Thread: In memory of racers no longer with us:

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    Our condolences Tom. Your uncle John was one of the Patriots that has helped our country remain free and helped us keep our liberties. Your thread about the old advertisments is one of my favorites, and it reminds me of the spirit and enthusiam that the guys returning from the war had. There was nothing that they could not do. It was their generation that pulled all of the Americans out of the doldrums of the Great Depression. God bless you and all your family on the loss of your uncle John.



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    Default Ray Lumpkin

    We’ve lost a great competitor, promoter, official and historian of boat racing , a friend to many.
    Thoughts and prayers to Norma and his family.
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    John Sherlock
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Oil Racing Team View Post
    We didn't have any Benihana Restaurants around here, or otherwise I would have supported it. I can remember reading about when he stuffed his cat. I was amazed how he survived. Seems like it was off the Pacific coast, but I can't remember for sure. He was good for the sport of boat racing. Articulate, willing to help promote, and got a lot of good press. Besides....he knew how to race. It's sad to hear that we've lost him.
    Your thought was right Wayne, it was a race in and out of the San Francisco Bay when he stuffed it. If my memory is correct, he ripped the heart from the sack that surround it and banked up his rips, yet somehow survived a hell of a hit.

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    Here's some Outboarders I'd like to remember:

    Bruce Deugo

    Don Allen, Sr.

    Harold Barnes

    Dwight McClellan

    Dennis McClellan

    Paul Lloyd

    Charles Young

    Broom Kavoojian

    Bruno Gervasi

    Richard Engler

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    Default Tom Kirts

    Tom Kirts passed away last night, apparently of a heart attack. Tom was a top competitor in PRO or Alky runabouts for many, many years.

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    Our prayers go out to the Kirts clan. Tom was one of the guys to beat in Pro runabouts. He was a great guy and will be missed. We pitted by or close to the Kirts frequently and got to know Tom well and considered him a good friend.



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    Default Tom Kirts........

    I second Wayne's comment about Tom being the bad boy in runabouts. Definitely the one to beat. I have many great memories of Tom from all over the country to right down here in Moore Haven at the kilos. Gruff exterior but a big warm heart inside. He will be very much missed. Our prayers go out to Dan and the rest of the Kirts Clan. Another one racing on Lake Paradise......................
    Charley Bradley


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    Default Bump this back up

    I created a thread on the Kirts family because I know some may be posting some fond memories and pictures of Tom. Those stories and pics need to be with the Kirts Family thread rather than here. It has nothing to do with David's post. Joe had read it earlier at another website and told me. We decided to see if anyone posted it here at BRF today, and if not then one of us would. Thank you David for doing that. What I told Joe was, when we have been losing our friends lately, all the pictures and stories are posted among the grievences for them. Some of the stories of recall of our departed friends are priceless. This thread about the Kirts family is for those stories and pics. David delivered us this sad news knowing that it was not something we wanted to hear, but we needed to because it happened.



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    Default Willie "Flying Dutchman" Kerjes

    Willie Kerjes passed away on July 30th. While the article says that it was July 17th, Willie was with us in Constantine, MI and then at the Pro Nationals, which ended on July 27th..
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    Default In Memory of Dave Potter # 226

    Dave Potter # 226 of Seattle Washington passed away of cancer in 2006. He was a true "Weekend Warrior" racing his Mercury powered Molinari virtually every weekend with his dad Les in the Pacific Northwest from the late '60's to the late '70's. Dave first raced at Havasu & Parker in 1972 & continued racing until the Late '70's. A video in his honor has been posted in Outboard History titled " In Memory of Dave Potter # 226 "

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