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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,757

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    Don Montgomery


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  2. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,781


    Don's books are must-reads for every serious hot rodder. He spent his life documenting how it really was, not for his own enrichment but to pass that which meant so much to him personally to others to come after his and our passing. Our hobby and lifestyle is richer for Don Montgomery's efforts. Thanks, Don, ya' done good.
  3. He was a very accommodating HAMB'r, to many also starstruck members. Never one to not answer a conversation, and not be engaging and extremely helpful, in kind. An incredible, and duly noted gift for a surely busy man.
  4. rod1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Posts: 631


    A fitting tribute to a true legend..
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  5. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 4,667

    Staff Member

    Created his own path...…..that interested others to follow.

    Don's books are a must read.
  6. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,075


    Very sorry to hear of his passing. Condolences to his family and friends. We have all been enriched by his knowledge and insight. God speed sir.
  7. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 1,892


    I didn’t hear of his passing but knew he was getting up there in age. Met him in 1991 at the Street Rod Nats in OKC. Bought the whole set of books from him at that time and he signed them for me. He talked with me for a long time, great guy. RIP Rockerhead

    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
  8. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 14,145


    You had some time with Rockerhead...that's pretty special...and a nice memorial in his leaving us.

    Pretty honored to have met this fella even though only virtually through this great Platform The Hamb, who had unquestionably done the walk many times over...

    His threads here with the history stand as parts of a legacy of his that will inspire those that care of how great the Hotrod/Custom/Race movement was in all the fog of the big picture...glad I found it...and what a nasty Deuce Coupe he had...

    Rest in Peace Hamber Rockerhead
  9. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,752

    from DFW USA

    Don has been an awesome ambassador for the hobby. I don't think there is a more influential voice out there; can you think of one? He experienced it all firsthand, had an infectious enthusiasm, and had a great way with words. RIP!
  10. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 890


    94AF3538-D84D-432E-811B-ECC606734AF3.jpeg Really sad to hear he passed. I’d always hoped to meet him. I got this book back when it came out. Condolences to his family.
  11. Damn. I didn't know he passed away. He was a legend and an important member of the H.A.M.B. :(
    May his legacy live on.
  12. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,757

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    That's the first time I met him as well... and got him to sign my books.

    That NSRA Nats was the only NSRA event I've ever attended. Met Don, Coonan, The P, Fortier, McPhail, and a few other folks that have changed my life since. Weird deal. I've never even considered going to an NSRA deal since... and yet that single event probably changed me more than any other.
  13. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 2,295


    I met him at the CHRR years ago, he was friendly and gracious, and possessed a wealth of knowledge. That photo of him charging off the line on his Willys is especially fitting.
    Godspeed Don, and thanks for the memories.
  14. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,812

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    I had his books before there was this fad called the internet.
    R.I.P. Don
  15. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 10,285

    from Raytown Mo


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  16. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
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    First caller bought, have others, let me know yer needs..
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  17. 40ragtopdown
    Joined: Jan 13, 2015
    Posts: 1,358


    R.I.P. Don Montgomery our condolences to his family and friends.
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  18. I also have all Dons books. They are very special to me and kept in a place of honor. Thanks Don for all you did on this earth of hot rods. R.I.P.
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  19. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,003


    I am an especially lucky man. I bought books from Don at various venues over the years. Always in person and always signed by Don. We spent many hours chatting and was always in awe of his encyclopedic memory of days since passed. His blue deuce three window inspired me to install F2 brakes on my own roadster. He leaves a void of knowledge that his wonderful books can only partially fill. R I P Don.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2019
  20. TerrytheK
    Joined: Sep 12, 2004
    Posts: 806


    Had not read any of his books until recently although I have heard many good things about them. I just checked out a copy of "Hot Rod Memories, Relived Again" through my regional library system and it's at home, sitting on my coffee table as I type this. About a quarter of the way through it, great read. The pics alone are priceless!
    Never met him but sad to hear that he has passed. He's joined a stellar crew of founders, movers and shakers who have recently gone on. RIP, Don Montgomery.
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  21. bonesy
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 2,999


    What a great contribution to the hot rod world. I've literally read the covers off more than a couple of his books. RIP.
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  22. The Wrong-Un
    Joined: Oct 8, 2004
    Posts: 402

    The Wrong-Un

    Don’s books helped to change everything. He opened up the scrapbooks of the past to lead us into the future. Without that lead, there’s a good chance we wouldn’t be where we are now. His books remain the best source of reference, regardless of what you might find on the internet.

    A gentlemen and a scholar, the world won’t be the same without him.

    RIP Don.
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  23. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 14,145


    Bttt...just a nudge for those who may not be aware...
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2019
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  24. Emperor Chris
    Joined: Oct 9, 2007
    Posts: 469

    Emperor Chris
    from Nor Cal
    1. Upholstery

    Talked to him on the phone a couple of years back while doing some research on a Russetta timing tag I acquired. He mailed me a xerox copy of his old Velociteers club plaque. Super nice man. Godspeed Sir.
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  25. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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  27. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 14,145


    I believe it was a Model A Coupe...
  28. andydodge
    Joined: Sep 28, 2008
    Posts: 935


    I'm a little surprised that this mans passing has been so muted..........I have his books and even here in Oz they have shown me what it must have really been like back then..............thank you doesn't seem enough but is said in all sincerity, my condolences to his friends and family.......Andy Douglas
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  29. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 14,145


    To be fair this post by Ryan is not really outwardly written as a memorial and may easily be overlooked as a story about the Late Don as there is no real indication till later is his story that he had passed. @HEMI32's thread is more visibly a memorial thread but nonetheless both speak of a man who spent his life around the Hotrod/Custom/Race evolution and documented and shared it.

    On top of that he found The Hamb a place where he could be like all of us...a member and a voice in just talking Hotrod...

    Here is the link to @HEMI32's Memorial Thread...
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019
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  30. What a great loss to the world of "Hot Rods", the HAMB and mostly to his family and friends. R.I.P.
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