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Offline Freud

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Ray the Rat
« on: February 27, 2014, 11:34:46 PM »
I am very sorry to report that we lost Ray the Rat (Ray Buck) today.

His heart had been carrying a heavy load for a long time and an infection

that he picked up in Death Valley was the cause of his death.

A severe infection and an ailing heart were too much for him.

He was coming to my house and he made it to within 5 blocks.

RIP in peace my friend.


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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 11:43:18 PM »
Ray was an inspiration, his photos bring things to life. He will always be remembered and missed. It was a joy to spend time with him. RIP my friend.
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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 12:08:19 AM »
Gone too soon, God speed.

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 12:09:47 AM »
I'm sorry I never got to meet you in person Ray.

God Bless you man. Rest in Peace.

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 12:29:54 AM »
Dodge! Dodge! Dodge!

I thought he looked bad Friday eve, but Dodge!

Sleep well, brother.  I'll always treasure our conversations in my truck to and from the PT boat tour.


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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2014, 01:31:21 AM »
I'm so sorry to hear this. Rest in peace Ray. You'll be sorely missed by many. You were definitely one of the best.


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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2014, 05:17:34 AM »
RIP, Ray.

glad to have known you the bit that I did.

Bill Franey
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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2014, 05:38:06 AM »
What a lost.

Ray, my wonderful friend, rest in peace........I will never forget you
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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2014, 06:01:36 AM »
Made a special point to meet Ray at the 2009 Salt Talks.

Godspeed, Ray Buck.

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2014, 07:41:20 AM »
Ray always acted real good around me. Our paths crossed quite a few times at Bonneville and the Rat Fink Reunion. We're all going to miss him. He's been a big part of this place. Wayno

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2014, 08:06:58 AM »
Rest in peace Ray.  D@MN!  :-(
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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2014, 08:13:43 AM »
Oh Ray, we hardly knew ye.

Let's all take some solace in knowing the we all, here on this Forum and this website, helped Ray gain some of his fame.  A good handful of years ago Nancy and I ran across him at the salt an, in our own way, helped him start taking more and more photos from Bonneville.  He was already an accomplished photographer of car stuff -- and he became one of the top shelf photographers at the salt.  He was brilliant, he was cranky, and most of all -- he was great to know.

His legacy will live on as long as this site is up and running, for we've got untold hundreds of his photos in the Gallery and other places here.  He was wise enough to have placed his watermark on his work - so you'll be able to tell which shots are his.  I hope that that alone will cut down on the number of times his work is taken and used without giving him the credit he is due for the photos.

An iconic shot of his"  How about the picture he took when Tom Burkland came into the pits "hot" at the Shootout five years ago?  Ray caught the car with four (out of all four) wheels in the air.  You don't see that in land speed racing very often.  Thanks to Ray -- we can see it again and again.

Rest in peace, my friend.  Say hi to Bill and Dr. Bob while you're at it, okay?
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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2014, 08:37:34 AM »
Geez - I met Ray in 2010.  He was shooting pics, and really getting serious about getting the Monte ready to roll. 

Ray brought Bonneville home to us who couldn't attend every meet.  For that, I'll be always grateful.

Godspeed, Ray.
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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2014, 08:38:43 AM »
The Tom Burkland shot is hanging in his Living Room, along with a hundred more everywhere in the house, chronicling his journey through life and his love for automobiles.  Visiting his site you see all types of auto action shots and beauty shots, he loved the camera from the backside.  
When we talked at the NW Reunion he said he was wearing out, coughing and having some breathing issues... but not to worry, he was getting over it.  
Ray my friend, you will be missed on this earth, and especially on this forum.  Your gift was a gift to all of us.
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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2014, 09:04:20 AM »
RIP Ray.  He was a great ambassador for LSR and his shots were memorable.  We will miss him.
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