While many roadside tributes include crosses, signs and flowers, the friends and colleagues of Daniel Toops found a more unusual – yet seemingly fitting – way to honor him. Toops, the owner of Toops Performance in London, Ohio, passed away early Thanksgiving morning as the passenger in a single-vehicle accident, and on their way to his viewing, a convoy comprised almost exclusively of tuned diesel trucks stopped in front of Toops' shop with a soot-spewing, tire-smoking tribute which was all caught on video.

According to mydailyregister.com, Toops was a self-taught diesel mechanic with a flair for innovative solutions, and his shop's Facebook page shows that he was competitively involved in truck pulls. The 13-minute video is posted below showing more than 50 trucks laying rubber on a stretch of rural Ohio backroad, along with a second, more conventional tribute video. Note: There's a brief bit of explicit language right at the end of the first video.




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      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is the sweetest thing ever. I don't want flowers cut in brazil, flown to the states, processed, and driven across country and across town to be delivered to my family's house, just to die the next day and be thrown in the trash with the single-use vase. This actually meant something to the family. This collective act is touching.
      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 1 Year Ago
      CTS-V Wagon for the win!
      lasertekk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Trashy. Send flowers next time to the next of kin, it's more dignified and civilized.
        Kayt R Ferguson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lasertekk
        It wasn't trashy, if you knew the Toops family then you would understand. Seeing OVER 200 of us gather from miles and miles away brought tears to his families eyes. Flowers die and burnouts fade but we will always remember the convoy that gathered in his name and we will always have a piece of him when we drive our trucks. People mourne and remember differently but ur rudeness is not needed. Different situations call for different tributes.
      MassiveTurboLag
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thanks for the plumes of smoke Danny. Even in death you prove to be an *******.
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MassiveTurboLag
        Sorry but with a username of "Massive Turbo Lag" I'd say anything that has massive lag will be a real big fuel-burnin-smoke-producing turbo. So you're not exactly driving anything much better with a big turbo...... Just sayin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MassiveTurboLag
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        Kayt R Ferguson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MassiveTurboLag
        Really?!?! You've got to be joking?
        Kayt R Ferguson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MassiveTurboLag
        Where the hell do you get off disrespecting a man that is dead! You have no idea the toll his loss has made on all of us! Who the f*** do you think you are?!?!
      Tweaker
      • 1 Year Ago
      That will sure sell plenty of diesels. "Clean" diesel my a**.
        VDuB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tweaker
        Obviously not German diesel. It's stupid American diesel.
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          @VDuB
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        @Tweaker
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          Technoir
          • 1 Year Ago
          Aaron N You are super-dumb. It's a new kind of extreme level of stupidity.
          Badfish941
          • 1 Year Ago
          Even if that was true and it did "just fall back to the ground" It still gets washed of the road and back into the environment. Plus it's the stuff you can't see that's really ***** up the atmosphere, but I'm not going to waste my time explaining that to your dumb ass . I hate diesel tuners sooo much!!!!!!!
      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dumb as soot
      car czar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where is Jeff Fox Worthy......Just must have been a redneck if your friends do diesel powered burnouts to remember you.
      Logan Stanforth
      • 1 Year Ago
      His family actually thought it was the greatest thing ever, especially since people from multiple states showed up to show Danny respect since he was one of the best in what he done and people have donated lots of money to the family to show support. I should know, I'm the one that made the memorial video shortly after I found out we lost Danny last Thursday and we've had almost 15,000 views since then. I seriously doubt that many will be there for your passing.......
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Logan Stanforth
        You are totally right. I go to google and start typing D-a-n-n-y T- and Blam google shows the first suggestion as Danny Toops. Amazing how far this guy's name got around.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it's cool so many people came to honor him. I'm humbled..... Can only hope to have such a packed out showing when I die.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
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        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        I'm sure that one Mitsubishi dealer in your state will send a letter of condolence along with an offer for 2.9% APR financing on a new Lancer and would you please buy one my family has to eat.
          Neez
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          No it's more like. "We heard your loved one died and now you have an extra car, it just so happens we have several customers looking to buy that exact make and model so we're offering 0% down and extra money if you trade it in on a new car!!!!".
      davebo357
      • 1 Year Ago
      So am I to understand that this guy was a brilliant pioneer in the field of... wasting diesel fuel and stupid automotive trends? Or was he a really good diesel mechanic and people honored him by doing something stupid with diesel engines? It'd be like if a police officer got killed and people honored him by shooting themselves in the foot.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @davebo357
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      dovegraybird
      • 1 Year Ago
      Far more touching than the usual bunch of BS left roadside.
      Cory Stansbury
      • 1 Year Ago
      'MERICA! Love it!
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