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Wally Parks

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. Ryan
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  2. Chris Casny
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    As said before, R.I.P.
  3. JimA
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    This marks the one one single greatest loss to hot rodding in its entire history. This man affected so many people in so many ways it cannot be grasped in a month of concentrated thinking. Truly sad, and must be remembered by all who ever enjoyed a hot rod magazine or a day at a drag race- just as a start. RIP Wally, hero of the rodding world :(
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    Sometimes words seem so inadequate,.... this is one of those times,
    Thank you Wally .
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    I hate to hear that. My condolences to the Parks family.
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    Godspeed Wally.
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    Sad to hear, Wally, my dad, and a number of others were the founding members of the local Dust Devils car club.....a plaque I still run in my truck today. Wally did so much for this passion we have. Godspeed Wally.
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    Wally Parks lived a long life and did many, many exceptional things for hot rodding and drag racing. He will be missed, but we should all be so lucky to have accomplished as much as he did by the time we punch out.

    Rest in peace.
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    R.I.P. Wally
    Thank you for all you did.
    Just don't know what to say. Very sad news.
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    Thanks and God speed Wally. Those dang angels must have been illegal cloud racing.
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    next time your out in the shop/garage, raise your wrench up in his honor.

    This man and many others who passed this year set the standard that we follow today.

    He will be missed.

    RIP and God Speed. [wipes tears away]
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    R.I.P. Wally, Thanks for everything.
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    Thank You Mr. Wally Parks. I hold the highest respect for you and whole heartedly appreciate what you have done. Without you, it would be hard to imagine how things would be. Your passion and dedication was, is, and will always be an important impact on me.

    Here's Wally inside the Pierson brothers coupe (orig. photo)

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    Here's a better pic and I just can't stop thinking about what he has done, rembering this great man.

    Ken
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    Very sad - the true godfather of hot rodding.
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    Icons will never die in the hearts of those that follow them.......talk about your hot rod heaven...THE MAN has finally arrived!!! Thanks for the ride here, Wally...my condolences to his family.
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    God Bless your soul Wally Parks ! So many thank you's for so much you have done . God (Wally) speed Brother . R.I.P.
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    a void has just opened in the hot rod world that no one will ever be able to fill.

    we were lucky to have him for so long.

    R.I.P.
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    what a great life it must have been . he saw it all. Rip
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    What a great photo. R.I.P.
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    Wow...Huge loss.. he changed the world.

    God Speed Mr. Parks.
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    He was & still is an inspiration in th Hot Rod world.
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    I can see it now; the Heavens Gate newspaper reports that Wally Parks and Pete Petersen are planning to open a new drag strip. Wild Willy Borsch, Big John Mazmaniam, Tony Nancy, Jungle Jim, among others are reportedly already building cars to compete. Gray Baskerville will be covering the event for the newly formed Heavenly Hot Rod assn………
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    As long as we remember, people never really die. Mr. Parks will out live us all.
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    Can honestly say I have been waiting to hear this, as sad as it is he was here for a long time, and as everyone else has said his acheivements will outlive him and probably grow his legend into a bigger man than he physically was.

    sad, sad day.
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    RIP Wally, I got to meet him for the first time at Hotrod Reunion last year, He left an everlasting effect on me, Quite a guy.
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    I just got in from work, I'm very sad....

    But, Wally did lead a very long & productive life.

    PIP Mr Parks.
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    :( I will think of Mr.Wally Parks as we enjoy the Jalpoy drags today.
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    wow, what can you say!
    Unfortunately I never got the chance to meet Wally, but I think like most of us. I felt like I knew him. He seemed like the kind of guy who could accomplish anything while still taking the time to talk to anyone. This picture always seemed to really bring it to light for me....here's Wally Parks....the guy who started it all...but still just a person sitting on a running board like the rest of us.
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    rest in peace Wally

    Zach
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    GOD SPEED WALLY! thanks for the gift of drag racing/hotrodding

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