
Bruce Brown, director, ‘On Any Sunday’
Jules Heumann, former chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Kenichi Yamamoto, Mazda rotary engine engineer

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.


  1. Can anyone refer me to an attorney to council me in a an accident claim where a guy in a work truck ran into the back of my 1973 Classic 450SL Convertible Mercedes Benz. I would like to talk about the differences in claim filing when your asking for the value of the vehicle(or LOSE of value) when its registered with the DMV as a classic vs not registered as a classic.


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