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#1 Rick Moore

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 07:48 PM

I am deeply saddened to report that Marty Stanley died today.

 

(Sorry everyone, but, coming so shortly after Duffy's death, I've just run out of words at this point...)

 

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 07:55 PM

Oh no... so sad. I know how you feel, Rick.

RIP, Marty.

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 08:08 PM

Rest in peace, Marty.

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 08:17 PM

Sorry to hear this. Another knowledgable slotter has left us.

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 08:44 PM

RIP Marty.

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 08:47 PM

So Sorry to hear this ... RIP Marty



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Posted 18 February 2016 - 09:02 PM

Thanks for reporting the hard news Rick M. I share your sorrow, and I'll miss Marty big time.


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Posted 18 February 2016 - 09:11 PM

This is sad to hear.

 

Marty was a real cheerleader for scratchbuilding early on in the Retro game.

 

This has been a real tough last 14 months, or so, in Retro racing.


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Posted 18 February 2016 - 09:14 PM

Agree Mike. Never met him but if u followed Retro you knew his name....Peace


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Posted 18 February 2016 - 09:28 PM

Oh, man.

 

I agree with Rick, I'm running out of words.

 

Rest in peace, Marty. I'll miss discussing old telephone lore with you.


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Posted 18 February 2016 - 09:51 PM

Marty was not only a very good builder of retro cars, he was also very good at building 1/32 & 1/43 scale cars as well.   RIP Marty, I'll miss your postings on the HRW board. :to_become_senile:


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Posted 18 February 2016 - 10:03 PM

Marty was a master wire bender and was not afraid to build an out of the ordinary chassis. A true innovator in his own right, I'll miss his unique perspective.

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 10:18 PM

Very sad news.

I talked to Marty a couple months ago. He so wanted to go up to the track and see some of the racers.

He truly loved slot cars.

He had a very cool scale track in his house.

He raced Flexis cars, FCR cars, Scale home set cars, Group F wing cars and Retro. Loved all the classes.

Before Marty had health issues he was involved in running a few race series here in, FL.

Marty will be missed.

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 10:36 PM

Sometimes when I’m sad like this it helps to tell a story…

 

Back in May 2011, my good friend and fellow slot car enthusiast, Marty, had talked me and Joey into going to the GRRR series retro slot car races at the raceway in Jacksonville. In typical Marty fashion, he sweetened the deal by saying Joey and I could be well fed if we came up to his place in Umatilla the night before and leave for Jax the following morning, a regular enticement Marty would use, unnecessary for my part, but it always made it all the more appealing and enjoyable.

 

And so it was that Joey and I loaded up the Toyota with our doggie goodies and slot car goodies to make the Saturday drive to Marty’s. Inevitably on these trips we would spend the night before looking over our latest slot car creations, and talking endlessly into the night like two kids about “our hobby”. That’s one of the loves of slot cars we shared; playing with these otherwise pointless and silly little cars let us, if only for a limited time, be kids again… admittedly overgrown kids, but kids at heart nonetheless.

 

We were always trying to get our other good friend, Duffy (aka Michael Heinrich), who lived way up in Brooklyn, to make the journey to Florida and join us on one of these slot car outings. It was bad enough when Marty and I were together, but it would have been a scratchbuilding slot car geek-fest if the three of us would have gotten in the same room. Hoo-boy! Duffy always wanted to come, but, you know, life and all that stuff and…

 

Sunday, Marty, Joey and I got to Jacksonville, and had a capital time at the races. I don’t even recall how we did. It didn’t matter. We had fun racing toy cars! And Joey got pizza! What the hell else can you ask for, right?

 

On the way back to Umatilla, about halfway, we stopped at a gas station / convenience store to gas up, stretch our legs, and, being a rather warm Florida-kind-of-day, get some large icy beverages for the rest of the drive. We all got out, Marty insisting on paying for the gas. I started the gas filling, clicked it to on to shut off, and left Marty and Joey at the car to go get our drinks.

 

As I came out the store I noticed Marty and Joey were back in the car, but…

 

HOLY ****!!

 

The Matrix was now sitting in an enormous puddle of gasoline! And the optically wavy fumes were completely enveloping it! And Marty and Joey were in the car, window up, oblivious to their peril!

 

HOLY ****!!!!

