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Wally Parks

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

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 16,186

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

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  2. Chris Casny
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 4,652

    Chris Casny

    As said before, R.I.P.
  3. JimA
    Joined: Apr 1, 2001
    Posts: 4,806


    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 :(
  4. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,648

    Harms Way

    Sometimes words seem so inadequate,.... this is one of those times,
    Thank you Wally .
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  5. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 15,518


    I hate to hear that. My condolences to the Parks family.
  6. Bumpstick
    Joined: Sep 10, 2002
    Posts: 1,370


    Godspeed Wally.
  7. Motochris
    Joined: Aug 13, 2007
    Posts: 129


    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.
  8. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
    Posts: 3,318

    from Dallas, TX

    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.
    Joined: Aug 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,917

    from Houston

    R.I.P. Wally
    Thank you for all you did.
    Just don't know what to say. Very sad news.
  10. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 11,763


    Thanks and God speed Wally. Those dang angels must have been illegal cloud racing.
  11. 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]
  12. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 5,752


    R.I.P. Wally, Thanks for everything.
  13. bonesy
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 2,950


    Very sad - the true godfather of hot rodding.
  14. Icons will never die in the hearts of those that follow about your hot rod heaven...THE MAN has finally arrived!!! Thanks for the ride here, condolences to his family.
  15. swazzie
    Joined: Mar 30, 2004
    Posts: 937


    God Bless your soul Wally Parks ! So many thank you's for so much you have done . God (Wally) speed Brother . R.I.P.
  16. Tetanus Shot
    Joined: Jan 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,168

    Tetanus Shot

    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.

  17. Casey
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,294

    Member Emeritus

    what a great life it must have been . he saw it all. Rip
  18. COOP666
    Joined: May 8, 2007
    Posts: 700

    from Burbank!

    What a great photo. R.I.P.
  19. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 8,974

    1. 60s Show Rods

    Wow...Huge loss.. he changed the world.

    God Speed Mr. Parks.
  20. movin/on
    Joined: Jan 18, 2007
    Posts: 860


    He was & still is an inspiration in th Hot Rod world.
  21. 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………
  22. Appleseed
    Joined: Feb 21, 2005
    Posts: 1,054


    As long as we remember, people never really die. Mr. Parks will out live us all.
  23. flatoz
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 2,905


    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.
  24. 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.
  25. I just got in from work, I'm very sad....

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

    PIP Mr Parks.
  26. mazdaslam
    Joined: Sep 9, 2004
    Posts: 2,526


    :( I will think of Mr.Wally Parks as we enjoy the Jalpoy drags today.
  27. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,075


    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's Wally Parks....the guy who started it all...but still just a person sitting on a running board like the rest of us.

    rest in peace Wally

  28. GOD SPEED WALLY! thanks for the gift of drag racing/hotrodding
  29. flatoz
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 2,905


    Heres a photo of my old man ( on the left) when he visited in '66 Wally was welcoming to 3 Australians visiting, so much so he gave them season passes to all NHRA events which they used as they traversed the US for 6 months. I guess he was just that kind of a guy.

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