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Offline Seldom Seen Slim

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #210 on: September 23, 2015, 07:33:32 AM »
Hey, Ray?  Day-before-yesterday I wore a shirt with a photo of a big smiley-faced Ray on the back.  Lotsa folks got to see you.  Most of 'em don't have a clue about who the guy on the shirt was - but some of us did, and smiled back atcha.  Rest in peace, Ray.
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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #211 on: September 28, 2015, 10:46:29 AM »
He has had enough time to bond with many souls.

No doubt he has.

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #212 on: September 29, 2015, 09:34:01 AM »
Ray's birthday is very close to that of my younger brother, Sept 25th.

We lost Steve to Cancer when he was only 33, in 1996.   It was a painful loss that destroyed our family.

His birthday is still difficult for me.   And the loss is still very painful.

I think the pain of loss doesn't really diminish.

I think that time does not heal these types of wounds,           time just gives you the gift of allowing you not to think about the loss(es) all the time . . . . . . . .

RIP Ray, Steve, Hank . . . . .     I hope you all have met, wherever you are . . . . . . . . .
I used to be a people person.  But people changed that relationship.

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #213 on: November 08, 2015, 06:43:09 PM »
Doc, did Ray's photo library ever get posted where we can see and/or buy some prints?

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #214 on: November 09, 2015, 11:10:15 PM »
I have NO IDEA how to post that info.

It would take a webmaster just to follow those fotos.

The download to a remote drive took 30+ hours.

Don't know what to say.

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #215 on: November 20, 2015, 08:29:11 PM »
His web page is still live, but I have no idea if the email info on the page is good or anyone checks that mail address for any queries.


http://www.chevyasylum.com/
http://www.chevyasylum.com/lsr/Welcome.html


There is also the photo gallery here on this forum for his images, but I do not know how SSS handles any questions about those images.
http://www.landracing.com/gallery/index.php?cat=94

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #216 on: November 20, 2015, 09:03:32 PM »
Hot Rod:

Thank you, I had forgotten the ChevyAsylum.com location. I wanted to look through them start to finish.


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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #217 on: February 27, 2016, 06:18:15 AM »
Ray,

just that you know that you are not forgotten....it's now two years ago you found your way home...
....something for you....hope you found the right race track at your new place

your old buddy

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #218 on: February 27, 2016, 07:46:45 AM »
 :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #219 on: February 27, 2016, 10:36:47 AM »
Thanks for putting a date to it, Thomas.  I think about our departed buddy -- pretty danged frequently.  I wear one of the R.I.P. Ray shirts every couple of weeks -- and just like so many other folks we've met in land speed racing -- we miss him, too.

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #220 on: February 27, 2016, 11:02:34 AM »
 :cheers:  :cheers: :cheers: Here's to you RAY!!!!  you are a very pleasant recall
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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #221 on: February 27, 2016, 12:51:45 PM »
  If I was still drinking I would hoist "one for Ray" but I am afraid it would end up being "way too many for Ray".  I can still say that like everyone else, I miss Him and cherish the memory of a chat We had at the Reunion dinner a few days earlier.  I thanked Him for His work and He congratulated Me on My Recovery.
  Ray was a gift to all of us.
p.s.  Slim, Why don't You Make up some Ray decals for our Race Vehicles.  I would pay $100. for two...........
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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #222 on: February 27, 2016, 01:02:11 PM »
Pork Pie..................

Thank You. a nine hour head start is only appropriate.

You were very well bonded with Ray.

Thank You.

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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #223 on: February 27, 2016, 05:03:27 PM »
Here's a rerun of a tribute I posted 2 years ago about two of my favorite SpeedWeek characters . . .


The story I tell about Ray is that a year (or two?) ago, I was shooting my snapshots over on 2.  Ray was behind me a ways with one of his Howitzers. 

He says, "Stan, I'm going back to the car and get out of the sun for a while."

"You can't go now, Ray."

"Why not?"

"Look on the line, who's next."

"Whadaja mean?"

"It's One-Run Bob.  You might not want to miss this."

"Oh.  Okay."

And, on cue, Bob takes a longish push-off, nails it in first gear, and chases his push truck to near disaster.  It started out, behind me, as click . . . click . . . click and then click,click,click,click,click.  A great sequence that I think One-Run might have be able to post here.  I thought it was great the way Ray caught the drama.  He was always ready for the unexpected.

I'm already missing him.


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Re: Ray the Rat
« Reply #224 on: February 27, 2016, 05:54:28 PM »
  Stan, that was at the W.F.'s and I didn't have any of my normal crew so We didn't have the in-car camera.  Pork Pie may have something but I can't remember who shot the spin photo's.  By the way, not only was Ray missed at the banquet but so were You!  If the fog clears You might remember being crowned on stage............ :roll: :wink: :cheers:                                                      Ol' whuzizname, out.............................
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