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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. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 40,113


    One of my favorite Junior Stockers. RIP :(
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  2. Besides being a famous Junior Stock drag racer in the '60s & '70s and a legendary Street Rod builder in the '70s & '80s; Henry was also heavily involved with NASCAR logo.jpg :
    • Fabricator at NEMCO Motorsports (June 1995 to November 1996)
    • Fabricator /Car Builder at Team Penske (1996 to 2006)
    • Museum Curator at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (March 2006 to October 2017):

      Henry Dana - Museum Curator @ Dale Earnhardt, Inc.JPG
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2020
  3. Joe Troilo
    Joined: Oct 3, 2007
    Posts: 286

    Joe Troilo

    Wow, heard the news last night and I have been down in the dumps since. First met Henry in 1978 in Columbus. He was such a joy to be around. I will miss him dearly. RIP my friend.
    Joe Troilo
  4. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,920

    from Indy

    last talked with Henry at Goodguys, Columbus 2019. nice guy RIP
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  5. Kevin Dana
    Joined: Aug 10, 2020
    Posts: 20

    Kevin Dana

    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for sharing all your stories and photos; it’s really wonderful to see how much the community he loved so much, love him right back. He’s going to be dearly missed.

    Stay healthy out there, and please keep sharing stories and photos.

    All the best,
    Kevin Dana

    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  6. I took this photo of Henry at the Target Shopping Center where we all met to go one one of the All Deuce Runs. HRP

  7. Here's the T-Shirt artwork that Ger @Dutch Courage Peters did for Henry:

    Dana's Hot Rods T-Shirt Artwork (by Ger Peters).jpg
  8. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,052


    I last saw Henry at the 2019 NSRA Nats in Louisville. He was a great guy and I will miss him


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  9. MMM1693
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 750


    RIP Henry. Met you at the Wisc HRH in 2017 I believe. enjoyed talking to you and running with you the last couple of years. Gods Speed
  10. Henry's truck on the 2016 All Deuce Run. Henry was the real deal...
  11. People that knew Henry also knew he had a bazaar sense of humor, a week before the All Deuce Run he called me and ask if I would like one of his new T shirts and I said yes.

    When we met in the parking lot at the start of the run he called me over to his roadster and he pulled out a T-shirt, Henry handed me a shirt and I said thanks and was walking back to my car he yelled out, "Put it on" so I pulled it out of the bag and he started laughing and said he only ordered small ones, Henry was a giant in the hot rod building game but he was a runt standing next to me at 6'4".

    He waved me back and gave me to only 2X t-shirt he had.

    I will miss him very much. HRP
  12. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,856


    Shoot, that ruined a good day. His builds always had that just right look.
  13. A couple photos from the Dana family photo albums (via Henry's son Andrew Dana):

    Dana's Automatic Transmissions Shop.jpg
    Dana Transmission Service $5.00 token.jpg

    Sal Marchese & Henry Dana with John  Parmigiani's El Camino @ the GatorNats.jpg
    Henry Dana (& Sal Marchese) posing with John Parmigiani's El Camino @ the Gatornationals
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2020
  14. Henry Dana "back in the day":

    Henry Dana (by Walter Curro).jpg
    image c/o Walter Curro
  15. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,695

    Member Emeritus

    I'd give, or do, just about anything to have that 56, Model 150, 2 door sedan; absolutely beautiful car. And that photo of him standing next to the BelAir, 4 door Wagon, Occasional Husband, really shows just how "tall" he was. But, it sounds like he was "tall" in so many other ways!!! A life well lived and respected; it's really all any of us can hope for when we depart this world for the next. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
  16. I never knew Henry personally, but I've known of his accomplishments and cars for many years. The '56 Chevy wagon with the great monicker is a favorite. The automotive world has lost one of their best. My sincere condolences to his family and to his friends, of whom there are many. R.I.P.
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    Joined: Dec 8, 2015
    Posts: 375


    First met Henry and Nancy in the 1970’s at the Orlando Easter rod run and was taken back when I found out Nancy was the painter on their beautiful RED 32 roadster. Seemed our paths would cross many times over the next 45 years. Sad news when I heard the news of his passing. My thoughts and prayers to his family
  18. I only got the opportunity to meet Henry a couple of times and it was like we were long time friends. It seems he was that way with everyone. I was so bummed to hear of his passing. What a great friend with a lifetime of motorsports achievements and adventures behind him. RIP Mr. Dana...
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  19. reagen
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 268


  20. I ran across this photo today, I'm sure it was taken on one of the many All Deuce Runs Henry was a part off, he is seen here showing off his new T-shirt design. HRP

    Last edited: Sep 20, 2020
    Joined: Jan 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,277

    from alabama

  22. .........That is one beautiful truck.
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  23. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 3,998

    from illinois

    At72 , 78 doesn't seem good or long !
  24. Just a heads up, Kevin is Henry's son. HRP
  25. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,830

    from NKy

    Damn it Man , this has to stop . I’m so sorry to hear this . God Speed Brother , paint it red and drive it like you stole it !
  26. I got a PM from Kevin and he now has Henry's roadster. HRP
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  27. Just a bump ... 'cuz today would have been @DANA RED's 78th Birthday ...
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  28. Rest in peace my friend! HRP

  29. Kevin Dana
    Joined: Aug 10, 2020
    Posts: 20

    Kevin Dana

    Thanks for the bump @HEMI32 and HRP.
  30. Kevin Dana
    Joined: Aug 10, 2020
    Posts: 20

    Kevin Dana

    Paul Martinez at Rodding USA has a few pages dedicated to my Dad in issue #48. (There’s a lot of great HAMB-friendly cars in this issue as well, so check it out and support print)
    Thanks to Greg Southworth for providing Paul with the old magazine features for this piece.[​IMG][​IMG]
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