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#51 Phil Nyland

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 11:10 PM

I feel very fortunate to have met and raced with Dave. I will always remember his engaging personality and big smile.

 

Rest in peace, Sano Dave! An inspiration to so many.






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Posted 02 October 2015 - 11:31 PM

We've lost a person filled with joy and positive energy. A true loss, indeed. I'm glad I got to spend even a little time with him when he came to SoCal to race.

 

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 11:02 AM

Many of us are getting on in years and the sadness of losing a friend will become all too common. We need to take some time to cherish the memory of this man, Sano Dave, and appreciate the friends we can still race with. Respect our differences yet rejoice in the hobby that brings us together.
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Posted 03 October 2015 - 03:46 PM

RIP, Dave.



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Posted 03 October 2015 - 08:25 PM

So sad to hear. RIP, Dave



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Posted 04 October 2015 - 12:17 AM

Sad to hear but Dave was a fighter... RIP, Dude!.We will all race with you again. Thoughts and prayers to the family...

 

Please remember the good times as Dave would want...

 

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 06:02 AM

What an wonderful guy! Let's all remember to live by his example.
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Posted 04 October 2015 - 06:20 PM

Sad to read of the passing of someone so universally loved.  

 

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.


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Posted 06 October 2015 - 05:32 PM

It's been great all the kind words said about Sano Dave.
 
Dave's memorial service will be this coming Saturday, October 10, at;
 
Frisbie Senior Center
52 E. Northwest Highway
Des Plaines, IL. 60016
(847) 768-5944
 
11 AM-1 PM
 
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#60 Dennis David

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 04:03 AM

Thank you, Mike, for creating the earlier thread to Dave. It was truly remarkable for an obviously remarkable "dude".
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Posted 07 October 2015 - 07:27 PM

This is just so sad. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
 
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Posted 08 October 2015 - 08:11 AM

I hope some local racers who attend the event share some photos of it on the 'blog.



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Posted 08 October 2015 - 01:12 PM

Here is a picture I took at the race we went to in June at the Moddelviile Hobby in Ashland MA. (Dave won his main on the Purple Mile). I posted a bunch of photos on Facebook but I had talked to Bob Appelle and he is not on Facebook so I thought I would put one on here.

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 02:56 PM

June and now this. Looks live Dave was "living the life" to the end. I only hope I can do nearly the same when my time comes.

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 02:35 PM

May we always keep Sano Dave eternal, the Crown Prince of Camaradiere, by saying to ourselves ...

 

What would Sano Dave do? .. when things are tough or difficult or challenging.

 

The world was a better place as Sano Dave cultivated kindness & sharing, humor & laughter, and friendship.

 

And; talk about strength! I never saw anyone contending with the complexities of health problems he battled never ever and I mean ever .. uttering a word about them.

 

I am so thankful that starting slot racing 2 years ago I got to spend time with Sano Dave. My time with him pales in comparison to dozens of veteran racers; but you'd never know that if you saw him with me. He made everyone feel like a special Dude! 

 

There is one thing none of us got to ever see no matter who you are; family or friend.

 

Sano Dave had his very own Superman cape - one of a kind; probably very close to his racing colors. But; we will never know what it looks like.

 

He was too humble to ever wear it.  

 

Gods Speed; Sano Dave - You are Champion.


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Posted 27 October 2015 - 08:02 AM

Here are some random photos of Dave at the 2011 USRA Scale Nats:

 

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 08:24 PM

Got this up in time for the Great Lakes ISRA race on Saturday.

Big thanks to Ralph Thorne for donating his talents to help me honor a great racer and greater guy.

 

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 08:47 PM

That is awesome, Mike! A great tribute to a great guy!

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 09:18 PM

That is awesome, looks really nice.


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 10:41 AM

Sano Dave's Team banner, when he owned DJ's Hot Slots.
 
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Posted 23 February 2018 - 07:56 PM

The latest.
 
I got a call last night from Dave's sister, Deb, yesterday.
 
She informed me that Dave's mom, Marge was going to sell her home in DesPlaines, where Dave grew up as a child, from when he was 9.
 
At 86, she is moving to Arizona to be near her boyfriend, Phil, who I met today.
 
So Deb wanted to make sure, I got the awesome airbrush painting, Steve Koepp did in his memory, back to her.
 
Aided by the $$$ generated, from Roger Schmitt selling off Dave's slot car collection, she'll be able to put up her own duplex ranch, without having to wait for her house to sell.
 
While Phil will be a 1/2 mile away, I'm guessing she wants her own place so she can have a room dedicated to her sewing.
 
For those who were not aware, she is a master seamstress (if that is the term?).
 
I used to get a kick out of Dave announcing he had to leave early, because he had to pick his mom up at work, since he was borrowing her car while his was in the shop.
 
She worked into her 80's, as a sewing instructor, IIRC, for JoAnn Fabrics.
 
Anyway, Deb mentioned she logs into Dave's FB page periodically and is really gratified by the messages, still left there, by the slot car community.

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The home Dave grew up in his slot car formative years, 1963, until he became an adult...or was old enough to be considered an adult.

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It's probably in this thread, but for those who might of missed it, Steve Koepp's artwork, in memory of Dave.


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Posted 23 February 2018 - 10:19 PM

Wow... That's a powerful picture.. Miss ya Dave.
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Posted 23 February 2018 - 11:11 PM

I even got to meet Sano Dave  :D

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Posted 24 February 2018 - 09:54 AM

Every year when the R4 rolls around my thoughts turn to Dave and seeing him there every year.  Still missing him...


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Posted 24 February 2018 - 01:55 PM

Since Dave has been gone, I haven't been to a historical race. With so many of my friends from both big

and little cars passing on or moving away, the wind just hasn't been behind my sails. Losing some of my

mobility hasn't helped, but there isn't the inspiration to do it like before. Both Dave and Ray Price will be

sorely missed for a long time. 


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