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Folks Of Interest George Delorean RIP

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by stuart in mn, May 17, 2022.

  1. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
    Posts: 2,282

    stuart in mn

    George Delorean passed away this week. He was pretty famous in the Pontiac world as a master engine builder. Matt from Irontrap Garage has a '32 Ford roadster that at one time belonged to his brother Jack.

    DeLOREAN, George Zachary; of Royal Oak; born May 16, 1932 in Detroit to Zachary and Kathryn DeLorean; passed away on May 14, 2022 at the age of 89; father of Stephen Matthew DeLorean and Leslie DeLorean (mother Carole DeLorean, deceased); grandfather of Matthew George DeLorean; brother of Jack DeLorean and his wife Karen DeLorean, the late Charles DeLorean and the late John DeLorean; and his last wife and caregiver, Eileen Erickson. George retired from Dart Machinery, owner of Leader Automotive and Wynn Engineering. George built some of the best custom hotrod engines. George drag raced for Mercury and built custom engines for Royal Bobcat. In his retirement George hosted the Saturday get-together for friends and old car guys at the Woodward Warehouse. He enjoyed building engines, racing cars, hanging out with friends and reading his Bible. Friends may visit Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston on Saturday, May 21st from 2:00pm-5:00pm concluding with a Memorial Service at 5:00pm. Inurnment White Chapel Cemetery, Troy. Please leave a memory or condolence on George’s online guestbook below.
  2. RIP to a local legend…he spent a lot of time at Detroit Dragway…had a bad ass Comet that went on to be owned by Wayne Gapp and the Hi Risers bitd

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    John DeLorean spanked Enzo !!! As an Italian I love it !!!!! This guy was the quintessential thinker and tinker-er .

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    and then designed and built this stainless steel thing that captivated everybody in the 80’s !
    they came with Volvo engines worked on a few of them back in the day .

    cool cars , cool guy. God speed .
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  4. George DeLorean circa 1965.jpg
    George Zachary DeLorean
    May 16, 1932 – May 14, 2022
    Last edited: May 17, 2022
  5. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,804

    from Canada

    Rest In Peace.
  6. Goodguys Gazette columnist, Albert Drake interviewed George back in 1981:

    George Z. DeLorean circa 1981 (by Albert Drake).jpg
    by Albert Drake - October 2020
    Last edited: May 18, 2022
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  7. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 3,098

    from NKy

    God Speed George , another true legend has passed . This is happening way to often . I have ask this before “ who’s goin to fill their shoes ? “
  8. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 7,410

    Marty Strode

    Al Drake did his interviews with a tape recorder, and he has some good ones of the Dry Lake Racers, when he wrote Flatout. Sounds like George was the real deal, and then some !
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  9. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 4,744


    George was a bit unique in that he was well connected in Detroit engineering circles yet rather than hit the big time and follow the NHRA circuit he stayed close to home. Maybe he didn’t want the hassle of being on the road so he was content to stay local and run his shop.
    Godspeed George.
  10. GearheadsQCE
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 3,183

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    I met George one time, through a mutual friend. I got the idea that he didn't like me much. But my buddy said, "Naw, he's just having a bad day."

    Sorry I didn't get to know him.
    R.I.P. George.

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