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Galpin Motors’ longtime first lady Jane Boeckmann dies at 90

Jane Boeckmann, the first lady of Galpin Motors and matriarch of the Southern California auto-dealership family, has died at age 90, according to family members. Her life story — which included piloting planes and driving race cars, as well as myriad honors for both business and humanitarian endeavors — was surely worthy of a movie. She died April 28 of pancreatic cancer, according to her family. Working with her husband, Bert Boeckmann, she helped to turn Galpin Motors into one of the most prom...
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Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, 1937-2018

Tom McEwen. Photo courtesy NHRA. Over a drag racing career that spanned nearly four decades, Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen won just five NHRA national events, yet still established himself as one of the best-known drivers in the sport’s history. It’s no exaggeration to say that his skill at promotion reshaped drag racing, attracting high-dollar sponsorships and catapulting it from relative obscurity onto television screens across the United States. On Sunday, June 10, McEwen died at age 81. McEwen’...
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Racing driver and development engineer John Miles, 1943-2018

John Miles at the Nuerburgring in 1970. Photo by Raimund Kommer. By the time John Miles began driving Formula 1 cars for Gold Leaf Team Lotus, the engineer-turned-racer had already proven his talent by winning several sports car racing championships. Never considered a star by Lotus founder Colin Chapman, Miles was often saddled with under-developed racing cars and paid meager wages to pilot them, yet he’d later return to the company as an engineer long after his driving days were done. On Apri...
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Former Toyota President Tatsuro Toyoda Passes At Age 88

Toyota Motor Corp. has announced the passing of Tatsuro Toyoda, the automaker’s seventh president and second son of the company’s founder. Instrumental in establishing the firm’s joint-venture with U.S. rival General Motors in 1984, referred to as the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI), Tatsuro was known for his drive toward global expansion and international collaboration efforts. Continuing […] The post Former Toyota President Tatsuro Toyoda Passes At Age 88 appeared first on The Trut...
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Hiromi Tsuru Passes Away At 57

Hiromi Tsuru, best known for her role as Bulma in the popular Dragon Ball series (who she has been voicing since 1986), has unfortunately passed away at the not so ripe old age of 57, ending the chapter of yet…
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The Man Who Saved the Porsche 911 from Oblivion has Died

It’s kind of difficult to imagine if you aren’t old enough to remember, but there was a period in the 1980s when the Porsche 911 was almost removed from the automotive landscape. In 1979, Porsche had made plans to replace the 911 with the new 928. The working logic was that the 911 was too quirky, impractical, […] The post The Man Who Saved the Porsche 911 from Oblivion has Died appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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A bid farewell: Roy Lunn, a well-engineered life

Roy Lunn, at a December 2015 Sarasota Cafe Racers lunch. Photo by Gary Jean. [Editor’s note: This tribute to the life of Roy Lunn comes to us from Martyn Schorr and is reprinted with permission.] Roy Lunn, the “Godfather of the Ford GT40,” passed away on August 5th, 2017 after suffering a catastrophic stroke at the age of 92. His wife of 70 years, Jeanie and two daughters, two granddaughters, a son-in-law and one great-grandson survive him. Roy was born in Richmond, England in 1925, one of thr...
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Vic Edelbrock Jr, 1936-2017

Vic Edelbrock Jr. in 2013. Photo by Kurt Ernst. Vic Edelbrock Jr., for more than 50 years the head of the company that bears his name, died last week after complications from a cold. He was 80. The scion of the founder of one of the original American high-performance aftermarket companies, Edelbrock took over the eponymous company as its president in 1962 at age 26, when his father, Vic Sr., died of cancer at just 49 years old. Instead of just riding along with the successful business, Vic Jr....
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Prolific automotive designer Tom Tjaarda dead at age 82

Tom Tjaarda with the Fiat 124 Spider. Image from the Hemmings archives. Over a career that spanned seven decades, Tom Tjaarda designed, or at least influenced the design of, over 84 vehicles. Trained in architecture, his artistic touch wasn’t limited to automobiles, and other projects by Tjaarda ranged from monorail trains to buildings and furniture. Last week, Tjaarda died at the age of 82. Born Steven Thompson Tjaarda Van Starkenberg in July 1934, Tjaarda was the son of designer Joop Tjaarda...
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AMSOIL founder Al Amatuzio dead at age 92

Al Amatuzio didn’t invent synthetic oil, but his AMSOIL product was reportedly the first such lubricant to meet the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) service requirements for motor vehicles, in 1972. When the costly product proved difficult to sell against conventional oils, Amatuzio created a dealer network to preach the gospel of his products, and he remained active in the company as president and CEO until 2015. On Friday, March 31, Amatuzio died in his Minnesota home, age 92. His first ...
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Automotive archaeologist, collector and promoter Rick D’Louhy dies at age 67

Rick D’Louhy behind the wheel of The Californian. Photos courtesy Geoff Hacker. It would be hard to put a label on car collector Rick D’Louhy. With Geoff Hacker and a team of supporters, he was an automotive adventurer who found cars that many never knew were lost. As secretary and newsletter editor for the Volusia Region AACA, he shared his passion for, and knowledge of, all things automotive. As the promoter of the annual Daytona Beach Dream Cruise, he built a sizeable event that celebrated ...
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