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« on: March 09, 2009, 04:22:20 PM »

Racing & safety equipment pioneer Jim Deist passed away this morning. Having known Jim for over 50 years and using all of his equipment as well as working with him at the drags and Bonneville it is hard to put into words what a major loss this is. He will be missed and never forgotten. sad

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 04:27:48 PM »

This is a shocker. cry  I was just talking to him last month.

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009, 04:48:53 PM »

Very sad day for all racing enthusiasts, Jim kept a lot of us safe over the years  cry
God Speed Jim...
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2009, 04:53:50 PM »

Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My condolances to the Family.

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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2009, 05:18:08 PM »

What an incredible loss to the racing community as a whole. Our condolences to the many many people that knew him well.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2009, 06:24:29 PM »

I was fortunate enough to get his advice a few years ago on how to attach a parachute to my car. Godspeed, Jim.

Regards, Neil  Tucson, AZ
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2009, 06:49:43 PM »

Without Jim's help at Speed Week last year, we would have had to pack it up.  Our window net wasn't cutting it with tech, and Jim dug around in his truck until he and found us a "super-size" window net and mount.

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2009, 07:06:00 PM »

I tried to call him a couple of weeks ago and couldnt get an answer... then this morning about 11 i remembered "shoot i gotta call Jim" and even made a note so i could get with him this week..... Bummer another great loss of history, information, and help....
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2009, 08:27:42 PM »

Somehow, the world is not quite the same anymore without men like Jim Deist. I'm proud to display his name on my parachute. Godspeed, Jim!
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2009, 08:54:58 PM »

A very sad day in racing indead. Jim has done many things for our sport. He will be greatly missed. Godspeed Jim.   cry
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2009, 09:02:42 PM »

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He had a wealth of knowledge about safety equipment and shared it freely. He helped me so many times I can't recall them all.
He called me "the gila monster" from Arizona. Condolences to his wife and family. I am sorry now that I did not keep in touch better after I quit running the car.
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2009, 10:05:49 PM »

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. Gods speed Jim.

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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2009, 10:08:46 PM »

  I am very sorry to hear of Jims passing.  He was a great guy to just sit and talk to he had so much expierence in safety you could always learn something talking to him and he was very happy to help in anyway he could.  I had to send my fire suit back and have it altered and when it came back you could not tell where they had added 2 inches to it.   He had a couple of Peach trees in his back yard and we would talk Peaches every year when I would see him.  It was fun.  God Bless him and God Bless to his family.  Brian #7796
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2009, 10:17:03 PM »

He was the first man to ever give me a B'ville shirt. I think we should reproduce it for B'ville 2009. I had talked to him about that. Maybe we owe it to him.

Wouldn't it be something to send the family a shot of the early shirt (probably about 1965 or '66) with 100 people wearing it the first day of B'ville ?

I'll dig out the image and post it. We could do that and pay tribute to him and his dedication to all racers.

I'll bet Frank and John would approve.

This shot was from Gas Up  2008

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« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2009, 10:29:38 PM »

Jim's efforts from day one with Landspeed 'chutes no doubt saved lives and set the standards for high landspeed retardation.

Yrs truly remembers him working out of his driveway in the early days, and of course. the old Irving Air Chute building  Diest occupied -although a bit of a firetrap, should be declared some sort of historical site.

Passing of a motorsports giant.
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