View Full Version : Happy Birthday Gene East!

04-17-2008, 08:51 AM
To one of the most prolific personalities in the history of boat racing...Happy Birthday Gene!!!
Your many friends in and from racing wish you the best birthday ever!


David Mason
04-17-2008, 09:57 AM
I will tip one back this evening in your honor. Maybe two.

Hope you have a great birthday, see you at a couple races this year.

Original Looper 1
04-17-2008, 11:33 AM
Happy Birthday Gene from the Christners - mom said to wish you a special happy birthday from her.

Folks, this is a picture from a couple years back when Gene came to Sarasota to have dinner with us. My mother and I surprised Gene with the very last Quincy Welding check that I had saved in my collection for years. Mom made it out to Gene for "1 million hugs and kisses." She considers Gene to be her 4th son.

Back in the 1960's until the early 1970's, Gene East was not only a top flight welder and machinist for Quincy Welding (he machined most of the Loopers), he was also the Quincy Welding race team crew chief who was responsible for loading up the race trailer and getting the team prepared for the trips plus everything that goes on at the races (unloading, setting up the race boats, starting them, repairs, etc). You name it, Gene did it. That's back when people rope started every boat for every race. Gene yanked more ropes than a rodeo cowboy.

My dad, Chris, was the heartbeat of Quincy Welding and Gene East was the main artery that kept the heart flowing.

Happy Birthday Gene!

Paul A Christner

Jeff Lytle
04-17-2008, 12:03 PM
Happy Birthday Gene!!

Master Oil Racing Team
04-17-2008, 07:44 PM
Happy birthday Gene. Although we never ran any Quincy stuff, we somehow got together and became friends. I will never forget the times we had, and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Gene East
04-18-2008, 05:21 AM
Thanks guys,

Boat racers are the best people in the world.

I'm proud to have such great friends


Tim Chance
04-18-2008, 09:10 AM
Ooops, I'm a day late. Happy belated Birthday.

04-19-2008, 10:28 AM
Sorry the Birthday song didn't sound as well as I wanted it to, you are a rare and real friend that deserved much better. Happy Birthday buddy. We love you..............Charley and family.

08-03-2009, 06:05 PM
Gene happy B-day man. May you have many more. Hay do you remember this picture?