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Folks Of Interest Engine builder Jack Merkel passes away

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 1934coupe, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 3,523


    It is with profound sadness that I write this, my friend Jack Merkel passed away Sunday Jan 7 2018. Jack was an engine builder of many east coast gassers and modified cars, NHRA champion and record holder. He was inducted into the NHRA hall of fame at the Hot Rod Reunion in Epping NH. Jack never had a bad word to say about anyone and was always friendly, he will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, Jack.


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  2. Sorry to hear that...
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  3. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,092

    seb fontana
    from ct

    RIP Jack.....
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  4. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,985

    from Michigan

    Rest in peace sir....:(
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  5. AVater
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,106

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    My condolences to the family and his friends.
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  6. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 5,770


    I remember Jack from his early days at NY's Westhampton Raceway. Always a D/G winner in his gray and salmon colored 55 Chevy. RIP Jack.

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  7. elgringo71
    Joined: Oct 2, 2010
    Posts: 2,805


    I hate to hear this news. He was a legend and we just lost a lot of knowledge. We are loosing a lot of the guys that I look up to from the gas class era.
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  8. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,799


    Rest In Piece, Mr. Merkel
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  9. gary terhaar
    Joined: Jul 23, 2007
    Posts: 641

    gary terhaar
    from oakdale ny

    known him for 35 plus years, a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Helped many people get their start in the buisness,a hard worker and a exceptional thinker out of the box.
    The racing community lost a great one,no doubt.
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  10. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 3,207


    What a shame. Great builder, great guy.
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  11. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 25,253


    Well dam we are losing the good guys much too quickly. RIP Jack.
  12. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,410

    rd martin
    from indiana

    another legend gone.... rest in peace jack.
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  13. Thoughts and prayers to his family. RIP Jack.
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  14. He was always at the tracks on race day. At Islip I'd see him around all the time and he got paged, Jack Merkel, go see car # whatever. What is the status of the Willys? I know the restoration was started and almost completed.
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  15. Jimbo17
    Joined: Aug 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,607


    I am very sorry to hear that Jack Merkel as died.
    He was a real legend in the world of drag racing.

    Jim Hill
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  16. Rest in Peace Jack Merkel. Very lucky to meet and talk with Jack at the Meltdown, and to have a small contribution to the restoration of his '39, thru Ron Norman. His name was found on several Willys race cars during the gasser heydays. I was always intrigued to see a gasser with running boards, and I asked Jack about it. He said "I needed the weight to stay in B/Gas, and out of the A/Gas class. Loved the ' was a special car, built by a special guy.
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  17. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
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  18. 55chevr
    Joined: Jul 12, 2008
    Posts: 959


    I dropped off a block off for a build I am doing at Jack's shop in early December. His son Scott said he wasn't doing well. Jack was always approachable and helpful.
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  19. oldtymehiboy
    Joined: Jan 2, 2008
    Posts: 258

    from Indiana

    I just seen this.
    I'm Very sadden. What a Glorious & Awesome Man.
    A True Perfectionist & Gentleman.
    I would like to pass ago my Condolences to the Family.
    Peace be with You Jack Merkel !
    Bernie S.
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