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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:27 PM

From Slotblog member Ken Swanson's Facebook page:
 

Just received the sad news that R/C legend Gene Husting passed away this morning.
 
He was a true pioneer in the RC car racing industry. Gene was one of the founders of Team Associated. He had a key role in making the company the huge success it is today. Gene was instrumental in arranging my Team Associated sponsorship many years ago. An amazing relationship which lasted until I got out of the hobby in 2001.
 
Whenever you called AE Gene would talk to you about set ups, how the cars were working in your area, etc. At major races he would do the same. He always had time for you. He had a hands-on approach to the team.
 
Above all he was a truly good man. You will be missed by many, Gene. Godspeed.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:31 PM

Very sad news.

 

I cherish the memory of a fairly long conversation with Gene not long after Slotblog went online, where Gene called me thinking I was PdL. I corrected that error quickly (without telling him how insulted I was! LOL!) and we went on to have a great visit. Gene graciously sent me one of his DVDs, which I'll now have to dig out and watch again.

 

Gene Husting cut a swath through so many genres: drag racing, slot car racing, R/C racing, etc. For those that don't know, Gene can arguably be called the father of the anglewinder slot car chassis and he also was one of the pioneers in rear-engined dragsters in 1:1 drag racing.

 

RIP, Gene.


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:36 PM

Posted at LiveRC.com:
 

Rest in peace to industry icon Gene Husting

Throughout life there are those select few people who not only touch the lives of close friends and family, but thousands of others as well. Today, the R/C industry has lost one of those great people, a true icon to our hobby, and a man that helped to make R/C car racing what it is today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Husting family and friends, as the legendary Gene Husting has passed away today. He may be gone, but he will he never be forgotten...


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 01:32 PM

Very sad indeed. What a great guy! 

RIP, Gene.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 01:41 PM

RIP, Gene.
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Posted 06 March 2014 - 01:48 PM

From redrc.net...

 

 

 

Today the R/C industry has lost one of its true icons as Gene Husting, former co-owner of Team Associated has passed away. The designer of the legendary RC100 and RC500 was also instrumental in getting IFMAR started while also being ROAR vice-president at some time.

 

Today, March 6 Gene passed away and our condolences go out to the Husting family and those who knew him.

 

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 02:05 PM

Sad, but not unexpected. Gene had dementia and was "losing it", we are all so sorry to hear this.

 

Gene was very creative, very effective and the hobby owes him a lot: without him it is unlikely that serious organized racing would have got off the ground in 1966, when he convinced Rod & Custom to sponsor his series.

 

Gene was a drag racing record holder and introduced the anglewinder concept to the then-dubious pro-racing world.

 

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 02:36 PM

Sorry to hear. Gene certainly will not be forgotten. Long-time legend in the slot and R/C car industry. Left a good family.  

RIP to Gene and prayers for the family! He really was a good, caring man!!
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Posted 06 March 2014 - 03:23 PM

First time I meet Gene was at 1983 ROAR Nats at Rattleys Raceway In Attleboro, MA. I brought up the race when the anglewinder came out. He broke out with a huge smile and stated what a good memory I had LOL. We had a nice chat.

He looked over my RC300 and made some suggustions on areas to work on. Will always have great memories of that race. First Nats for thirteen-year-old Ralph Burch, first race for the RC500, and meeting Gene for the first time. He and his wife Midge seemed like such a a happy couple!!!

RIP, Gene.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 03:24 PM

Still have my two RC300s up on a shelf in the garage. 

Gene was a great man. Had the pleasure to hang out a little bit with him at the old Thorpe's raceway on a few occasions.
 
Godspeed, Gene.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 04:18 PM

RC2, RC100, RC300, RC500, RC12... He was a hero of mine - RIP.
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Posted 06 March 2014 - 04:22 PM

RIP, Gene.
 
Thanks for leading the way with great contributions to our hobby and slot racing in particular.
 
So in Gene's honor I will name the "Rods and Rails" proxy as the Gene Husting Memorial.


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 09:27 PM

And the ranks grow thinner...

 

I always looked forward to his race reports BITD.

 

Rest in peace, Mr. Husting.


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 10:31 PM

I talked to Gene at the 1992 IFMAR 12th scale world championship race in Grand Rapids, MI. I was the Host club VP and had a lot of contact with Gene. We talked a lot about the early days of pro slot racing and racing in general.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 10:58 PM

Wow! That is sad. Met Gene a couple of times back in the late '60s at various SoCal races. Class act all the way. Really seemed like a very nice guy. RIP.
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Posted 07 March 2014 - 01:01 AM

Rest in peace, Gene, you will not be forgotten.

 

Condolences to the family...


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 02:00 AM

Gene was a class act. I'm glad I got the chance to know him. For some reason I never spoke to him about slot drag racing one of my hobbies as a kid and one he dominated but when I started a RC body painting business he gave me a price that went beyond fair. 


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 08:46 AM

Peace to Gene & his Family. The pioneer in the most important car in Slot Racing the 1st Competitive Pro Scratchbuilt Sidewinder Chassis that changed Slot Cars forever like The Beatles changed music. :sun_bespectacled: 

 

 

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 02:16 PM

I had the honor of meeting and racing with Gene for several years in SoCal. I had first read many of his race reports prior to meeting him and always looked forward to them. As I rose through the local racing ranks he started adding my name to his reports. I found that quite exciting for a young "Geek". He was always a fair reporter, good racer and supporter of slots. I remember winning one of the early Associated RC chassis he had donated and with it, Gene offered some support. I thanked him for that but never really caught the RC bug.

I remember looking at Gene's angle winder at J&Js, probably after either John Anderson or John Cukras had won another race with it there. I didn't "get it" until after the big LA race where his inspiration had led to a total route of existing technology. A real game changer. Thanks, Gene.

I'm sure Gene and "Reeteez" are bench racing again together.

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