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"Big John" Mazmanian Dead

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by stan292, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. stan292
    Joined: Dec 6, 2002
    Posts: 857


    Gang -

    Just heard from another e-group that the legendary (and universally liked) "Big John" Mazmanian has succumbed to cancer. No details as yet.

    You "oldtimers" will instantly recognize the name - and recall his string of gorgeous, and very successful race cars in the '60s and '70s.

    If you're too young to know the name - you'd do well to give it a "google".

    RIP "Big John"
  2. Insane Rob
    Joined: Jun 22, 2006
    Posts: 71

    Insane Rob

    :( Its a sad thing...Im not a old timer but I know who that is.
    His "football" is one of the most famous gasser.
    Was for sale too on Im not sure if it will still be for sale or not...
    Well another sad day for the racing comunity.
  3. I'm young, but I know he's a legend in his time. I had a few model kits of his cars.
  4. FWilliams
    Joined: Apr 24, 2001
    Posts: 1,984


  5. RIP, John. See ya at the top end. John was proof that being totally competitive did not mean that one couldn't be the nicest guy in the world. I hadn't kept in touch while he was sick. But my Viper brother John Hogan introduced us and I was very honored to meet one of my biggest heros. Maz was one of a kind. Those are shoes that will never be filled. Never!

    Godspeed, John, say hello to everyone up in drag racers heaven.
  6. Man this is sad news.
    I was fortunate enough as a kid to hang around Mazmanian from time to time.
    My dad & John were there from the beginning of Drag Racing & they were very good friends.
    John Mazmanian turned me on to Armenian String got to a point where they had to hide it when i hung out!!
    I helped out on a couple of the candied Cudas & will never forget it.
    Rest In Peace Big John,,
    Troy Cagle
  7. jalopy43
    Joined: Jan 12, 2002
    Posts: 3,085

    Member Emeritus

    Sad to hear... Godspeed Big John. Condolences to the entire family..Sparky
  8. Gas Stove-bolt
    Joined: Aug 9, 2005
    Posts: 581

    Gas Stove-bolt

    Prayers go out to the family. I was a big fan in the late 60,s early 70's. :(
  9. Damn, seems like once a month another racing legend is lost to us forever. RIP Big John.
  10. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,868

    Harms Way

  11. What a great old photograph,,,one word,
  12. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 20,441


  13. 392_hemi
    Joined: Jun 16, 2004
    Posts: 1,737


    That's sad news. He was a giant!
  14. His Candy Red Willys was the alltime greatest Gasser in my opinion. Sad to see these guys passings.
  15. Sad news....

    RIP Big John

    This is the clone car at Vegas this past Easter

  16. QQMOON
    Joined: Oct 7, 2002
    Posts: 1,309


  17. Godzilla
    Joined: Jul 26, 2005
    Posts: 999


    When I got my Willys PU back in January it had Maz's autograph on the dash. I dropped him an email and asked if he remembered being in my PU...not really expecting to hear back from him. He answered my email right away. He was great...and it was fantastic to hear from him. I am thankful that I got to tell him how much I loved to see him race.........................
  18. beatnik
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,207


    Another great one gone, RIP.

  19. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,954


    I was lucky to have meet him a few times and talk with him. We supplied Champion spark plugs to him and JR Thompson ( as well as others ) back in the day.
  20. damn ,must be a big meet coming up above
  21. Dang. I said hi to him at Bakersfield MM in 03, he seemed like one of those really nice guys, he acted like he knew me, I had to look around to make sure his best friend wasn't standing behind me. :eek::) It's a real shame a lot of the pioneers are getting up there...RIP
  22. Big John and the Stone,Woods and Cook cars were two of my favorites.Sad day indeed! RIP
  23. AZAV8
    Joined: May 3, 2005
    Posts: 997

    from Tucson, AZ

    I will miss Big John and his cars. I always loved the Corvette, and I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Ford man. His cars always had "attitude". Its nice to hear from those who knew him that he was such a nice guy.

    Condolances to his family.
  24. Zettle Bros.
    Joined: Oct 17, 2004
    Posts: 1,332

    Zettle Bros.

    Man, some bad news indeed. John's willy's were some of the cars that inspired us when we built the GTO. RIP
  25. Spike!
    Joined: Nov 22, 2001
    Posts: 2,733


    Very sad to hear that..

  26. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,661

    from Kent, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    What a shame, his cars have been the inspiration of many. True race/show
  27. Preacher
    Joined: Dec 23, 2002
    Posts: 1,956

    Member Emeritus

  28. Sad news... we're losing all the older generation of the greats...
  29. Dat Dirty Rat
    Joined: Jan 15, 2003
    Posts: 3,502

    Dat Dirty Rat

    Man,,,we have lost some good guys this year!

    Gone but never forgotten..

  30. Littleman
    Joined: Aug 25, 2004
    Posts: 2,619

    Alliance Member
    from OHIO, USA

    My instincts tell me that Mazmanian is match racing his good buddy Doug Cook right about now...........Those two where nothing but the best.......Littleman

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