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#1 Noose

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:17 AM

I heard today that one of the legends in slot racing, Gunther Faas, passed away yesterday. My condolences to his family.

I knew Gunther as a kid and enjoyed his company when he came to Nutley and when we went to all the raceways here in the East. His gears were the standard for a long time. I wish I had a picture of him from back then but I don't. I did find one from he Nats at Port Jeff.

RIP, Gunther...

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:24 AM

Gunther, Rest in Peace.

Gunther was the maker of Faas gears, the best there was in the early 1970s, the winner's choice. :(

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:34 AM

I still have some brass ones from the '70s, and a polymer from the '90s. Faas has been one the "names" in slot racing for a long time. Another legend passes on.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:35 AM

I met him many years ago and he was always so nice to people that just came up to introduce themselves to him. Rest in peace, Gunter.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:36 AM

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Thanks to Mr. Faas for his great products. R.I.P.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:04 AM

Sad news indeed.

One of the manufacturers of the highest quality products in slot racing... ever. Took the application of spur gears up several levels for the time (and even now) in a era when very high horsepower, strong brakes, and lots of glue were the way things got done. All things that really load up on the power transmission link - pinion and spur gears.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:24 AM

I still have many Faas gears left in my collection from the early '80s. I believe they were fashioned from berylium copper. Much more resistant to abrasion than regular copper. It was a tremendous advance in gears and a tribute to Gunter Faas.

Rest in Peace.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:25 AM

Every good car in the day had Faas gears, the very best.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:06 AM

RIP, Gunther. You were a fixture in our world and always a pleasure to be with.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:58 AM

Sad news. I met Gunther back in the '60s at Glen Oaks. Always the gentleman. He will be missed.

My favorite Gunther story: At a race somewhere in the '90s, he ran an entire heat with his car on the fan in his pits. He was watching someone else's car! The place was in hysterics!!

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 04:28 PM

Joe,

If I'm not mistaken, that is Gunther on the left. He used to travel a lot with Wayne Belinski (seated with the striped pants ) and his father.

This is the Nutley track when it was in Belleville. Race director was Emmot.

I would say 1969-70?

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 05:16 PM

Definitely not him.

Buncha Joiseyboys! LOL.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 05:33 PM

The geek on the left is Gene Bosinski, Wayne's father. Great guy. He worked for military at Picatinney? No ideas how to spell arsenal. He used to get the steel for our steel center section chassis soft so it was easy to cut and bend up and then oil harden it.

Gunther used to come with Big Jim and I believe Vic Cabrera.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 06:43 PM

The Faas gears were the only thing we ran in the early '80s. A major game changer since Cox-Weldon-Tradeship. A great innovator to be remembered for a long time.

Regards and condolences to the family/friends of Mr. Faas.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 06:47 PM

I am very sorry to hear of Gunther's passing. We raced together back in the '60s and then in the '90s at Port Jeff.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 06:48 PM

That's Bob Emott on the mike. Indeed, Gene and Wayne Bosinski. 1969 likely.



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Posted 28 October 2011 - 08:21 PM

Later, since it was in the new store.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 08:33 PM

The first gears Gunther made were steel and thinner than the ones most people remember. Lots of tracks had issues with them because they were so thin the track owners were afraid they would cut up the braid.

One of the things I remember about him was he had an Avanti. You did not see many of those.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:53 PM

One of slot racing's greats, for sure!!! I remember many races in the '60s with Gunther at Glenn Oaks and other places on Long Island.

RIP, Gunther.


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Posted 29 October 2011 - 09:03 AM

I didn't know Gunther but I used his gears. To the best of my limited knowledge, they were the first real "precision" gears.

RIP, Gunther.


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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:44 PM

Gunther Faas, RIP.

Gunther was a machinist first class. I visited his shop and saw the many custom aircraft parts he would make for the airline industry.

I was there when he was running off 8 tooth 64 pitch pinions on a machine that cost $100,000. Boy was I impressed!

Gunther and his son, Tyrone, spent many times racing at Buzz-A-Rama. He started to make gears after Sandy Gross came to my raceway to purchase all the 43 and 44 tooth 64 pitch Weldun spur gears that I had.

Sandy wanted to corner the market because the West Coast lads had developed the anglewinder chassis and Sandy and Howie Ursaner were the first to have them on the East Coast.

News travels fast in this industry. At that time, something new would be known here in a matter of hours. With the internet today its all a matter of moments now. Gunther would always give me samples to evaluate before he put them into production. He respected my opinion.

Gunther, Godspeed. It was my pleasure to know you and your son these many years.


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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:21 PM

Sad news.

 

Best wishes to his family and friends.

 

RIP.


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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:47 PM

One of the great innovators from the history of our hobby. Faas gears were the standard by which all others were measured. My condolences to his family.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:57 PM

Tony P.,

Not if you had 1/16" clearance. That clearance rule will haunt you forever. But it's what kept my tracks in great shape.

By the way, you were the only pro racer that I respected. You put you chassis in my showcase for me to sell.

You are a class act.


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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:00 PM

They were fun days... I miss them.. Thanks for the kind words.

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