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Folks Of Interest RIP ... Pete Chapouris

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HEMI32, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. 1gearhead
    Joined: Aug 4, 2005
    Posts: 465


    Sad to see an icon and great guy pass. Sincere condolences to his family. Just goes to show, don't sit and wait for it, go out and drive it till you can't anymore. RIP
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  2. I grew up reading about The California Kid, Pete & Jakes, PC3g and SOCAL Speed Shop. I never ever imagined I'd have the opportunity to meet this man who inspired me down here in New Zealand. It was the utmost pleasure working with Pete on various magazine articles I did on him and I truly appreciated the time he always gave me at events or when we visited the shop. His Limefire roadster was one of a few which served as inspiration for my own roadster. A true gentleman of hot rodding - RIP Pete and our sincere condolences to the Chapouris family and friends.

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  3. bigblockdan
    Joined: Dec 29, 2013
    Posts: 23


    What a loss and shock - he'll be missed immensely!
  4. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,854


    For me what hurts is the fact he was one of us, like jay leno is one of us, a guy who has made legendary status, but still put his jeans on as does a regular guy. In the hot rod world, lots of these guys reach some fame and forget how they got there, pete was not one of them, he was active on this site, dispensing his knowledge like we do, widely respected for his ability to just be a regular hot rodder and treat the rest of us as friends enjoying the same passions. He will be missed.
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  5. Cargo
    Joined: Jun 18, 2007
    Posts: 232


    Rest In Peace, hoisting a cold one in honor.
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  6. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,567


    I really wish I'd met him, just to say thank you for all the cars he built and restored, but most of all for motivating people to build their cars. Rest in peace, thoughts and prayers going out to his family and friends. Bob
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  7. 40Vert
    Joined: Jun 10, 2006
    Posts: 588


  8. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,411

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    Sad, sad news about PC3.

    P-wood, we are all counting on you to STAND for a long time to come!

    Many thanks for all the sharing of innovation and fun with old cars.

    Sad Al
  9. I think I'll watch the movie tonight.....
  10. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 918

    from landis n c

    I never met the man but he did influence my life with his kind of hot rod. In '96 I bought Stan VanAmburg's 26 chopped top coupe on 32 rails (he was P&J mechanic during the Temple City days) and Stan sent me the construction pics of the 26. In one bay of his back yard garage was THE CALIFORNIA KID. When Isaw it my hart skipped a beat. P-Wood built the frame,Jake set up the 4-bar front and rear and Pete thought it was neet. He will be missed and it will take us all a while to get over the loss. RIP PETE and prayers to the family and friends.
    Joined: Dec 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,020

    Member hard to take. Hard hit for all of us. Sure gunna miss him.
  12. KKrod
    Joined: Jun 20, 2010
    Posts: 1,129


  13. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,208


    God speed Mr C. Condolences and prayers to family.
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  14. in the weeds
    Joined: Mar 7, 2009
    Posts: 97

    in the weeds
    from Kansas

    we lost a good man R.I.P what a kick in the gut. these are the guys we look up to and gave us inspiration for our own builds. VERY VERY SAD
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  15. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 2,646


    I am shocked and saddened by the news that Pete has passed. His contributions to our hobby are timeless and legendary. I hope his family and close friends will take comfort in the outpouring of love and respect from the folks here in this small corner of the hot rodding community. He will be greatly missed..... R.I.P. Pete.
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  16. As a kid seeing the Pete & Jakes cars at the Tulsa Street Rod Nats solidified my destiny to become a hot rodder.

    Here's a pic I just came across tonight in a Rod & Custom.


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  17. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 31,500


    Wow we are losing the best of the Hot Rod world too soon lately. It's time to find some interested "Kids" now and get them involved before we all go the ways of the dinosaurs. RIP Pete. Condolences to the family.
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  18. hotrodman303
    Joined: Jan 7, 2017
    Posts: 273


  19. 40mel
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 77

    from SoCal

  20. FatTire
    Joined: Jan 23, 2016
    Posts: 14


    Pete's passing is truly a loss. Had the pleasure to have owned and driven the wheels off the last car built by the original Pete&Jakes. Husband, father and pioneer Pete did it with style and class. I join all of the you, rejoicing in his life and praying for his family. Gone, however never forgotten... IMG_0036.JPG
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  21. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 3,143

    from nor cal

    Vaya con Dios!
  22. MrPhat40
    Joined: Apr 30, 2007
    Posts: 89


    Stunned at the loss of Pete
    Thank you so much for sharing this Car Crazy interview.
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  23. Frogz
    Joined: Jan 15, 2013
    Posts: 434


    The California Kid was the first rod I've seen on TV, when I was a child.
    I'll never forget.
    R.I.P. Pete.
  24. alpo
    Joined: May 7, 2011
    Posts: 690

    1. 34 Fords
    2. Mississippi Hambers

    I heard this yesterday morning. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers out to his family and friends. RIP Pete
  25. RPL
    Joined: Mar 22, 2011
    Posts: 62


    A very sad day. The hot rod world lost a true friend. Our thoughts and prayers to Carol, PC4, the family and the Team at So-Cal Speed Shop. Gone but never forgotten. Photo 10.jpg
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    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,423


    RIP Pete, prayers to your family. Your dedication to street ridding will never be forgotten
  27. Littleman
    Joined: Aug 25, 2004
    Posts: 2,619

    Alliance Member
    from OHIO, USA

    Those Moments.................One will never Forget..................This is one for me.......Littleman Dave IMG_20170108_120510_533 (819x1024).jpg
  28. LTM75110
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 525


    The reason I got my first Hotrod , a 34 five window was the California Kid , Wish I still had it. The first Rod and Custom cover with P&J on the cover is my all time favorite. R.I.P. Pete

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