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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 2018 (presented here in chronological order of their passing):

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Dan Gurney

Otto Linton, last surviving participant in first Watkins Glen sports car race 

Edwin “Dick” Barton, chief mechanic, Brian Lister Light Engineering Limited

Dan Gurney, racing driver and car builder

Roy Fjastad, racing product innovator and creator of hex-drive Dzus fastener

Henry Hope-Frost, Goodwood and F1 broadcaster

Sigfried Rauch, actor and Steve McQueen’s rival in ‘Le Mans’

Stanley Torgenson, former owner of ICA Classic Car Auctions

Charles Strang Jr., inventive motorsports engineer for Kiekhaefer team

John Miles, Team Lotus driver

Martin Birrane, racer and owner of Lola Cars

Tom ‘The Mongoose” McEwen, drag racer and Hot Wheels promoter

Marcel De Ley, metalshaping expert and coachbuilder

Dave Maraj, founder of Champion Porsche dealership and racing team

Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari

George Tuma, co-owner of Historic Sportscar Racing 

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Don Panoz

Don Panoz, sports car manufacturer and race track owner

William B. Ruger Jr., car collector and gun manufacturer

Bob Jane, Australian racer and Thunderdome speedway builder

Terry Adderley, prominent car collector

Mari Hulman George, matriarch of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Kitty O’Neil, stunt woman and women’s speed record holder

David Pearson, NASCAR racer

Irv Gordon, drove his Volvo P1800 several million miles

Charles Seaberg, Australian car restorer, collector and transport specialist

Michael Paul Smith, Elgin Park scale-model maker/photographer

Sam Foose, hot-rod builder and father of Chip Foose

Michael Cook, long-time British car company publicist in the U.S.

Pete Biro, motorsports photographer

Jim Perkins, auto executive who saved the Corvette from extinction in the late 1990s

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. I was not aware that David Pearson had passed. When did he pass? He was a legendary NASCAR driver who always ran a good race. The on-track competitions between him and Richard Petty were legendary! And mostly always clean, as neither driver wished to do the other one any real harm.

  2. Oh, dear God- I had no idea Dave Pearson had gone to the Hall of Fame in the sky.
    When NASCAR was real, and it was Pearson/Petty/Yarbrough/Isaacs… My lil brother was Petty blue and I was always gentleman Dave. So, so sorry for his family.
    The "21" Purolator Mercury lives in my heart, and I don’t believe any NASCAR rivalry has been as closely fought- with real, "factory" looking cars(!)- as that between the King Richard and the Silver Fox.
    Another piece of my youth gone, and I’m quite surprised that this hurt so much.
    Rest, Mr. Pearson. Rest well. You deserve peace.


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