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Folks Of Interest RIP ... Henry "DANA RED" Dana

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HEMI32, Aug 7, 2020.


  1. Henry Dana.jpg
    Henry Paul Dana
    December 22, 1942 - August 6, 2020
    RIP @DANA RED

     
  2. Sad to hear this news.
     
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  3. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,085

    Marty Strode
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    His profile says he was born in '42. I used to read about him and his wife building cars, when he was in Florida. Quite the prolific builder, RIP Mr. Dana.
     

  4. Henry's most recent rides:

    Henry Dana - Deuce Hiboy Roadster (1).jpg
    Henry Dana - Deuce Hiboy Roadster (2).jpg

    Henry Dana - Deuce Hiboy Pickup (1).jpg
    Henry Dana - Deuce Hiboy Pickup (2).jpg

    Henry Dana - '56 Chevy (1).jpg
    Henry Dana - '56 Chevy (2).jpg
     
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  5. I heard the news this morning, I met Henry many years ago and after he moved to the Charlotte, North Carolina area I saw ham a lot more often.

    He was a fixture on the All Deuce Run and we will really miss him. HRP

    Better times, Henry trying on my '32 pickup on the All Deuce Run. HRP

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Henry's "OCCASIONAL HUSBAND" '56 Chevy Wagon Junior Stock dragcar:

    Henry Dana - Occasional Husband '56 Chevy Wagon (1).jpg
    Henry Dana - Occasional Husband '56 Chevy Wagon (2).JPG
    Henry Dana - Occasional Husband '56 Chevy Wagon (3).JPG
    Henry Dana - Occasional Husband '56 Chevy Wagon (4).jpg
     
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  7. Henry's "OCCASIONAL HUSBAND II" '56 Chevy Panel Delivery Junior Stock dragcar:

    Henry Dana - Occasional Husband 11 '56 Chevy Panel Delivery (6).jpg
    Henry Dana - Occasional Husband II '56 Chevy Panel Delivery (4).JPG
    Henry Dana - Occasional Husband II '56 Chevy Panel Delivery (1).JPG
    Henry Dana - Occasional Husband II '56 Chevy Panel Delivery (2).JPG
    Henry Dana - Occasional Husband II '56 Chevy Panel Delivery (3).JPG
    Henry Dana - Occasional Husband II '56 Chevy Panel Delivery (5).JPG
     
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  8. Fun guy to be with. I cruised with him on the All Deuce Run in North Carolina around 2013. Then a couple years ago he was at the Hot Rod Hundred in Wisconsin after he moved there. I was very surprised he instantly remembered me by name.

    He will be missed.

    Phil
     
  9. Sad news!
    Henry and Nancy built some beautiful cars back in the day.
     
  10. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,304

    catdad49
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    Henry Dana Red, for anyone of the era, that meant something. Wasn't his the wife the painter? They built some awesome hot rods. Drive On, Mr. Dana.
     
  11. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 3,988

    okiedokie
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    from Ok

    Far too young, what a talent and from all reports, a swell guy.
     
  12. ididntdoit1960
    Joined: Dec 13, 2011
    Posts: 994

    ididntdoit1960
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    from Western MA

    He was 78????? Sounds like he had a good long life
     
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  13. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,635

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    Condolences to the Dana Family and Friends of Henry...He certainly did the Go Fast Walk in Life to a Big Degree...Rest in Peace Hamber Dana Red...

    Thanks for sharing this loss to the community @HEMI32 and to the others sharing stories about this accomplished man...

    Regards, Stogy
     
  14. I first met Henry (and his first wife, Nancy) in the late '70s at an NSRA Nats event ... not sure which car they had just finished ... but I for sure know it was painted "Dana Red" :D

    I kind of recall it was their Deuce Roadster (at Merced '78):

    Henry & Nancy Dana's Deuce Roadster at 1978 NSRA Western Street Rod Nats - Merced.jpg

    ... but may have been their Deuce 3wd (at St. Paul '79):

    Dana's 3wd Coupe.jpg

    I last saw Henry at the 2013 GoodGuy's West Coast Nats in Pleasanton, CA (he & a group of his roadster buddies drove all the way from North Carolina):

    Henry Dana's  Deuce Roadster (Mooresville, NC) at '13 GGs WCNs.JPG

    He pretty much "talked my ear off" ... about the "old days", his memories of my dad, and (the good & the bad) about the H.A.M.B. :)

    Since then, we've kept in touch via social media ... I will miss his FB posts.

