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Folks Of Interest R.I.P. Akron Arlen Vanke

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by greybeard360, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. greybeard360
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    My condolences to the family and friends.
     
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  6. One of the greats from the early super stock and pro stock era. A mopar legend.
     
  7. Phil1934
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    I remember him as trying a flat crank
     
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    RIP Arlen , one of my division 3 heros. a true super stock & pro stock pioneer. car craft had a picture a few years ago (on my wall) of Arlen`s duster on the ramps of his hauler, using the gas station for lighting. looks like he`s under there working on the clutch or ? we were down to the Gators , there was Arlen working on his car by himself . I stood there watching for a few minutes & he screwed a hose into #1 then hands it to me and says "tell me when that comes up" its up its up.I know he did it just to make my day & I told him it did 30 some years latter. RIP SS.
     
  9. RIP Arlen. Another great, great drag racer gone. man, do I feel old .
    Condolences to the family.
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  10. frank spittle
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    One of the nicest guys I have ever known. My condolences to his family.
     
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  11. 1lowbuckrodder
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    The first time I seen thank he was a driveway 42 and 1963 it was an awesome experience that was in his earlier years shortly after he moved on to the big time. We were fortunate enough to see him last year on Father's Day at the Akron fulton airport for the dedication of Otie Smith art arfons and arlen Vanke,I got his autograph there still have it on my shirt but you can barely make it out he was not in good health then. Thank you Otie smith and Arlen vanke, art, and Walt Arfons for putting Akron Ohio on the map for dragracing


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