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Folks Of Interest Leonard Woods left this world today

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bobwop, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. Ditto..Rest in Peace Mr. Woods. :) So ironic how some of these iconic figures, such as a WWII bomber pilot, pass in an undignified way. Kinda sad, but thanks for sharing the news. Truth be told, he left one hell-uva legacy behind. So maybe it was not all bad. :confused:
  2. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,708


    A sad day indeed. R.I.P. Mr. Woods.

    Here from

    Lenny Woods, Chino Hills Ford Owner, Found Dead in Dealership
    Wednesday, 22 September 2010 20:30

    Cheryl Brown –

    Timothy “Lenny” Woods was in business and a very proud owner of Chino Hills Ford for 30 years. Woods was found dead at his dealership on Tuesday morning.

    [Lenny Woods]

    Lenny Woods
    Woods was born in Riverside, 64 years ago, into a family of builders and racecar enthusiasts. His father Timothy Leonard Woods, had the first Black owned construction company and built neighborhoods on the eastside of the city. The family was also the first Black drag car racers and raced a 41 Willy’s car named Stone, Woods, and Cook. They were always race favorites and have many trophies to show for it.

    In Riverside, he attended Longfellow Elementary School before the family relocated to Los Angeles. He later graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

    Fast forward, Woods knew the car business and was prepared when Ford instituted the Minority Dealership Program.

    He was one of a few Black owned dealerships in the nation to be developed by automakers in the country. He was highly successful and had developed a market niche.

    In 2003, the market began changing, housing was exorbitant, gasoline was on an upward climb, and the appetite for American cars changed drastically.

    In April of 2010, due to a failing economy, he became one of the casualties and was forced to close his dealership and return or sell his inventory. He was unsuccessful in getting a loan from the banks after their bailout, a loan from the city, that had recently received stimulus money, and when that failed he had no where else to turn.

    Known as a hard-nosed businessman with a soft side, he helped little league teams, car racers, and community organizations of all kinds especially in Chino but he could not overcome the economy.

    Wife Cynthia, daughter Dana, son Timothy III, and two grandchildren, sister Sandra Woods-Wellington and a host of relatives and friends survive him.

    Memorial arrangements are not announced at this time.
  3. This is indeed sad news. Condolences to the family.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2010
  4. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,518

    from Hypocrisy

  5. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,422

    from Owasso, OK

    Rest in peace, Mr. Woods. Thoughts and prayers are with the family and all who knew him.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2010
  6. SWC was, and will always be at the top of the list when we talk of racing history. Truly one of the best teams of the era, and they never failed to put on a good show. Let's hope they're all together now, discussing what the new car will be when we ALL assemble for the "WORLD FINALS!"

    Peace, Mr. Woods.
  7. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
    Posts: 6,212

    general gow
    Staff Member

    terribly sad. my thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Woods' family and friends.
  8. ardyboy
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 664


    sad news
    R.I.P. Mr. Woods
  9. fiveohnick2932
    Joined: Mar 29, 2006
    Posts: 889

    from Napa, Ca.

  10. Buick59
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,994

    from in a house

    I bought a car from him in the early 90's. The saddest part of this story is going to be for his family. They are left with shattered pieces.
  11. Thoughts and prayers from Montana. May the Woods family find some measure of peace and solace.

    - for me the SWC trio was legendary -
  12. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,477

    from WA

    RIP.....positive thoughts to his family.....
  13. Very sad ending for a First Class Guy, My condolences to His Family and Friends.
  14. Damn!! that sucks! Stone, woods,& cookie cook, were the pivotal rodders, breaking down all kinds of barriers! I must have built that Revell model a thousand times! god speed Leonard!
  15. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,004

    rick finch

    R.I.P. Leonard Jr.:(

    Last edited: Sep 23, 2010
  16. RIP, Leonard...
  17. Hotrodbuilderny
    Joined: Mar 20, 2009
    Posts: 1,646


    R.I.P he will be missed
  18. DITTO ! .........................he done good while he was here.
  19. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,161


    How very sad, Mercy on his soul.
  20. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,040


    Sad-but how you live is more important than how you die. Prayers for his family and friends.
  21. sad news. R.I.P.
  22. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,197


    rip your crew was and always be my hero,s the stone woods and cook team show how the car people like people for who they are if anyone has pictures of the team with thier famous willy,s please post them
  23. BadgeZ28
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 987

    from Oregon

    Their car was the big dog of AA/GS. Everyone else played catch up. RIP
  24. Wo! This is news to me! I heard rumors that one of the team members of the S.W.C team owned a Ford dealership somewhere in So. Cal. But never would of guessed its one of the ones closest to home, wich I drive by all the time.. Small world..
    Just shows the tough times we are living in.. R.I.P.

  25. 100% Matt
    Joined: Aug 7, 2006
    Posts: 2,453

    100% Matt


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  26. Sad news to hear. R.I.P. Leonard , God please you . My thoughts & prayers to the family .
  27. SuperJim
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
    Posts: 191

    from Minnesota

    He will be missed by many. My condolenses to the family.
  28. Sad news indeed, well respected and legendary. May He rest in peace, Rickbop said it well concerning the courage it takes to take that step. We all must reflect how important each day is and why we are here. If anyone is feeling down, just remember we were winners from the beginning, we all, each one of us won the biggest race of all, the sperm race, we were the strongest swimmers from the very start of life. Millions lost and we won a chance to live!
  29. Amen... Sad to hear the news of Leonard's passing.

    I bought a truck from his dealership last year. While in the waiting room there, I walked down a hallway and saw all these pictures hanging of the Willys'. So, of course I started asking questions about them. I had no idea when I drove down to Chino to buy my truck. I wanted to meet him, but was not there that particular day.

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