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Folks Of Interest RIP:Larry O'Toole Australian Magazine Publisher and Hot Rodder

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hudson48, Sep 9, 2022.

  1. hudson48
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,038


    I appear to be the first to advise that Larry passed away yesterday after a 5 month illness.
    Larry was a rodding icon here in Australia with a long history of hot rod building in the early days and then moving into publishing one the the mainstay monthly magazines here.
    He also published Hot Rodding International(14 issues) and was heavily involved with Tex Smith when he lived here.
    I just searched everywhere for my copy of the last issue of Hot Rodding International as it has a great story of Larry's early hot rodding life and the career move into hot rodding journalism. I just realised I lent it to my son.As soon as I get it back I may scan a few pages of his history that even I wasn't aware of until I read it.
    In the age of digital media he was still successful with print magazines.
    Larry visited the USA many times and took Aussie hot rodders on his organised tours of the USA including the Nationals in Louisville many times.
    He was the Australian equivalent of probably Tom McMullen who produced your Street Rodder Magazine.
    Over the past several years Larry has been handing over the reins of the magazine production to his son Al. Hopefully Al can keep the tradition going and fill the big shoes that Larry has left behind. Condolences to the O'Toole family,Mary O'Toole and son Al and other family members.
    Larry OToole.jpg
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  2. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 32,163


    Sad to hear, I'm thinking that he was a big part in Tex living in Australia for the time he did. A lost to the world wide hot rod community.
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  3. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 1,638

    lumpy 63

  4. Glenn S
    Joined: Jun 22, 2015
    Posts: 36

    Glenn S

    Very sad news. My condolences to Mary and the family. Larry would be the person most responsible for getting me into hot rodding. Larry took me under his wing on my first trip to the NSRA Nationals in 1992. I returned with him in 1996, 1999, 2005 and 2015 and each time he was the ultimate tour guide and promoter of our hobby. Another legend lost. RIP.
    Glenn S.
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  5. Magfiend
    Joined: Sep 11, 2019
    Posts: 352


    Godspeed Larry, you were a great guy...
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  6. Lil32
    Joined: Apr 4, 2012
    Posts: 2,534


    Thanks Paul
    I heard a few days ago of his passing, maybe he will meet the Queen up there at the Pearly Gates,build her a rod
    Prayers to Family
    I have the latest HR International book but it is stored away in my luggage to take to USA in 2 weeks
    It was great reading about Larry's life
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  7. twenty8
    Joined: Apr 8, 2021
    Posts: 1,476


    Sad to hear. He influenced the Aussie hot rod culture immensely. The word 'forefather' comes to mind.
    Godspeed Larry.
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  8. PotvinV8
    Joined: Mar 30, 2009
    Posts: 331


    Saw Larry every year in the media room at the NSRA Nats. Great guy and I'm sure a huge loss to the Aussie hot rod community. My condolences.
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  9. reagen
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 310


    R I P
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  10. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 24,262


    Condolences to the O'toole family and friends in the passing of Larry. He obviously played an important part in the connection of the North American/Australian Hotrod Scene and Culture...

    I'm always wowed by the conviction and reverence to Vintage Hotrod down your love of the big picture wouldn't be complete without Australia's contributions...

    May he rest in peace...

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  11. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 29,513

    Jalopy Joker

    Sincere sympathy goes out to his immediate Family and car family
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  12. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,353

    Kiwi 4d

    RIP Larry. Castlemaine and the rodding fraternity will miss you my friend.
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  13. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 2,720

    41 GMC K-18

    Sorry to hear of the loss, of another great man, that had a lot of influence on the industry and the people that loved old cars and hot rodding.
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  14. hudson48
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,038


    Here is a picture of Larry's bucket at the 1973 Australian Nationals. Not sure if that was when it was debuted but I think it might have been earlier. He has built many cars since then including his Model A Tudor that has been on the road for years,his closed cab Model A pickup and 36 Ford Tudor. He was also recently completing a new rendition of the bucket and hopefully that can be finished by family and friends. He is from the Hot Rod Capital of Australia,Castlemaine, so plenty of help there. Larry OToole bucket at 1973 Nats.jpg
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2022
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  15. ems customer service
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,615

    ems customer service

    great guy , we used to advertise in his magazine, his books on Australian cars are great
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