    My condolences to his wife Marie, daughter Melissa, son Andy, and Henry's other family members & close friends.

    Godspeed my friend! :(
     
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  15. Here's a recent (H.A.M.B. friendly) build that Henry was involved with ... Greg Southworth's Deuce Vicky:

    Greg Southworth's '32 Vicky chassis.jpg
    Greg Southworth's '32 Vicky.jpg
     
  16. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 3,988

    okiedokie
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    from Ok

    Today 78 is young. When you are 75, like me, 78 seems even younger.


     
  17. Here's a great pic from Henry's photo album ... he captioned it, "Me and Smokey figuring a setup for Daytona":

    Henry Dana & Smokey Yunick figuring out a setup for Daytona.jpg
     
  18. hotrod37
    Joined: Aug 8, 2006
    Posts: 111

    hotrod37
    Member
    from Indiana

    So sorry to see this. Prayers to the family!
    Keep cruising, Henry!!
     
  19. An ICON. I have the article about DANA RED here somewhere, gotta go find it
     
  20. Lil32
    Joined: Apr 4, 2012
    Posts: 1,384

    Lil32
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    R.I.P.
    Prayers to Family from Aussie
     
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  21. TRJ
    Joined: Oct 4, 2003
    Posts: 329

    TRJ
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    I really don't have any more to add to what has already been said, but I do know that I will miss Henry Dana. I first met him in the late '70s. And although I never felt like I knew him all that well, I always enjoyed our conversations. He always seemed to have a friendly manner and a positive outlook. I would run into him every few years at an event and we would spend some time catching up. There was something about him that made these relatively brief encounters develop into much deeper ties. I think the last time we spoke was a couple years back at the hotel we were staying at for the Grand National Roadster Show. The idea that these chance encounters will never happen again saddens me. He did seem to live a full hot rodder's life. From campaigning Junior Stock tri-five Chevys to helping develop the brightest red hot rod paint ever, to caring for the Earnhardt car collection and to building is own traditional cars, he seemed to do it all. I regret that our chance encounters in rod run parking lots are over. My condolences to family and friends. May Henry rest in peace.
    Steve Coonan
     
  22. Well said, Steve.
     
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  23. Gods Speed my friend
     
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  24. This is a car Henry built for his wife Marie, it was a simple build but one of my favorites!

    And suprisinly it wasn't Dana Red. HRP

    [​IMG]
     
  25. 40ragtopdown
    Joined: Jan 13, 2015
    Posts: 4,503

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    Our condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. Henry.
     
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  26. Blake 27
    Joined: Apr 10, 2016
    Posts: 645

    Blake 27

    In the late 70s my brothers friend Gail Messick bought the 32 three window built and painted by Henry Dana.
    This pic taken from the June 79 Street Scene magazine shows Gail's deuce and brother Tom's "STREET A" taken at the Western Nationals.
    Later Tom built the "STREET B" 32 roadster (with the first Gennie Shifter), painted Ferrari red, a multi award winner and cover car on the Jan. 1982 Street Rodder. Tom told me he wouldn't park next to Gail's deuce because the Dana Red made Tom's 32 look bland.
    Gale Messick's '32 3-window-mine.jpg We were always told that Henry's paint was mixed by his wife Marie.
     
  27. Actually, it was mixed/painted by Henry's first wife, Nancy:

    Nancy & Henry Dana - '79 NSRA Nats St. Paul.jpg

    Henry married Marie (Southworth) in 1999:

    Henry & Marie.jpg
     
  28. r2c1
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 130

    r2c1
    Member

    Oh No. A good friend during the early days of hot rods. Later we usually met up during the L.A. Roadster show. R.I.P. to a real pioneer in this sport of ours. Goodbye my friend .... Ron
     
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  29. RIP Henry. It’s been an honor to know you. Our condolences to his family & friends.
     
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