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Rotorhead
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I only spoke to this man for 2 or 3 minutes just before the run. I was only a kid, but he was so cool, he shared his plans to go for the land speed record. He was very friendly to me. Bucko posted my original email above.

March 23, 2012 at 1:25 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Michael Mariani
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Russel Mendez was my good friend from when I met him in 1971 until his death in '75. I was at his funeral and was standing by the hearse when the driver couldn't turn the engine off due to engine run on. I too felt it was a sign that Russel was sending to all of us that he wasn't ready to leave us. He is still in my heart and I remain good friends with his older brother Bob to this day. I knew Ramon and Arvil as well. May they also rest in peace. I remember Schrey very well also. She was always very nice to me back in those days.

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January 18, 2015 at 12:20 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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