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Folks Of Interest Happy Birthday Gene Winfield!

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  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,201


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    Happy Birthday Gene Winfield!


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  2. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 9,809

    from Raytown Mo

    The first time I met Gene I wasn’t sure if I was more excited thst I had met him or that he was so nice. Happy early birthday Gene!
  3. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,366


    He always has time to talk to anyone who walks up. Such a gentleman. I took my son to Starbird Show in Tulsa 20 years ago and Gene spent ten minutes talking to my son about cars, showing him different things, and then the two of them posed for a picture. I saw Gene at same show a couple of years ago and told him how much I appreciated the time he gave to an 11 yr old kid, and he told me, "Be sure to tell him I said hi."

    Happy Birthday, Gene!
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  4. sdluck
    Joined: Sep 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,178


    HBD Gene
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  5. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,164


    image.jpeg Thank you for sharing your Knowledge, happy Birthday, Gene!!!
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  6. Gene celebrating his 90th at LARS. My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting him. Gene and I share the same birthday.:cool: He was 90 and I was 70 on that day. Why did he look better than me?:rolleyes:
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  7. 40two
    Joined: Feb 19, 2012
    Posts: 1,691


    Damn, such a cooool guy, Happy birthday, Mr. Winfield!
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  8. Happy early (by 12 days) 92nd Birthday @Gene Winfield Rod&Custom !!!

    Gene Winfield' & his '50 Merc at the 1954 National Roadster Show.jpg
    a 26 year old Gene receives his award at the 1954 National (Oakland) Roadster Show
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  9. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,517


    Happy Birthday, Gene!
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  10. jesdude
    Joined: Apr 26, 2012
    Posts: 151


    I didn't get to shake his hand but I saw him up close doing a live chopped top demo at a houston auto show a few years back and his energy and enthusiasm in person is awesome. Happy Birthday!
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  11. brad2v
    Joined: Jun 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,611


    I met him at the GNRS when he was 84. A genuinely nice guy. He hit on my wife. I sure hope I'm hitting on wives when I'm 84.
  12. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,182


    You rock Gene!!!
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  13. Happy B-day from a fan!
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  14. Met him at the Pate Swap Meet in Fort Worth several years ago. He walked up to my space and talked me down to $3 on a $5 hubcap. Went over to his space later that day and tried to talk him down on a part. He wouldn't budge. I paid asking price but I got an autograph, a handshake, and got to meet a custom car icon. Not a bad deal....Happy Birthday Mr. Winfield.
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  15. Chainsaw chipper
    Joined: Nov 29, 2007
    Posts: 108

    Chainsaw chipper
    from Illinois

    Happy birthday Gene,A real gem in the hot rod world.Thanks for being a great example to us and willing to share your knowledge.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2019
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  16. 40ragtopdown
    Joined: Jan 13, 2015
    Posts: 1,311


    Gene chopping a top at Detroit Auto Rama two years ago. Extremely talented and a genuine nice person. Happy early birthday Gene. 20180303_112539.jpg 20180303_113237.jpg
  17. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,703

    Atwater Mike

    Met Gene in '63...(I think) He was a great friend of Flyer's, (Flyer's Body Shop...Painting guru in San Jose) I said, "Hey, I know you...San Jose Autorama..."
    See him from time to time, he ALWAYS remembers me, by name...
    Gene and I had a 'comical rivalry' about who had the youngest lady, (wife or girlfriend) he beat me twice, I got him only once.
    Gene had a 'gag rivalry' going on with 'Blackie' Gejian, too. I was tickled by getting included in one of their (wink) 'arguments'...
    They were supposed to race each other in '54...Neither would bend about where. Blackie said "Fresno", Gene said he wouldn't go outa town for a 'race with no competition'. Huge laughter, the argument drew a crowd of maybe, 50? Still chuckle over that one.
    Happy birthday, Gene...
    "Uncle Mike"
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  18. If there is a 40 something or 50 or 60 something out there that isn't inspired by Mr.Gene Winfield, better check your pulse. Happy Birthday to someone who inspires us all. What a class act.
  19. das858
    Joined: Jul 28, 2010
    Posts: 643


    Gene flag started me at the kkoa drags in Salina a few years ago , what a treat !
  20. Dangerousdan
    Joined: Apr 12, 2018
    Posts: 50

    from Arizona

    Gene, Happy Birthday. Luv your taste and craftsmanship in destine and workmanship.
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  21. hudson48
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 2,304


    I got Gene's Award of Excellence for the Hudson when he came to Sydney for the Sydney Hot Rod Show in 2017.
    Very honoured with that.
    Sydney Hot Rod Show 2.jpg Sydney Hot Rod Show Presentation.jpg
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  22. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 7,955


    3 of my car gang brothers in the South Omaha Turds have helped him with chops at the Omaha World of Wheels. The greatest honor in their lives. I have been able to be around his great energy at those shows plus the KKOA event in Salina, where he flag started the drag races hours on end in the blazing sun. What a champion of champions.
  23. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,478

    Stu D Baker
    from Illinois

    Happy Birthday Gene.
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  25. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 12,992


    Keep on Keepen' on Gene...Happy Birthday...May your Birthday Cake be Chopped and Sectioned with Rolled and Pleated Icing...

    I Hope that stuff that grounded you is well behind you now...

    A Big Canucker Handshake your way...;)
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  26. Happy Birthday Gene
  27. A chopped, sectioned cake with rolled and pleated icing? What? No Winfield fade?

    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  28. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 12,992


    Sure that too and canted quad Hersheyettes Headlights too top it off...:D
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  29. Happy birthday, Windy.
  30. Happy Birthday !

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