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Folks Of Interest RIP Tom Jobe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by warbird1, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. The last member of the "Surfers" team passed away at age 79 yesterday, Sept. 7. Tom was a class act who was involved in many kinds of racing over the years, from Top Fuel to Land Speed racing. He will be missed...

    RIP Tom
  2. pbr40
    Joined: Aug 10, 2008
    Posts: 796

    from NW Indiana

    Huge player in top fuel! For sure will be missed by all
  3. Oh man,,,sorry to hear this.
    I spoke to him several years ago about the old days,,,and the Surfers.
    A lot of knowledge was there.
    It was amazing how much they pushed the envelope in Fuel racing.
    Really sad to hear about his passing!

  4. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,700

    from Canada

    Rest in Peace
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  5. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 3,404


    A brilliant mind that brought new ideas to fuel racing. Godspeed Tom.
  6. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19,727

    from Michigan

  7. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 18,911


    Condolences to the Jobe Family and Friends on the passing of Tom...

    He sowed seeds of innovation and knowledge for others to revere and carry forward...may He Rest in Peace...thanks for sharing this loss to the Community @warbird1
  8. Really enjoyed the Bill Pitts video series. Tom seemed like a real nice guy and good story teller. May you RIP Tom....
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  9. V8 Bob
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
    Posts: 2,741

    V8 Bob

    I really enjoyed the Surfers videos. Tom was a great story teller, and class act. RIP.
  10. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 8,510

    jimmy six

    So sorry to hear this. I recently had the pleasure to talk with him about the videos. A classy standup gentlemen... May he truly Rest In Peace.
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  11. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 3,122

    Speed Gems

    Oh man:mad: I'm glad i posted all those youtube clips here. I'm also glad the story of The Surfers was able too be told before he died. What an invaluable pice of drag racing history this man left us before he died.
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  12. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 1,397

    lumpy 63

  13. Just thinking no rest for those guys we've lost.....they're gearing up in the heavens and watching for a great pass.....thanks for the memories !.
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  14. Mark Hinds
    Joined: Feb 20, 2009
    Posts: 594

    Mark Hinds
    from pomona ca

    Got to meet him last year, what a great man. I convinced a friend to go to one of the luncheons that Jay Carpenter puts together. It was great to see these old competitors talking drag racing and just enjoying life. Herb Ries and Mikio Yoshioka shooting the breeze with Tom. RIP Tom Jobe. P3291506.JPG P3291506.JPG IMG_0196.JPG IMG_0198.JPG
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  15. We always enjoyed visiting with Tom and reminiscing about our Top Fuel battles of long ago and when I learned of his passing this morning I about fell out of my chair.
    The Surfers, now all gone, were good friends and fierce racing opponents.

    Rest In Peace, old friend!!
    From the Watchdog Team
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  16. Thomas Henry Jobe (August 31, 1940 - September 7, 2019).jpg
    Thomas Henry Jobe
    August 31, 1940 - September 7, 2019

    Last edited: Sep 9, 2019
  18. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 33,485


    Condolences to the Jobe Family and Friends of Tom. :(
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  19. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,513



    It is with a sorrowful heart that this passing of Tom Jobe had on me. Since we had an early history of drag racing at Lions Dragstrip, several people have shown kindness and support over the past years. Tom was one of them. His notoriety at Lions goes back into the early years of drag racing, well beyond our involvement era. But, drag racing was still running through our lifestyles, until it wasn't. His lasted a lifetime, that was outstanding...

    When he had one of his recent illnesses, we talked about early drag racing at Lions. He was one of the supporters of my early films and editing information. He had ideas for me to pursue. It was exciting that someone involved in drag racing from back in those 1960s had an interest in my films. So, I sent him a get well package. Hopefully, it made his recovery a little better.

    NOTE: When the first Lions Dragstrip Museum opened in 2017, he was aware that my films were playing on the screen along a corner display. Those copies of the original Lions films were sent to him during one of his recovery days. During any recovery, what makes one happy serves its intended purpose for a get well wish.

    Thank you for your support and kindness…

  20. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,727


    Although I only got the see them in print ,The Surfers, were a force to be reckoned with at any meet thuey attended. Tom Jobe, the last Surfer, is on his way to meet the rest of the team. Prayers and Condolences to his Family, Friends and Fans.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2019
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  21. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
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  22. chase knight
    Joined: Jul 2, 2007
    Posts: 123

    chase knight

    R.I.P. I had the pleasure of having dinner with him (and some other racing notables) five years ago. My first real-life encounter with Tom. He was totally humble, sharp as can be, and a wealth of information. We also had friends in common from when he was a machinist at American Honda for their racing teams, and we talked about that as much as drag racing. I'd hoped to resume the conversation someday, but I waited too long. Godspeed.
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  23. echo ed
    Joined: Nov 30, 2013
    Posts: 68

    echo ed
    from fla.

    As a youngster the Surfers were my favorite fop fuel team, thanks for the memories, RIP Tom along with the rest of the team.
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  24. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,665

    Kan Kustom

    One of those rare guys who had every opportunity and right to be cocky and above the rest of us and yet chose to be humble and be a truly great man.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2020
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  25. So sad to hear. RIP
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  26. Legend.
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  27. Has anyone got a copy of the old cartoon that someone drew back then.
    I saw it years ago,,,,but can’t remember the exact wording.
    It was a drawing of some witches next to a cauldron,,,they were stirring the stew.

    One witch said to the others,,,,”I bet even the Surfers never cooked up a brew like this”.

    The Surfers were well know for the Nitro blends,,,,I think there said they went 100 percent nitro way back then,,,,just didn’t broadcast it to everyone.
    Very strong running Hemis,,,,,Great guys!

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  28. yellow dog
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 445

    yellow dog
    from san diego

    Good thoughts re Jobe for many years now.....had a calculus class with him in 60's at SMCC.
    As all wannabe engineers we wore cords and a white short sleeve shirts to classes.
    He was a good friend of a good friend and was a hero to all the local west LA racers,
    especially after the Bakersfield meet. Good thoughts remain.
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  29. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,482

    Atwater Mike

    I sheepishly asked Tom in a conversation years back (Bakersfield?) about what 'prompted' them to dare 100% Nitro!
    His answer: "The impatience of Jobe..."
    Brilliant man. Easy to talk with, very informative.
    Godspeed, Sir.
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