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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jeff J, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. Jeff J
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
    Posts: 958

    Jeff J

    Some of you new that Bob Klessig was my best friend of 45 + plus years ! And we did a lot together from driving Coast to Coast ,and going to Bonneville Salt Flats and one on the best part was when he was able to go with me to go to S.E.M.A to be in my booth with me,as that was a long time accomplishment and dream for me and him, being at my side pushing me to go! Well that year I won 3 Media Global awards for my product and last year he missed seeing me winning Product Of The Year at N.S.R.A Nationals in Louisville,Ky.! Thanks Buddy I miss you and I'm sure a lot of people do also!
    Well, got the surprise of my life a little time back as he willed his 1952 Chevrolet Convertible to me and my wife ! We flew up to Antigo/Rhinelander,Wis. and picked up the car and drove it back home to Wingate,N.C. and it never missed a lick coming home with us ! So in all been busy for the last 3 weeks between picking up the car and going to product shows and grandson graduation in St.Louis. Plus my computer taking a crash. So there is a auction going on for some of Bob's stuff if you would like some of his stuff for memories ! Here's the link ,and thanks ya all for posting it Too! bob sign.jpg bob sign.jpg i phone 154.JPG PHONE 002.JPG
  2. Jeff J
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
    Posts: 958

    Jeff J

    Just wanted to say Bob is with us just sleeping a little bit !
  3. WOW!
    What a honor to be remembered by your pal. A living memory, for sure. You are a blessed man, just knowing him.
    Hamtown Al, MO_JUNK, loudbang and 5 others like this.
  4. Bob knew the 52 would be in good hands!

    So good to see you at GG/Raleigh! Mrs. Tad's car is gorgeous!

  5. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,734


    Fantastic, you will be a Great caretaker! I mean, what's the first thing your did? Road Trip! Best Wishes, Carp.
  6. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 18,914


    Quite a moving Honor that is, may he Rest in Peace and yeah that's beyond special...
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2019
  7. Wow, what an honor. Congratulations, you have big shoes to fill.
  8. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,143


    What an honor. Take care of it. I would love to see it back on the road.
  9. Hombre
    Joined: Aug 22, 2008
    Posts: 1,048


    Must have been a hell of a good friend, Both him and you. Drive it with pride, I am sure he will live again each time.
  10. Congratulations, you are indeed blessed for Bob to have thought so much of you, I know from personal experience loosing your best friend is a hard pill to swallow but with Bob's old Chevy now in your possession you can still enjoy a passion you and he shared.

    Bob knew who needed to be the caretaker. :) HRP
  11. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,649


    Wonderful way to remember a friend.
  12. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,708


    Wow, Jeff, that's the mark of a true friend. Thanks for posting.
  13. BTW, I really miss Bob's whacky sense of humor. HRP
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  14. 40two
    Joined: Feb 19, 2012
    Posts: 1,869


    Hell, this is great, he took so many rides with this car, now it is your turn to take care while Bob is watching from up above.
  15. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,138

    from KCMO

    That’s awesome. Gonna be a lot of story telling every place you take it, hope you drive it as much as you can :)
  16. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,899


    That is outstanding! I was hoping that little car would stay in the HAMB family.

    How many miles does it have on the clock, 100 bazillion??

  17. Deadbird
    Joined: Jul 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,117


    Wow! That's very cool. Great way to remember a friend. Hope to see the Chevy around someday.
  18. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,494

    Atwater Mike

    Bless you, his memory will live on.
    My good friend Dick Powell (fuel boat racer) passed in '08, left me his 354 Hemi.
    It is on a stand just inside my garage, next to the house entrance. I smile as I think of him.
  19. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,585


    Are you going to drive it back to the midwest this summer so we can say hi?
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  20. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,942

    from DFW USA

    Congratulations, hope to see Bob's old Chevy making some more trips!

    As an aside - I bid on some of B:)B's small parts, and was wondering if I can work out a way to pay someone planning to attend the auction that can help me with pickup and shipping back to TX. Thank you!
  21. Jeff J
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
    Posts: 958

    Jeff J

    When I picked it up it had 212000 miles and just turned it over to 214000
  22. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,562


    I can't think of a better person as it's care taker and traveling companion. We do expect some road trip exploits from that car in the future.
    I've got several small things marked on my watch list on the auction and the auction system is a good and honest one. Word to the wise, it won't allow you to snipe an auction in the last second though as it will reload about 90 seconds on the clock allowing other bidders a chance to decide if they want to bid again.
    I picked up a bunch of nice shop equipment though it at an estate sale about 50 miles from me and bought an ot car with it last year.
  23. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,854


    I had wondered what was going to happen with this car, and I'd be lying if I said I'm not a little jealous, but I am glad to know it's in good hands, and that's clearly what Bob wanted.
  24. Hombre
    Joined: Aug 22, 2008
    Posts: 1,048


    Yes he did have a sense of humor. This gives a whole new meaning to "Salt Water Fishing"
  25. Eagletucky
    Joined: Feb 21, 2005
    Posts: 728


    Very cool! Congrats!
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  26. SDhotrod
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 592


    That car is a HAMB icon. So much enjoyed reading his travel threads. Glad it's in good hands.
  27. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,256


    What a honor, Bob knew you were the right caretaker for something that was obviously very important to him. I hope the memory of your friend makes you smile every time you get behind the wheel...
  28. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,718


    First: we all miss Bob and are very happy that his convertible will stay in the H.A.M.B.

    Second: I've ridden to supper in that car, and I bet about half of the H.A.M.B. members can say the same thing.

    Third: I wish Bob were here to see the sleepy pic. He did the very same thing to me one year at the H.A.M.B. drags. I had tried to hang with the young'uns the night before, staying up 'til after 3:00 and then out at the track at O-dark-thirty. He took a pic of me sleeping in my lawn chair and posted it here for all to see.

    Fourth: I sure hope to see the car again somewhere sometime.

    Fifth: can you get a N. C. plate that reads H.A.M.B.?
  29. tub1
    Joined: May 29, 2010
    Posts: 484

    from tasmania

    Every time you and your wife go any were in that car Bob will be in the back seat smiling

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