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Customs Spence is gone....

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bdamfino, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. Bdamfino
    Joined: Jan 27, 2006
    Posts: 348

    from Hamlet, NC

    Just saw on Instagram Spence Murray passed away. He kept the custom car flame burning thru the sixties and seventies....getting old has its moments.
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  2. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 19,086


    Condolences to the Murray Family on the passing of Spence...What a life he had, with knowing and working with Winfield in varied builds and so much more...May he Rest in Peace...Spence apparently laid the Flames on This Truck/Hotrod/Custom which are hugely simplistic but really Art Out this Hotrod/Custom which is in essence Art on Most Hotrods and Customs...


    130mph Standing Still...’s_Dream_Truck

    Quoted from article at Kustomrama below...

    "In 1954 the Dream Truck was equipped with one of the first Chevrolet V8’s that left the factory. The engine was installed just before the 1954 Bonneville Nationals. After installing the engine, an before he hit off to the salt lakes, Spence sprayed white flames on the red truck."

    Credit to Photographer, Owner
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2020
  3. Wow, sorry hear that.
    His 36 roadster build in R&C was hugely influential on me back then.
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  4. Michael Ottavi
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 124

    Michael Ottavi

    Very sad to hear another hot rod taste maker has left the building, RIP.
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  5. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,549

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Wow, very sad news. My condolences to his family and friends. Godspeed Spence.
  6. Yet another icon lost. Rest in eternal peace 599px-Spencer-murray-2019-5.jpg Mr. Murray. We all owe you a debt of gratitude.
  7. R.I.P.
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  8. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 1,410

    lumpy 63

  9. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 3,452


    Looking at Spence’s accomplishments he was so much more than how we knew him, he lived a full, well rounded life. Godspeed Mr. Murray.
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  10. reagen
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 193


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  11. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,371


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  12. WOW....What a career...RIP Sir.....
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  13. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,730


    Sorry to read this. I was a young man/boy when I started reading his stuff, and I'm 68 now. Godspeed, sir.
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  14. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,333

    Jalopy Joker

    another that helped change the automotive world - sincere sympathy goes out to his Family, friends and fans
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  15. RIP Spence.
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  16. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19,922

    from Michigan

  17. All the classic rod magazines disappearing is appropriate. Spence, Tex Smith, etc. being gone yields them somehow inconsequential.
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  18. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 949

    from landis n c

    He influenced many a young person in to the world of hotrodding, including me. Thanks for sharing you talent and RIP.......
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  19. Spence Murray.jpg
    Spencer "Spence" Murray
    January 5, 1927 - October 14, 2020

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  20. Spence Murray's 1941 Chevy (with customization by Link Paola).jpg
    Spencer's 1941 Chevy

    Spencer Murray's 1949 Chevy.jpg
    Murray's 1949 Chevy

    Spence Murray posing with R&C Dream Truck at Valley Custom.jpg
    Spence Murray posing with the R&C Dream Truck (under construction at Valley Custom)
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  21. 1976 - Spence Murray's 1936 Ford R&C Project Custom.jpg
    Spence Murray in his (R&C Project)1936 Ford Custom - circa 1976

    2012 - Spence Murray in his 1936 Ford ('78 R&C Project Custom) by Spike Kilmer (1).jpg
    2012 - Spence Murray in his 1936 Ford ('78 R&C Project Custom) by Spike Kilmer (2).jpg
    2012 - Spence Murray in his 1936 Ford ('78 R&C Project Custom) by Spike Kilmer (3).jpg
    Spence was reunited with the '36 R&C Project Custom in 2012 for a Rodder's Journal photo shoot
    (images by Spike Kilmer)
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2020
  22. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 7,569

    Bandit Billy

    ^^^^Very cool pictures! Looks like a happy camper! RIP and thank you.
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  23. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,462

    0NE BAD 51 MERC

    I read one time that Spence's 49 Chevy ended up in Minnesota and every year I go to back to 50's there is red one that I swear is that car but have never come across the owner to find out. See he made it to 93, hope in his final years he still retained the memories of a fulfilling life. RIP Larry
  24. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,514

    Atwater Mike

    Spence was a scribe's scribe. Prolific writer, and an imaginative 'wrench' as well.
    I recall when he pulled the Dream Truck to shows on a tow bar, behind R&C's Cameo.
    Raining that year in Santa Clara county, Spence and 2 pals pushed the Dream truck in the back door of the San Jose Autorama, (1957? '58?) I was pleased to help wipe the rain off that beautiful lavender Mist paint.
    (Dream truck had just gotten the quad headlights...)
    Sadly, a couple issues of R&C (or Car craft) the Cameo blew a tire with Dream truck in tow, was upside down in a Kansas field, the Dream truck on its side with the drivers door torn off.
    Spence? If you're reading this, thousands of hearts went out to you NOW.
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  25. AVater
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,487

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    My condolences to his family and friends.
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  26. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,029

    from Dublin, OH

    Trail Blazer, and keeper of the ''flame''.
    Rest in Peace, God Speed!
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  27. Never met him but followed his work as editor of R&C in my teen years, quite an accomplished man, prolific writer with many interests.
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  28. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,648

    Stu D Baker
    from Illinois

    RIP. An automotive icon, for sure.
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  29. Remarkable list of accomplishments. Must have been a hell of a man. RIP
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