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History Len Hughes Magneto

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by DigDugMd, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. DigDugMd
    Joined: Dec 18, 2011
    Posts: 14


    Sadly, I learned today that Len Hughes of Len Hughes Magneto passed away on Saturday, June 21. For those who don't already know Len was THE expert on Mallory and Vertex Mags. He opened his speed shop in Elmhurst IL in 1959 and began specializing in Magnetos in 1961. When Len passed, the racing and hot rod world lost a valuable resource of over 50 years of hands on experience and expertise in magnetos as well as an honest businessman and an all around nice guy who would generously share his vast racing knowledge with anyone. I think the lightning bolts in the night sky will flash just a bit brighter once Len gets GOD's Mags tuned properly.
  2. silent rick
    Joined: Nov 7, 2002
    Posts: 4,411

    silent rick

    sorry to hear. len converted a sbc magneto to chrysler hemi with tach drive for me. i don't know if it was because i was referred to him or what, he returned the newly rebuilt mag to me with a note stating what i owed him. he trusted me to send him a check if i was satisfied with his work. i told several others of his work. he will be missed.
  3. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,450

    rd martin
    from indiana

    i think i mentioned len to you rick. he did work for me also. great guy. i have set with him over the years and heard alot of great stories. len could and did put a mag in anything. he will be missed by many. he raced a chassis research dragster back in the day. i believe i heard back then he hung around with the greek. since they were both from illinois. r.i.p. lenny
  4. sr
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 400

    from Monterey

    I just found this post when I was searching for Lens new email. He did a magneto for me in 2003 and I just found the receipt and I wanted to send him another one. What a bummer. He was a great guy and did great work. So sad.

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