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Tommy T.C. Lemons RIP

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Nitro crew chief, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. Nitro crew chief
    Joined: May 4, 2008
    Posts: 174

    Nitro crew chief
    from Illinois

    I just got word we lost T.C. today to a massive heart attack. Rest in peace my friend.

    Last edited: Jan 11, 2012
  2. Sorry to hear this....Rest in peace T C...
  3. kscuda
    Joined: Jun 27, 2008
    Posts: 241

    from olathe, ks

    Another great one leaves us RIP
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,591


    We received a e-mail that was forwarded from Don Gartlits that TC had passed. Don and he was suppose to do an interview and Don called him a couple of times and got no answer so then he went to the cabin where he was staying and found him in his easy chair. My husband and i saw him at the awards banquet at Bowling Green. He was very funny. May he rest in peace. Thinking of Don and all of TC's friends.
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  5. AnimalAin
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 3,417


    Another legend gone. RIP.
  6. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,599


    here he is, doing what he did best

  7. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,675


    Nice guy, I got to meet him in NYC when he delivered a Swamp Rat for a car display in the basement of the Kodak building. That was quite a move. Rest in peace, thoughts and prayers going out to his friends and family.
  8. "Doc" Parsons
    Joined: Jun 26, 2005
    Posts: 342

    "Doc" Parsons

  9. Henry Floored
    Joined: Sep 18, 2004
    Posts: 1,370

    Henry Floored

    I had the pleasure of meeting T.C. at the Garlits museum one time. Shot the breeze with my buddy and I for about a half an hour. We got some insight about the old days and it was great! R.I.P.
  10. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 24,597

    Jalopy Joker

    Sad day - check out
  11. T.C. was instrumental in making Garlits' first rear engine car drivable,
    which in turn, revolutionized Top Fuel in terms of safety and performance.

    Godspeed T.C.
    Joined: Aug 7, 2007
    Posts: 289


    I talk about T.C at least once a week . about the great stories he had to tell and what a great guy he was a true one of akind person , you will be missed my friend R.I.P.
  13. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,674

    frank spittle

    My condolences to his family and friends. Don has lost one of his closest friends. It was especially "entertaining" to hear Tommy tell stories about crewing for Big Daddy back in the day.
  14. jbon64
    Joined: Jul 26, 2006
    Posts: 463


    rest easy TC.
  15. clubcoupe37
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 497


    another legend lost. prayers go out to his family. RIP TC
  16. Smokin' Joe
    Joined: Jul 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,000

    Smokin' Joe
    Member Emeritus

    Man, I hate to hear that. One of the true un-sung heroes of drag racing. Behind every record that Garlits set, behind every innovation, you can be sure that T.C. was more than happy to be behind the scenes. He was a true friend with a heart of gold, an awesome memory and a sharp wit.

    The last time I stopped by the museum to visit with him, we walked down 2 aisles and it took an hour and a half because he shared stories about every car we came up on. Talk about a true walk down memory lane! I only wish I had a recorder with me.

    Rest in peace, my friend!
  17. From the very beginning days at the Golden Triangle dragstrip, TC and Garlits were a team. May he rest in peace and my Condolences to Don Garlits and the Lemmon family.
  18. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,461

    from Owasso, OK

    Rest in Peace TC.

    Back in the mid-sixties I remember seeing him and Big Daddy's rig in Bixby from time to time. My condolences to the family.
  19. Luke S.
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 180

    Luke S.
    from Ocala, Fl.

    A tremendous loss to say the least. TC had more stories of, the behind the scene stories, than anyone I know. He was there, saw it, and had the thrill of living it. I had the pleasure of getting to know him over the last few years at "Area 52". I often told him he needed to write them down, or have someone record them. His reply as usual would be "fuck that, I don't give a fuck!"... or something similar. He was a character for sure! He'll be missed by all who knew him, and had the chance to call him a friend. He made me laugh, and smile every time I saw him. God Bless ya TC.
  20. bob t!
    Joined: Aug 23, 2011
    Posts: 209

    bob t!

    Met T.C. through the late Roberto"Poncho" Rendon ,they were good friends.Each of them was a great story teller but together it was amazing.R.I.P. T.C.
  21. flyingpiston53
    Joined: Sep 7, 2008
    Posts: 30

    from bristol ri

    They were great stories the best thing was about Him was from the moment you met him he made you feel like you've known him your whole life he left quite an impression on me and he will be sorely missed a. True pioneer and legend of the sport R.I.P
  22. Ruckweiler
    Joined: Jan 12, 2012
    Posts: 1

    from Ocala, FLA

    Knew TC at Big Daddy's museum since '99. Good old country boy and fun to talk to. Have an annual pass so saw him often. I'm sorry Big Daddy had to find him dead but knew that he'd been sick a long time. As others have said, another legend passes. TC, RIP.
  23. plyguy
    Joined: Dec 17, 2010
    Posts: 52

    from se mich

    Sad day.....R.I.P T.C.
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,591


    I have forwarded this thread to Don. Thought he would want to see all the good things that people have had to say.
  25. greg32
    Joined: Jun 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,028

    from lemont,IL

    Got a tee shirt from Bigs museum, on the back a quote from T.C., "I didnt want my mother to know I was drag racing for 20 years, so I told her I was in prison."
  26. Nitro crew chief
    Joined: May 4, 2008
    Posts: 174

    Nitro crew chief
    from Illinois

    I don't think T.C. had an enemy, the more posts I read about him it comes out even more that he was a friend to everyone that passed his way. He was also a very humble man. He had told me some stories about him and Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins and I had a book on Grumpy's life, so I had just sent it to him to read. I'm sure he never had time to read it all, but I hope he was able to enjoy some of it.
  27. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,884

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    When I was 16 at the gator nationals.... he was very kind to me while messing with Don's digger after a warm up pass....
    I will never forget that.

  28. Bucksnort
    Joined: Dec 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,308


    Sad news..but I am sure he had a great ride in life.
    Best to his family and friends.
  29. Mr. Mac
    Joined: May 16, 2005
    Posts: 1,919

    Mr. Mac

    Another great Okie gone,RIP TC.
    Joined: Apr 17, 2007
    Posts: 107


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