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Folks Of Interest RIP Bruce Crower

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Speed Gems, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 2,640

    Speed Gems

    Just read this on Facebook befor shutting down for the night.
    A real part of automotive history has passed into the ages..
    RIP Bruce Crower
    Prayers for the Crower Family

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  2. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 2,825


    A highly creative mind, he was involved in the development of so much more than just cams and valvetrains. Godspeed Bruce.
  3. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,737


    Condolences to the Crower Family and Friends on the passing of Bruce...yes, one of those names that resonate through the Culture for sure...may he rest in peace.

    Credit to Videographer, Owner

    Last edited: Jul 18, 2019
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  4. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,057


    He was one of the most brilliant men I have ever had the pleasure knowing. Sometimes I felt like sitting next to him and catching the intelligence that dripped off him. Just his wasted thoughts could have tripled my abilities easily. Rest in peace Bruce and thanks for the time I was pleased to spend with you.
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  5. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,515

    from Colorado

    Bruce was due to be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame next week. In my opinion, this should have happened twenty years ago. Bruce was a friend and mentor as well as a client. He was truly an innovator as well as a real great guy.
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    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,424


    That’s too bad he passed before being inducted into the hall of fame. I agree that he should have been there years ago
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  7. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,730

    from Canada

    Man more sad news.

    Rest in Peace Bruce Crower. A Hall of Fame Member for certain.
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  8. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,080

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

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  9. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,674

    frank spittle

    After years in the sevens the Crowerglide clutch put Top Fuel dragsters into the six second zone. Truly a groundbreaking invention. My condolences to his family.
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  10. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 4,914


    When you talk about innovators Bruce ranks with Smokey
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  11. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,756

    from So Cal

    How sad, one of my biggest inspirations as a young hot rodder in my teens. I recall reading about him frequently in Hot Rod and Car Craft back in the day, and it seems to me even wrote a column for a time in Hot Rod. I was always amazed at the thought level he worked on vs everybody else. My older brother ran Crower injection on his flat bottom boat w/ 427 BBC. He was also a big fan of Bruce.
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  12. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,698

    jimmy six

    I agree. I looked back at the SEMA inductees since 1969 and to see some who are in when Bruce was not "boggles the mind". SEMA once stood for "Speed Equipment" and it would seem only logical that the first few years would have been meant for more of the pioneers but it was obviously not.
    I have never been to one of the "Car Show " extraviganza's now known as SEMA and this furthers my reason to not attend the event tho I can get passes/tickets....
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  13. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,361


    ...just heard that the company is now for sale..... won't be long before the name is gone...

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  14. Roger O'Dell
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 1,117

    Roger O'Dell

    R.I.P. Great guy , he will be missed, knew him a little, used a lot of his products through the years.
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  15. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,077

    Jalopy Joker

    sincere sympathy goes out to his Family, friends and fans
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  16. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 8,343

    from Phoenix,AZ

    I was working at M&M Speed in Sacramento which was a part of United Speed Warehouse owned by Al Morris which was a Crower distributor during the Jimmy Carter "gas crisis" this was probably the weirdest thing to come out of Crower "back in the day" I think we only sold one of them as I remember. Our machine shop built a lot of sprint car motors that used a lot of Crower's innovations the quality was always top notch.
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  17. Bruce Crower (March 1930 - July 2019).JPG
    Bruce Crower
    March 31, 1930 - July 17, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
  18. I first met Bruce Crower at Bonneville Speed Week in 1989 ... wrenching on his Straight-8 Nash powered Modified Roadster:

    Bruce Crower - Bonneville 1989 (1).jpg
    Bruce Crower - Bonneville 1989 (2).jpg
    A wonderfully innovative & talented gentleman ... a great loss to our hobby :(

    My condolences to his family and close friends.

    RIP Mr. Crower ...
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2019
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  19. Bruce Crower showed up at Bonneville in 1954 with his '48 Hudson Commodore:

    Crower with his '48 Hudson.JPG
    Crower's '48 Hudson.jpg
    images from the Crower family archives

    Crower's '48 Hudson (AHRF).jpg
    image by Bob Falzbot ... from the ©AHRF/Tom Sparks Collection

    Bruce ditched the inline flathead and traded it for a Chrysler Hemi. He entered the car in Class E Coupe and Sedan and
    proceeded to take first in class with a speed of 157.34 mph against “Big” Bill Edwards with his Cad powered machine
    with a speed of 151.00 mph. Not done with just a first in class, Bruce went on to set a new class record of 151.91 mph.​
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2019
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  20. Some Bruce Crower "history" ... documenting his many contributions to our hobby and other motorsports:

    Bruce Crower History (1).JPG
    Bruce Crower History (2).JPG
    Bruce Crower History (3).JPG
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  21. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 744

    Stan Back
    from California

    If anyone was wondering why Crower would modify the vintage 8-cylinder Nash engine for a Bonneville car, here's a clue . . .

    The Nash had 9 main bearings (as opposed to the Ford 8-cylinder that had 3). And it was already an overhead-valve engine.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2019
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  22. A young Bruce Crower (with flashlight) working on a Flathead:

    Bruce Crower (holding flashlight) working on Flathead.jpg
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  23. A vintage CROWER Racing Cams & Equipment water-slide decal:

    '60s Crower Racing Cams & Equipment water-slide decal.jpg
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  24. A more recent photo of (former SDRC member) Bruce Crower with an ARDUN OHV converted Flathead:

    Bruce Crower with ARDUN (from the San Diego Roadster Club FB page).jpg
    image from the San Diego Roadster Club (SDRC) Facebook page​
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
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  25. image.jpg This ones for Bruce Crower.
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  26. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 1,219

    lumpy 63

    Rip Bruce:( Does anyone remember the early Crower Schnieder partnership?
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  27. '60s Crower ~ Schneider Roller Cam Equipped water-slide decal.jpg

    From what I’ve read, that partnership was short lived ... the “Crower ~ Schneider Engine & Cam” shop opened in 1958 ... but only lasted a few years ... as Dave Schneider started his own business (i.e., “Schneider Engineering”) in 1961.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2019
  28. Dangerousdan
    Joined: Apr 12, 2018
    Posts: 92

    from Arizona

    RIP My brother.
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  29. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 2,290


    darn, I only met him a couple times, but was impressed with those moments.
    Ran his pushrods in my first full-on engine. Everyone else was " measure it and let us know what you need" called his shop and they said "yeah, we got 'em in stock ready to go"
    They worked perfectly...
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  30. On July 26th 2019, Bruce was officially inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame:

    Bruce Crower - 2019 SEMA HoF Inductee (by Ed Tillrock).JPG
    SEMA News - August 2019 - Cover.jpg
    pencil artwork by Ed @ewt2 Tillrock

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