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Folks Of Interest Pat Ganahl, The Hot Rodder Next Door

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by John Starr, Aug 24, 2022.

  1. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 4,826

    Rand Man

    Thanks for the great story. Pat was a social “influencer” before there was such a thing. In this day of instant gratification, we don’t remember that years ago, some folks had tons of influence on social trends. It just took months to get the word out.

    Ganahl was in the lead as the street rod movement brought back hot rodding in the 1970’s. Many don’t know about his influence in the low rider scene. In the 90’s, he touted the new idea of traditional hot rodding, thru features on far out fun car clubs like the Shifters. We have lost a superstar.
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  2. Broman
    Joined: Jan 31, 2002
    Posts: 1,487

    from an Island

    One of the best things ever written on the HAMB, for sure...and that is a HIGH bar. Gorgeous post.
  3. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,828

    51 mercules

    Great read! Thanks for sharing!
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  4. BINGO. Could not have said it any better. Now for more shots of your coupe please.
  5. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 4,984


    Thanks so much for the glimpse into everyday life with you and Pat and your neighborhood. It really paints a picture of the real-life, fun loving neighborhood hot rodder that he was. You were very fortunate to have had a personal relationship with him and his family, memories that will last a lifetime.
    Very well written and poignant, thanks again and welcome to the HAMB.
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  6. What a touching and heart felt tribute to PGan.
    You opened another door into the life and character of someone we all revered and wished we knew better.
    You were blessed to be in that enviable role as “Pat’s neighbor”.
  7. Thank you for sharing all your memories and pictures of Pat. I have read Pats stories in magazines and his blog as well and very much got sucked in to the "history lesson" and enjoyed every minute. Reading your post I felt very much the same way, from the first paragraph I was hooked and read your story more than once! You have a gift much like Pat in my opinion, you need to find a way to keep that story telling going. God speed Pat, he would be flattered from all the attention he is getting, and the attention is deserved! He is well missed.
  8. 40ragtopdown
    Joined: Jan 13, 2015
    Posts: 22,911


    Thanks for sharing this with us. Just goes to show what most of us know. He was a great friend 'neighbor 'writer 'historian ' journalist, hot rodder. But most of all a great human being. R.I.P. Pat.
  9. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 6,301


    Random thought moment; Pat was the Preacher and We were the Choir.
  10. Old-Soul
    Joined: Jun 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,762


    A beautifully written tribute to your friend, mentor and neighbor.

    Thank you.
  11. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,305


    :D Outstanding Sir.Thank you.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  12. Thanks for sharing! What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful person.
  13. Yup, after almost 23 years here I have to say that is on helluva intro. Sorry for the circumstances. Please stick around, you have a lot to offer
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  14. little red 50
    Joined: Feb 19, 2011
    Posts: 227

    little red 50

    Thanks for your tribute and story of the neighbor next door. Kind of makes it seem like all of the nonsense going on in the world is completely meaningless. I think you were as good of neighbor to him as he was to you. RIP Mr. Ganahl
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2022
  15. Thank you for sharing that with us.. RIP Pat, you'll be dearly missed..
  16. UNSHINED 2
    Joined: Oct 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,147


    Such a touching tribute to yet another side of Pat.

    Thank you
  17. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,939


    Oh my god, you sir have written the greatest tribute that I have ever read about anyone. Thank you for letting us into your intimate relationship with your famous neighbor. Holy Smokes! Outstanding stuff.

    A badass Model 40 is my personal favorite hot rod . . . Good on you!
  18. twenty8
    Joined: Apr 8, 2021
    Posts: 2,029


    Outstanding tribute. Thank you for sharing these glimpses of Pat with us all.
    You can now do an amazing thing for your friend and neighbour. Now is the time to ring his doorbell and check that his loved ones are ok. But I am sure you have already. The way you have written about Pat tells me that....
  19. About everything that can be said about your post has already been said by others, so I'll just say, "Thank you".
  20. Bdamfino
    Joined: Jan 27, 2006
    Posts: 519

    from Hamlet, NC

    I remember Pat's blog on your coupe, and his " famous" eye for minute details you've done that a stranger may miss! As stated, bless you for sharing a wonderful and touching tribute and I can't stress enough, as you and others mentioned ...the support Anna Ganahl lent her husband( Allowed?!) all these years and the eye for detail and history Bill has! It's your coupe, but I'd leave it bare metal!!!
  21. Brown Devil II
    Joined: Oct 26, 2018
    Posts: 25

    Brown Devil II
    from Mission TX

    I have read many stories on the HAMB this one is defiantly tops. Great story well written made me feel like I was there.
  22. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 4,299


    Well done, how very well done. Thank you for the story and welcome to the HAMB.
  23. Allmotor
    Joined: Jan 7, 2007
    Posts: 135


    Awesome tribute
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  24. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 4,209

    Cyclone Kevin
    Alliance Vendor

    I knew Pat for 30yrs. He and I basically just chatting about history of all sorts. When I read his blog re: your 34, It was pure Pat !!!! An enthusiast whose career just involved all the kool things in the world just like many of us Hot Rodders. I’ve seen Pat with many different cars over time, but the way he spoke about your journey into Hot Rod ownership was just awesome!!!!!
    We’ve lost a great historian, writer friend but above all Anna lost her best friend, confidant and ear bender, Bill lost an immediate influence, car buddy, cheerleader and most importantly his one & only dad who kept his promise to repay the money that he borrowed from his college fund so he could live the deuce loose “Nitti” dream which resulted in a truly well thought out Street Driven Roadster.
    Thanks for allowing us readers to see such fantastic neighborhood Hot Rodding at its best!!!!!
  25. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,355


    Great thread. I just read the reject the other day. Nice to get your view of him thru the same story.
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  26. John Starr
    Joined: Sep 14, 2016
    Posts: 139

    John Starr

    Sorry about that, wasn't aware. I'm rusty as hell on the controls/settings here. I think I fixed it this time...
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  27. John Starr
    Joined: Sep 14, 2016
    Posts: 139

    John Starr

    I heard that story a few times!
  28. John Starr
    Joined: Sep 14, 2016
    Posts: 139

    John Starr

    Thank you all for reading this. I'm the least qualified person to write about Pat, but this had to come out of me and go where it might help others heal as well. So thank you for the very kind comments.
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  29. Kreepea_1
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 492


    Thank You for sharing, John!
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