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Old 02-24-2011, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default ★★★ The Gary Howard Fire... Spare a dime? ★★★



I've written about Gary Howard quite a bit in the past. I've followed him as a customizer since I was a kid and now call him a good friend. I just love the man. He's quiet. He's unassuming. He's genuine. He's everything that a fella should be w...

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Old 02-24-2011, 11:23 PM   #2
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Default Re: The Gary Howard Fire... Spare a dime?

It'll have to wait a couple days untill pay-day rolls around, but I'm in for a few bucks.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:23 PM   #3
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Default Re: The Gary Howard Fire... Spare a dime?

Dammit i hate being unemployed and broke at times like this!
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:25 PM   #4
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WOW Gary is great guy and did not deserve this....I can spare a few for a good man!
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:29 PM   #5
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Default Re: The Gary Howard Fire... Spare a dime?

OMG! Just heartbreaking. I'm so glad neither Gary nor his family got hurt. Wish I lived closer to help with the cleanup. I think a cookie auction to benifit the collection plate is in order though.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:34 PM   #6
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Well, Being as how I tried to chop my leg off monday and I don't have no insurance things are going to get real tight around here.....But I can tell this is pretty important to you and I think I can drum up a couple bucks to help out.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:38 PM   #7
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I have 4 dollars and 83 cents in my account. I just sent you 4 bucks. that's all I can spare.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:39 PM   #8
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i'd have bought the dude a pint of ale if it were in person... so i may as well send some beer money.

truly sorry to see this.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:44 PM   #9
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wow.... so sorry please let me know what I can do to help.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:47 PM   #10
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I'll go as far as driving to Texas to help build a new shop. I've been to his shop before and he was a very welcoming host to a bunch of folks he didn't even know.
Great guy in my book.


I'll send some dough to help out, and if there's a crew that will be helping to rebuild, please count me in. Will try to keep track of what develops....



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Old 02-24-2011, 11:47 PM   #11
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Love from Palookaville.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:48 PM   #12
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This just sucks! I was just talking yesterday about how cool it is to visit Gary's place.

Let me put my name in for whatever I can do. Truck and trailer? Heavy equipment operator? Handyman? hard labor? You name it!
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:54 PM   #13
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that just sucks gary has done some fine cars in that little shop I could eats some cookies how about it lady cruzer
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:14 AM   #14
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Gary is a friend and his Interviews on my WebSite are always favorites with visitors. He & his wife are truly some of the kindest, nicest, people you'll ever meet. PLUS, Gary is one of the best builders & painters in the country...a true craftsman.

This is really a tragedy. And, thanks Ryan...I didn't know it had happened. I'll contact him tomorrow.

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Old 02-25-2011, 12:15 AM   #15
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I`m in,hope it helps at least a bit.Sad news.
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:20 AM   #16
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That sucks. Sorry to hear, done.
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:55 AM   #17
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I don't have much but what ever i can do he's got it......please put this as a sticky or what ever it;s called ........much respect to gary..............
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:32 AM   #18
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I was out there most of the afternoon helping Gary assess the damage. It is a total loss as you can see from the pics. The worse part is Gary has to keep working on what he does for a livin. Building the finest customs in the land. Gary works by himself and that's what makes this really tough on him. Reggie and I are going back out tomorrow to get his electricity going in his other shop right behind the one that burned down so he can get back to work. Trying to get him some air too as in a compressor. As you can see in the one pics, his compressor was a casualty also. Got to have juice and air to make it happen out there. The shop that burned was his original shop turned paint booth where built and painted so many of the award winning cars over the years. He lost all his paint equipment and supplies, many tools along w/ the customer's merc that he couldn't get out in time. By the time he saw what was going on out there it was too late. Gary does consider himself very fortunate though that no one was hurt and only the one bldg was destroyed. It was very windy and because of paint supplies the fire got very hot very quickly. It could have been so much worse, but this is Gary's life and livelyhood and this is what he does to put food on the table and take care of his family so its really tough right now. Like Ryan said he is a prince and didn't deserve this and we are going to try and make it right for him. I know he really appreciates all your thoughts and help in this time of need. Thanks so much for helping out our dear friend. He's family.

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Old 02-25-2011, 05:50 AM   #19
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Truly sad news.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:53 AM   #20
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Man I hate to hear this. We had a house fire when I was little and we lost everything. I remember it like it was yesterday. I had saved up an extra thousand for some art at the Roundup, but this is more important. Tell Gary I just sent him a grand to put towards a new compressor.

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