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A moment of silence for another old Drag Racer lost

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kennkat, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. kennkat
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    The Legendary "4 speed Handler" Ken Dondero passed away this morning. I was speaking with Mr Bob Panella by phone this morning when he gave me the sad news. Upon talking to Winternationls Winner and Ex-Panella driver Phil Featherstone, I found out that Ken had become ill with "Alzheimer's Disease" some time back. I still have vivid memories of Ken pulling the 4 speed Muncie in that Anglia of Panella's!! Here's to you Ken, "Mr 4 Speed" R.I.P.
     

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  3. rick finch
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    Wow, sad news.:( Man, he made that 4-speed sound like an automatic...R.I.P. Ken
     
  4. 327Eric
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  5. sasquatch12
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    Agreed, RIP Ken. So many are leaving us, but time just never stops.
     
  6. Atwater Mike
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    Ken inspired me to powershift...he was faster than 'Frantic Fred Hawthorn'.
    Great teachers, these guys...

    Godspeed, Ken
     
  7. kennkat
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    I too was inspired by Ken Dondero.
    Here is a little know fact -
    That Muncie that Ken was 'pullin in Bob Panella's Anglia was a STONE STOCK "Rock Crusher" bought over the counter at "Chase Chevrolet" in Stockton... nothing was done to them but bolt in and fill with lube! :eek:
     
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  8. His shifting prowess brought smiles to a lot of us. Always loved watching him.

    Thanks for the good times Ken. Godspeed.
     
  9. ProStockJunkie
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    Sad to hear this news. I guess those of us from 'back in the day' have more behind us than lay ahead of us. I pray we all use our time wisely.

    Where did Ken live? I'd like to look for the obituary so I can pass it on to the others. Thanks in advance for any help you can give. Jackee
     
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  11. M224SPEED
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    Is this the same Ken Dondero that was a crew member for Bill Jenkins in the 70's?
     
  12. kennkat
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    Not just a "crew member" but 2 Time AHRA Pro Stock Champ driving for Bill.
     
  13. elgringo71
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    I hate to hear that we lost him. I told Joe and he was sad about it too. Not many people could shift a four speed like him.
     
  14. elgringo71
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    Ken lived in Tulare California
     
  15. R.I.P Ken Dondero. He made some sweet music on the 1/4 mile.
     
  16. Jalopy Joker
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    yesterday posted about another Drag Racing legend - Jim 'Fireball Shores' - passed away.
    Sincere sympathy goes out to Ken's family, friends and fans
     
  17. Hemiman 426
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    Yep, and Ken , IMHO, was a better driver...
     
  18. falcongeorge
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    Just heard this elsewhere, and did a search to see if it was on here. Not many guys drove blown 4 speed gassers like he did. RIP Mr Dondero...
     
  19. falcongeorge
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    I think Jenkins aknowledged as much... He drove for Nicholson too. Says a lot when guys like that hire you to drive...
     
  20. 296ardun
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    I was lucky enough to watch (and hear) him drive the Anglia, people who normally stayed in the pits went track-side to watch, because nobody could row a 4-speed like Ken.

    RIP
     
  21. Deuced Up!
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    R.I.P....Mr. 4 Speed
     

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