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Old 02-21-2011, 07:55 AM   #1
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Default Rest in Peace Tommy Sparks



Bruce Meyer sent me an e-mail last week about the passing of hot rod pioneer Tommy Sparks. If you've even seen the Tony Nancy Roadster, or Sparks & Bonney racing team, you know who he was. A legend. A meticulous West Hollywood engine expert and tune...

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Old 02-21-2011, 08:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: Rest in Peace Tommy Sparks

I had was first exposed to them in the TRJ article and those four similarly painted Hot rods really struck a nerve with me. The '33-'34 especially since I had just got mine and I have been pining over the early '50's cars that sat kind of high and ran cream wheen as the Sparks and Bonney team did. While I don't have much experience as the most of you with the Tommy Sparks, I can tell you that just those couple pics really got me stoked and it was enough to permanently store them in my memory.

Rest in Peace to another pioneer of our hobby and sport. You truly paved the way and brought us to where we are today. You will be missed.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:15 AM   #3
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Default Re: Rest in Peace Tommy Sparks

He was one of the pioneers in the vintage car movie rental business and always a very nice man to be around
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:32 AM   #4
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Rest in Peace...thanks for your contributions to our hobby/passion
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:07 AM   #5
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R.I.P. sir. We seem to be loosing more and more of our sgnificant pioneers every day. Time to get to know these guys and learn they're stories before it's too late.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:07 AM   #6
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Never met him, but he is well-known as a leader in so many hot rod areas. I have often wondered if he built the first Willys drag coupe (a fenderless car with a blown flathead), think it ran in the mid-50s. His blown flathead ran around 138 (I think) in Tony Nancy's roadster, phenomenal for the time (still is!), and the Sparks & Bonney team predated lots of other famous racing teams.....another one gone, RIP
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:23 AM   #7
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R.I.P. Tommy....
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:36 PM   #8
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Thanks for the post and the tribute, Jay. Another trailblazer gone, another link in the chain . . . RIP Mr. Sparks.
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:58 PM   #9
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RIP Tommy, prayers from my family to your family at this difficult time.

Bruce Meyer has a great way with words. Simple yet elegant. And what a great group photo!
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:43 AM   #10
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Godspeed to Tommy...........

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Oh yea, is "Steelworks" on the HAMB? It would be great to see some of the pictures from his travels to Tommy's place.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:47 AM   #11
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Godspeed Tom.

I was fortunate to get to meet him on one of my trips to SoCal several years ago. He gave me the full tour. It was amazing, and he and his wife were very welcoming hosts.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:29 PM   #12
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I registered for this site simply to thank every one of you for the kind words.. My name is Lacey, and I am Tommy's granddaughter. My family and I, especially my grandmother Laura, cannot believe how well loved he was by so many. It makes this time such easier on all of us to see this awesome support!! I have a lot of photos I can post of the garage and boy oh boy do I have stories! I can contact David, (founder of the steelworks blog and a close family friend) as well. If it wasn't for my grandpa, I wouldn't love cars, and for that I am forever grateful! I know he's up there racing with Tony Nancy right now!

So seriously, again, thank you.

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Old 02-23-2011, 10:03 PM   #13
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Lacey,

So sorry for your loss. We thank you're Grandfather so much for his contributions to our lives.
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Lacey- You're grandfather was a great man and a huge inspiration to alot of people. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with you and your family.

When you feel you're ready, I'm sure alot of us here (I for one) would love to see your photos and hear some of those stories.

RIP Tommy
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:07 PM   #15
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Mr. Sparks was not only my hero , he was the most down to earth nice person you could ever meet . He was so humble and low key , you would almost forget how special he was . Easy going , but so intelligent and with so much history . His is a generation of pioneers that will never be duplicated , only sadly missed .
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:53 PM   #16
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Through my friends Kate and Skip of Tweedy Lake, I had the great privilege to meet Laura and Tom, two months ago in their North Hollywood home. Never have I met more gracious and wonderful people! I was overwhelmed then, and my head is still spinning, from that visit. The man and his history will be sorely missed--. Godspeed Tom!
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