• Oct 6th 2009 at 9:28AM
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In the late hours of October 4th 2009, the world lost an innovator in sport compact racing, Shaun Carlson. The NuFormz owner and fabricator extraordinaire had a genetic heart condition – however, it is unknown if the defect contributed to his death.

In more recent years, Carlson, 35, had been known for his lead on the Team MOPAR drift team, but his roots go all the way back to Truckin' and Turbo Magazine. Although he could shoot cars with the best of them, his talent in building them won out in the end. Carlson knocked the socks off the sport compact industry with the Honda CRX he created in collaboration with Jason Whitfield, but he really blew everyone away when he unveiled the world's first tube frame front-wheel drive Honda Civic. Driven by Stephan Papadakis, the car made the industry stand up and take notice that sport compact drag racing was a force to be reckoned with. Following his Civic's success, Carlson created the spectacular web of steel tubing, carbon fiber and titanium that is known as the Meguiar's Ford Focus. His ability to turn the unfortunate into amazing even transferred over from drag racing and into drifting. This is shown by the Dodge Charger and Challenger he built for two time Formula D champion Samuel Hubinette.

It is an understatement to say that Shaun Carlson will be missed. His influence has been far reaching and he undoubtedly had many more groundbreaking builds ahead of him. On a personal note,I will never forget the guidance and knowledge that he gave me as I was starting to get my feet wet in the automotive industry. I first met Shaun when he brought Stephan's yellow Civic to run on the East Coast. As I stared at the car in wonderment, he went out of his way to tell me all about it. After that, whenever I ran into Shaun at a race, he let me hang around his pit. He never dismissed my probing questions about his mechanical troubles either. He could see I wasn't just a female trying to hang around, but a student with a thirst for knowledge and someone looking for direction. I eventually found that direction with a degree in mechanical engineering. Now, in my work, I think back to design tips I learned from master fabricator Shaun Carlson.

Everyone at Autoblog extends their thoughts to all of Shaun Carlson's loved ones.

[Source: NHRA]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I just wanted to say thank you to all of you that remembered Shaun and what he's done for the racing community. I'd also like to let everyone know about his upcoming memorial service...Here goes:

      Calvary Chapel Chino Valley
      12205 N. Pipeline Ave
      Chino, Ca 91710

      Services to begin on Monday, October 12th, at 1:00PM

      We'd really appreciate all that can come!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another lost talent. RIP.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Sean

        How was that disrespectful?

        RIP Shaun
      • 5 Years Ago
      James Cummins
      • 1 Year Ago
      Almost 4 years ago.. time flys. Seems like just last year I was helping unload the brand new nu-formz body off the trailer.. Miss ya
      • 2 Years Ago
      The cousin is still missed. So many questions and things that could have been learned
      • 5 Years Ago
      35 is too young an age to die. RIP.
      • 5 Years Ago
      there's a name i hadn't heard in a while.

      gone to race in a better place buddy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanx for putting this on Autoblog Merritt, Shaun Carlson will be remembered. My condolences to Sam & the entire NuFormz family
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes that's disrespectful. Some people need to be smart enough to know when to say nothing at all. Be that guy.

      Shaun was a very talented guy, well liked, and an Icon and Pioneer in the Sport Compact market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like other said, 35 is way too young.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shaun, I know in my heart that you can see what we are saying here on this blog. Looking down, thanks for all you have done for each of us down here. Thanks for helping me get my foot in the door as an automotive artist and later an art director in the halls of car magazine publishing. Rest in Peace my friend. - Ed Madinya
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very sad news. Shaun really pushed the boundaries of innovation in the sport compact world. He will definitely be missed.
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