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Folks Of Interest Rally America--Jimmy and Gary-heard they had a fire

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by olscrounger, Jun 14, 2014.

  1. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,124


    My friend Big Tom who works at SoCal in Sacto told me that they had a fire that did extensive damage to their shop. Great folks and great products. Wishing them the best-got all my wheels there for years. Hope it isn't so or if so not too much damage.
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  2. Just hoping it ain't so...
    Good people
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  3. It might be true :( ... RALLY AMERICA's address is 16320 Morgan Canyon Road, Prather, CA ... which is actually Highway 168 (near Vineyard Lane):

    40-acre fire in Prather area shuts down Highway 168, threatens homes
    The Fresno Bee June 9, 2014

    Update: Cal Fire said the Prather-area fire has grown to 40 acres with just 10% contained. One commercial building was destroyed and four people suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene, according to firefighters.

    Highway 168 in the Prather area has been closed to traffic while fire crews battle a brush fire that's growing, the California Highway Patrol reported.

    Fresno County Sheriff's Lt. Rick Hill said deputies also are working with county fire officials to determine if evacuations are required.

    Fire officials say the blaze started about 3:15 p.m. off Highway 168 between Vineyard and Gooseberry roads, west of Prather, and had charred about 20 acres by 4:20 p.m.

    Fire is on both sides of Highway 168 and is threatening several structures, according to Cal Fire dispatchers.

    Highway 168 has been closed from Millerton Road to the Prather area, according to the California Department of Transportation. Caltrans was diverting traffic to Auberry Road.
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  5. Russco
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 4,167

    from Central IL

    That Sucks!
  6. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,449


    I heard Thursday night (secondhand information) that Jimmy lost everything but I cant confirm that. I really, really hope it isn't true, Jimmy & Gary are great people, no one deserves that especially them. :( :(
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  7. Man that is heart-breaking. Very sad news indeed. All the best to them, hope they were well insured.
  8. FritzTownFord
    Joined: Apr 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,020


    Shit! Bad news for some good folks. Hope they're all okay.
  9. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,494

    Atwater Mike

    Damn! Their whole building! Wonder how that fire got started...
    Hope Jimmy and his Dad are O.K., Gary is a survivor by nature.
  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,571


    That really sucks, it appears that it was a fast moving wild fire that burned around 40 acres.
  11. Damn, that sucks. Jimmy has always been a stand-up guy. Without him making the custom steelies, the '35 wouldn't have the same look. Hope they are alright, and that they get back on their feet soon. Hopefully they will let us know if we can help them out.
  12. Bazooka
    Joined: Jun 20, 2006
    Posts: 686


    Damn thats terrible did business with them several times in person. Good people. Hope they can recover quickly
  13. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,694


    That really sucks a big one. No matter how well insured they are it will take a long time to recover and get up and running again. I would think most of the tooling is lost. Can we get a HAMB fundraiser to help these guys out?
  14. Terrible news, hope they can recover.
  15. lonestar395
    Joined: Dec 25, 2011
    Posts: 202

    from Australia

    Bummer, that would break your heart, I have survived a workshop fire, but you never forget the smell of going back into the shop...
    I have dealt with these Guys...and Gal, truly great people. I am hoping you can rebuild, I am way ahead of the game now...took a lot of effort and help and support from some good friends to get it done though, was worth it...
  16. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,936

    from Tampa, FL

    That's really bad news... but there isn't much you can do when a wild fire heads your way except run. Hoping they can get back on their feet soon. Gary
  17. oltruckag
    Joined: Aug 13, 2009
    Posts: 114


    Terrible news - it will be a challenge, but I hope they can get setup again. They offer a pretty unique service and knowledge and losing that would be tragic.
  18. Damn that sucks, only bought from them once but they had great customer service.
  19. Hopefully no one was injured,as devastating and heartbreaking as the loss of a business is I pray they had ample insurance and are able to get back on their feet as quick as possible. HRP
  20. Thoughts go out to them.
  21. weps
    Joined: Aug 1, 2008
    Posts: 534

    from auburn,IN

    I have had numerous comments on the Wheels that they built for my Auburn. so sorry for their loss, hoping their business recovers!
  22. pila38
    Joined: Mar 25, 2009
    Posts: 763


    Sad to hear, worse to deal with. Best of luck to you Jimmy and Gary, hope the rebuilding effort goes smoothly. I'll be waiting to buy my wheels from you.
  23. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,321


    Ugh, awful, hate to hear about this. Best wishes to you, hope you can get back up and going quickly.
  24. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,700

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    Wow, really sorry to here this. Did business with Jimmy several times, always a good experience.
  25. I was saddened to hear this.
    Jimmy has always been helpful to me.
    We need these guys, they are great service for our love of cars.
    I hope that they will get back into the game.
  26. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,903

    A Boner

    Sad to hear.......good guys with great products. Hope they can recover soon.

    .....Back to the top.....
  27. Any news? Hopefully everyone is alright.
  28. pila38
    Joined: Mar 25, 2009
    Posts: 763


    Bump for any news.
  29. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    If they are properly insured, they should have business interruption, to set them up temporarily in another location. Tooling could be a problem...
  30. 29AVEE8
    Joined: Jun 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,384



    Are these guys OK?

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