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Motion Pictures In Memory of Tom Willford

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Phred426, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. Phred426
    Joined: Sep 7, 2013
    Posts: 2


    Hello all;

    Here is a video that my friend Kenny Kudo took at Woodburn Drag Strip in Oregon of the AA/GS altered's including Tom in what I think was his first year of running his truck. Kenny did a "GREAT" job of videoing the day. I'll be posting a video that I took while crewing on Kent Keller's AA/GS 1933 Willy's soon in which we raced Tom in Woodburn. Tom does a great burnout in that video!

    I was lucky enough to have met Tom in 1975 at Voc-Tech school in Tacoma before his helicopter accident. Nothing changed Tom. Not the war, the accident, money, etc. Tom was exactly the same person before his accident as he was afterwards. I was very lucky to have known Tom all those years and I'm so glad that Kenny filmed so much of Tom this day.

    Regards; Fred Cline

    Enjoy Kenny's video...........R.I.P. Tom!!!!!

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  2. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,169


  3. I met Tom Willford in 1968 at the Pomona swap meet. We became friends, and Tom made a few trips back east to Connecticut. He bought a nice 1933 Willys coupe from a friend of mine, and we helped him load all the parts even though he didn't want our help. After Tom's second helicopter accident he always said that he wasn't handicapped, but he just couldn't walk. It was tough keeping up with Tom in his wheelchair in Pomona, as he was always on the prowl for more goodies. I am proud and thankful to have known Tom. R.I. P.
  4. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,076

    Jalopy Joker

    Thanks for sharing
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  5. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,005

    Marty Strode

    Fred, Thank You for putting this on YouTube, and also to Kenny Kudo for the priceless footage of our old pal Tom, anyone who ever met him, felt their lives were richer for it ! The picture below was taken the day before, when Tom rented the Woodburn Dragstrip, along with Jim Epler, who would go on to fame in Funny Cars. It was Tom's first time in the seat of the truck, after I had raced it at the Nostalgia Nationals at Fremont, a month earlier. I am doing the pushing, right behind me is the late Jerry Hill, noted race car builder from here in Oregon, along with Rick Apple, who helped out on the restoration. Kenny's camera work is especially good with the closeups of Tom, and showing the hand controls that made it possible for him to handle the truck, and the smile he always had on his face. I only wish that Tom would have been to the last CHHR, to have seen the truck looking so good, and performing so well after 30 years ! 2012-08-29 123243.jpg
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  6. Outstanding!! and your right "Nothing changed Tom. Not the war, the accident, money," He was a grate friend along with several of the others in the Video. Those were the days no doubt. Grate times fond memories. Your timing is unbelievable. I just had lunch Friday with Earl Floyd and dinner with Wayne Harry. I don't see Jack Coonrod often enough. Grate film and grate Friends for sure. Those were the Days!
    The Wizzard
  7. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,259


    I made him a heck of a deal on an old Hydro-Stick I had, FREE; did't know who I was talking to on the phone, he just said his name was Tom. When he showed up in his rusty blue and white Chevrolet dually, and then got into his wheelchair, with the Adam's (Gasser Wars Magazine) there to help, I knew instantly who he was. It was only a year or two later I read of his illness, and later passing, here on the HAMB. Life's not fair, and he had more than his share of that, but I was amazed at how it had't gotten him down. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
  8. Lytles Garage
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 619

    Lytles Garage

    Sure miss Tom's phone calls ! He was one of a kind !!..... miss lining up beside him too !!!... Chris
  9. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,361


    Sad for sure. Tom was always ready for some conversation and bench racing.

  10. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,569


    I met Tom when he was building his own home, with ropes, pulleys, boards AND GUTS...

    WHATA MAN !!!!!

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