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    Report: Legendary stunt innovator Hal Needham dead at age 82 [w/video]
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    Watch through the end credits of any movie – an action movie especially – and you're bound to see a whole team of stuntmen involved in the production. But of all the stunties in Hollywood, Hal Needham stood out as one of the most important. And now, we're sad to say, he is no ...

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    Report: Dean Jeffries, legendary customizer, dies at 80
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    Vehicle customization has played a huge role in car culture in the US, and Dean Jeffries was perhaps one of the most well-known builders, painters and customizers of his time. Hemmings is reporting that Jeffries died on Sunday at the age of 80. He leaves behind a legacy in the automotive world ...

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    Report: Remembering legendary motorsports journalist Chris Economaki [w/video]
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    Legendary motorsports journalist and racing commentator, Chris Economaki, died late on Thursday evening at the age of 91. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1920, Economaki began working for National Speed Sport News at the tender age of 13, selling copies of the magazine. He worked for the ...

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    Confirmed: Legendary designer Sergio Pininfarina passes away
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    The world of automotive design has lost another great. Sergio Pininfarina – the honorary chairman of the Pininfarina Group that bears his family name – passed away last night at age 85. Sergio took control of Pininfarina as chairman back in 1966 after his father, Gian Battista ...

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    Official: 1959 Le Mans winner Roy Salvadori dies, 23 days after teammate Carroll Shelby [w/video]
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    Race car driver Roy Salvadori died on Sunday, June 3, at the age of 90. He was best known in the U.S. as the teammate of Carroll Shelby, the automotive impresario who was Salvadori's co-driver when they won Le Mans in 1959. Shelby died just weeks earlier, succumbing to complications from ...

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    Confirmed: Ferdinand Alexander Porsche - designer of the 911 - dies at age 76
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    Porsche has announced that Ferdinand Alexander Porsche – grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, son of Ferry Porsche and designer of the iconic 911 – passed away today, April 5, at the age of 76. He died in Salzburg, Austria of unknown causes. It goes without saying that the 911 is the most ...

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    Petersen Automotive Museum co-founder Margie Petersen passes away at 76
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    Margie Petersen, philanthropist and wife of late automotive publisher Robert E. Petersen, died on November 25, succumbing to breast cancer at the age of 76. Mrs. Petersen was best known in automotive circles for helping her husband found the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, which opened ...

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    Breaking: MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli dies in race accident [w/video]
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    Bad news, it seems, does come in threes, as we're grieved to report the passing of Marco Simoncelli. The MotoGP rider succumbed to injuries sustained this weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix, his death coming barely a week after those of Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon and Baja racer Rick ...

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    NASCAR exec Jim Hunter dead at 71
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    NASCAR's VP of communications, Jim Hunter, has passed away after a 12-month bout with cancer. Over six decades of motorsport involvement, he moved from from being a sportswriter and editor to handling PR for Dodge racing in the sixties. From there, we went on to handle PR for two marquee ...

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    Trevor Wilkinson, TVR founder, dead at 85
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    TVR Grantura. Click above for model history and more photos. Trevor Wilkinson, who founded the British sports car marque, TVR, has died at the age of 85 in Minorca, Spain, where he lived in retirement. Mr. Wilkinson had apparently been seriously ill, according to reports. He built his business in ...

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    RIP: James Robert Stewart, 1931-2008
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    We're saddened to report the passing of James Robert Stewart, former racing driver, eldest member of the Stewart racing family and older brother to triple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart. Although his own racing career was rather unremarkable, he would later act as the inspiration for his ...

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    Jack Odell (1920 - 2007) - Creator of the Matchbox car
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    Matchbox cars. We collected them. We played with them. We loved them. Heck, a lot of us still do. And over the weekend, the man responsible for making these simple, inexpensive pleasures a reality passed away. Jack Odell was 87 years old. The inspiration for the Matchbox car came after he created a ...

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