 

The only thing Marty saw was me hurtling over and around the front of the car, slipping and falling, drinks flying…

 

I got up super-quick (I really don’t recall hitting the ground) and got to the pump and shut it off. Marty, curious as to my manic and bizarre behavior, opened the car door…

 

“Holy ****!”

 

I was still having visions of my friend and my dog going up in a huge ball of flame.

 

Marty got out, keeping Joey in the car; I put the car in neutral; and, without touching the ignition (!), we pushed the car out of the evaporating puddle, as far away from all that gas as possible.

 

It was about this time Marty noticed my left elbow was bleeding… a lot. Blood was gurgling profusely through a mangled mass of tissue covered in grit and gasoline on the knob of my elbow. When I would bend it so I could see it (try it; you know), the blood really started flowing. I went into the store’s restroom and did my best to temporarily clean it out, and stem the flow using paper towels, some relatively unused washcloths in the car, and tape from our slot car boxes.

 

On the way back to the car, I got Marty’s receipt…

 

“Looks like you paid for about ten extra gallons, Marty. You want a refund?”

 

Still just as shaken by recent events as myself, Marty just casually said, “No. And we still don’t have any drinks. Let’s just go. Now.”

 

Back at Marty’s place, we off-loaded his slot car stuff, and I went to use his bathroom to remove the blood-soaked redneck patch job, and, using more traditional medical supplies, repair the gaping wound in my elbow. I had a problem though. The bursa (fat pad) was sticking out of the large hole in my skin and I couldn’t get my arm in a position where I could shove it back in myself.

 

“Hey Marty! Can you give me a hand here?”

 

“Sure. What do you need?” he asked coming in.

 

“I need you to stick this”, pointing to the blob of bloody tissue, “back into my elbow for me.”

 

Not saying a word, and in typical Marty-matter-of-fact fashion, raised his index finger and summarily stuffed the protruding fat pad back into my elbow.

 

“Thanks.”

 

“No problem.”

 

Did I mention before how much I always enjoyed talking to Marty?

 

Joey and I would eventually make it back to Tampa and home that evening. (Where I had to knock on my neighbor’s door to get him to help me make another, even more medically effective bandage job of my elbow…)

 

It was a fun trip of good memories, but, not surprisingly, I’ll always remember that day with Marty and Joey sitting in the car taking a gasoline sauna… And how we were able to laugh about it as we drove away…

 

Sigh…

 

You know, Duffy never did make it down here…

 

And, as of today, I can no longer talk to Marty for hours on end about our silly slot cars…

 

Joey is on his rug snoring away as I write this… think I’ll go give him a big hug.


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Posted 18 February 2016 - 10:44 PM

Sorry to hear that.



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Posted 18 February 2016 - 10:59 PM

Godspeed, Marty.

 

You fought the good fight. Your race is finished.

 

And you won!


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Posted 18 February 2016 - 11:32 PM

Rick,

A telling story, for sure. Thanks for giving us that "snapshot" of your good friend Marty.

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 11:36 PM

I had the distinct pleasure in knowing Marty. Many hours we spent together talking about everything relating to slot cars. 

 

His knowledge of automotive racing history was second to none and he so enjoyed teaching what he knew.

 

He will be missed by the many friends that he had... he had a lot of friends. 

 

Marty married his wife, Barb, over forty years ago and is survived by his son, daughter, and many grandchildren.

 

RIP, Florida Slotter... we sure had some good times... you will not be forgotten.


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Posted 19 February 2016 - 12:00 AM

Sometime I think slot cars are more of a brotherhood than just a hobby.
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Posted 19 February 2016 - 06:29 AM

Very sad news.  

 

RIP, Marty.

 

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Posted 19 February 2016 - 06:46 AM

Great story, Rick.  

 

My condolences to his family and all his slot car friends.  

 

RIP, Marty...


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Posted 19 February 2016 - 07:18 AM

Marty was the first to contact me when I announced I was moving to Florida. He was a great help in getting settled down here. He was instrumental in helping me get Retro going and a great partner to go to races with. I will miss you forever.


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Posted 19 February 2016 - 09:14 AM

RIP, Marty.


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Posted 19 February 2016 - 09:23 AM

RIP, Marty; you are in good company.

 

My condolences to his family and friends.


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Posted 19 February 2016 - 10:44 AM

Sad news indeed.

RIP, Marty.
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Posted 19 February 2016 - 11:02 AM

I really enjoyed getting to know Marty on the couple of junkets he made to Slots of Fun in Abbeville a number of years back. A great guy...
 
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