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Old 08-11-2008, 03:57 AM   #1
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Default Hot Rod Pioneer Lynn Yakel Passes.

I was just reading the "Society of Land Speed Racing Historians" Newsletter and read that Lynn Yakel had passed away.

R.I.P. and condolences to his family.
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:38 AM   #2
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Default Re: Hot Rod Pioneer Lynn Yakel Passes.

The old time talent is slipping away from us. RIP

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Old 08-11-2008, 05:18 AM   #3
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Default Re: Hot Rod Pioneer Lynn Yakel Passes.

Very, very sad news!

Lynn retired from Douglas Aircraft and was world renowned in aerodynamics in the land vehicle field. He designed the Larsen-Cummins’ Moon Eyes streamliner which was far ahead of its time (over 300 MPH). He has designed motorcycle streamliners for Don Vesco, Dennis Manning and various Indianapolis cars through the years.
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Lynn was a true pioneer in our hobby ... not only at Bonneville ... but with Hot Rods as well ... Lynn's 5wd was the inspiration for my father's coupe:

Lynn Yakel's chopped & channeled "brilliant maroon" 5-window ... as featured on pages 72 & 73 of the 1951 Hot Rods TREND BOOK NO. 102.

Lynn was also heavily involved with Mercedes Gull Wing's ... I'm pretty sure this is the last Bonneville car he was involved with:
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His wife (Dr. Roberta J. Nichols Yakel) passed away in April 2005 ... so Lynn is with her now ... and they both will be watching over next week's 60th Annual Speed Week together

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Old 08-11-2008, 05:42 AM   #4
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Default Re: Hot Rod Pioneer Lynn Yakel Passes.

We sure are losing the greats of our hobby lately. R.I.P.
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:27 AM   #5
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Default Re: Hot Rod Pioneer Lynn Yakel Passes.

I well remember his '32 when it was a feature car in Hot Rod Magazine in the early '50s. I met Yeakel at Bonneville in '98 while he and his crew (wife and a pal) were working on the Gull Wing. He bristled when I mentioned Gus Stallings, another MB salt racer, and immediatly told me he "...put Gus on the trailer back in the '60s." Yaekel kindly spent a few more precious minutes chatting with me and I turned and walked a few feet away - out of sight- where I put a new roll of film (remember film?) I heard him laugh and say "If that guy knew what an asshole I am he'd never have stopped to talk."
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