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Barney Navarro

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,703

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

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  2. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 13,598


    the hills echo his thunder yet
  3. lucky_1974
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 1,061


    Truely a loss for everyone. Prayers and blessings.
  4. People don't always know or remember where innovations come from. Barney Navarro was an innovator of the first order and will be missed in this hobby. Prayers to his family and godspeed from me also.
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  5. WildWilly68
    Joined: Feb 1, 2002
    Posts: 1,700


    One of the true pioneers. He has left a legacy that will be felt for many many more years.
  6. Didnt have an opporturnity to meet Barney.
    I am sure I missed alot. A very talented man who was a genius.
    His creativity went into areas that we never knew.

    Navarro Engineering’s experience isn't limited to the track - Mr. Navarro has been involved in many specialty products over the years, including the development of a heart-lung machine used for thirteen years at the Kaiser Hospital in Hollywood.
  7. jchav62
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,080


  8. Coupe-De-CAB
    Joined: Sep 30, 2004
    Posts: 2,098

    from Nor Cal

    His legacy will still live on in peace Barney:)
  9. Elrod
    Joined: Aug 7, 2002
    Posts: 3,525


    Shesh! That's some sad news. A true innovator indeed! I plan on using one of his circle track tricks on my flathead to keep it from overheating. From interviews I've read of him, he was a really interesting guy. Rest in Peace Barney!
  10. One of the greats.
  11. 53chevy
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,509


    An awesome man for sure! His tech articles in Hop Up were brilliant. He kinda seemed liked a one man show too. Going to lakes with Barney Navarro was a great story. Heck the writer even pitched in to help Barney. Thank you, for what you have done.

  12. Joe T Creep
    Joined: Jan 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,145

    Joe T Creep

    It is inevitable for all of us, but its always a shame when someone like him passes away.
    Rest in Pride.
  13. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 3,284

    Rand Man

    Our Flathead rail got one of the last intakes before he sold out. It's a fine piece. Good to see he stayed in the game as long as he did. He will be missed.
  14. Mike
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 3,090


    Rats. R.I.P.
  15. scootersnpie
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 201


    Rest in Peace My Friend as the Pain Ends. Your Engine will thunder Soon ! Gods Speed Hero!
  16. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 5,797

    from Phoenix,AZ

    A lot of legends of Hot Rodding have passed this last year,the bench racing behind those Pearly Gates must be awesome!Guess we all need to clean up our act so we can check it out when the time comes.R.I.P. Barney!
  17. It is always a sad thing when one of us passes away, but Barney will truely be missed. He was a true hot rod innovator of the first order.

    He will be sorely missed.
  18. Henry Floored
    Joined: Sep 18, 2004
    Posts: 1,370

    Henry Floored

    A few years back I had the honor of talking Flatheads with Barney Navarro on the phone. Nice man and patient with me. It was one of the conversations in my life that I'll never forget. It felt to me like after God created the Flathead he sent Barney Navarro to earth to preach Flatheaders gospel, and I felt lucky to be someone to hear it first hand. Seriously though Mr. Navarro is yet another member of the "Great Generation" that has left us. I dunno if we baby boomer's can ever fill their shoes. R.I.P. Mr. Navarro
  19. Hell.....

    Met him at Goodwood when he had the roadster there in 2002, great guy.

    RIP Barney.
  20. Rusty
    Joined: Mar 4, 2004
    Posts: 9,408


    sad sad news
  21. plan9
    Joined: Jun 3, 2003
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  22. ALindustrial
    Joined: Aug 7, 2007
    Posts: 852


    nobody ever makes it out alive.. but he is in a better place probably doing what he loves best. Godspeed!
  23. dirthawker1313
    Joined: Apr 18, 2005
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  24. Kilroy
    Joined: Aug 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,193

    from Austin, TX

    He was a true gentleman-genius...

    I hold our brief conversations, and the time I spent with him sacred.

    In life you do many things and have many intrests. These interests are associated with people... Founders...
    People who walked the path that you found and in fact, blazed the way for you to follow days, months, years later.

    You hold these people with a certain, measurable, esteem that spawns day-dreams about what it might have been like to BE that person and do what they did, how they did it, and in the time they did it. If you're lucky enough to be living in the same time as they are, you think about what it would be like to actually meet them.

    You build them up based on your idealized interpretation of what they did and who you imagine they are which likely has little basis in any kind of truth.

    But from time to time you meet someone who actually increases in stature AFTER you meet them.

    For me, Barney Navarro was one of those people.

    If it sounds sappy, you never met him... Or don't like hot-rods...
  25. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,022

    1. 60s Show Rods

    R.I.P Mr. Navarro a true legend
  26. 392_hemi
    Joined: Jun 16, 2004
    Posts: 1,738


    Used to stop by his shop in Glendale whenever I got out to LA and a couple of years back finally bumped into him. We spent several hours bench racing and talking flatheads. I'll always remember that. Sure has been a tough year for the hot rod community (Peterson, Navarro, etc.). RIP.
  27. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,366

    Kevin Lee
    Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    It's very rare that I'll be out in my garage fiddling with a flathead and not think about the things Barney Navarro has done. Options abound.
  28. people are always going to mercy in death. barney's 27 is my all time favorite. because he jam packed his life with as much as he could...barney was imortal long before his death. think his gravestone will be made out of cast aluminum? good thing flesh rots faster then steel!
    rest in speed.
  29. Tbomb428
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 506

    from SoCal

    R.I.P. Mr. Navarro.

    I feel lucky to have seen him drive his roadster at the Muroc Reunion in '97.

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