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Folks Of Interest RIP.... Gas Ronda

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Speed Gems, Oct 25, 2017.

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

    Speed Gems

    I don't know if it's been posted here yet but around 6:00 this morning Gas Rhonda passed away.
    I am at a loss for words and hero is is the statement from Rhonda Wilson
    It is with an Extremely Heavy Heart that I type we have lost a true NHRA Legend Gas Ronda. As we received the phone call this morning from his daughter our hearts have been broken for the entire Ronda family. Gas was such a Class Act Gentleman. He is now in a much better place and in no pain. God Speed Gas!!! Please keep the entire family in your thoughts and prayers especially the love of his life his precious wife Nina.
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  2. Always a class act, and his cars were immaculate. I saw him at Puyallup in '67 with his blown cammer-powered '66 Mustang, along with another pioneer, the first licensed woman nitro F/C pilot Paula Murphy in her 'Miss STP' Mustang. Very gracious in talking to a snot-nosed kid (me) and went on to win the match race.
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  3. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,392


  4. Sad news indeed. Another legend lost. :(
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  5. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 18,803

    from Michigan

    Wow, I'm bummed out....:(:(
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  6. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,636


    RIP. Gas Ronda in his '62 tri power Galaxy shown here.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2017
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  7. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,737


    Condolences to the Ronda Family and Friends on the passing of Gas...
  8. Prayers go out to his family.Bruce.
  9. RIP. I took these 2 years ago at the NHRA museum. Pure art.
    image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
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  10. Sad news. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
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  11. Another good guy gone. Such a loss. He was a class act.
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  12. Our deepest condolences to family and friends. He will truly be missed.
  13. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,474

    from Owasso, OK

    My condolences to family and friends. We are losing so many legends that made up the greatest era of rodding and racing.

    Rest in peace sir.
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  14. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,465


    A true legend and true loss to drag racing. Condolences, to the family.
  15. So sad. My thoughts and prayers for his family.

    Seems like we’re losing our true legends almost weekly.

  16. Gaspar Ronda.jpg
    Gaspar Ronda
    August 25, 1926 - October 25, 2017

  17. Gas Ronda - 1964 NHRA Division Regionals - Santa Maria Dragond Drag Strip.jpg
    1964 NHRA Division Regionals - Santa Maria Drag Strip
    image by Sherm Porter (@fuely32)
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2017

  18. Gas Ronda - Santa Maria Drags (1).jpg
    Gas Ronda - Santa Maria Drags (2).jpg
    Santa Maria Drag Strip
    images by K. White
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2017
  19. BadgeZ28
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,055

    from Oregon

    I traveled to the Winternationals three time in the 1960's. Gas was always a top contender. RIP
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  20. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,077

    Jalopy Joker

  21. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 29,918


    Always one of my favorites. RIP
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  22. Wow...what history with this guy.....lot's of rubber burning up stairs tonight....thanks Gaspar Ronda for the memories ! !
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  23. Sad news-R.I.P Gas
  24. I don’t think it is possible to be a car enthusiast without knowing about Gas Ronda and his far reaching influence in Drag Racing. May he rest in peace. My condolences to Nina and the whole Ronda family. All my prayers for strength and peace to you all.
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  25. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,077

    Jalopy Joker

  26. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,523

    seb fontana
    from ct

    RIP...Condolences to family and friends..
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  27. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,180


    Sad news, I used to follow his racing exploits when I was young.
  28. an1951
    Joined: Dec 1, 2009
    Posts: 42


    RIP-I knew Gas Ronda directly when I went to old Lions Drag Strip, original Irwindale Raceway, Orange County Intl Raceway and his Gas House night club in Azusa Calif. One nice guy to know in drag racing and at his business club. May he rest in peace.....

    GasRonda1-Lions-1966.jpg GasRonda2-Lions-1966.JPG Gas Ronda-Irwindale-1966.jpg GasRonda-OCIR-1969.jpg GasRonda-AFX Mustang-Restored.jpg

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