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Paul Sterrett, 1954-2017

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 10:20 PM

Very sad news.  


He was a great friend to myself and my son (Kyle). We had a lot of fun at BPR and Paul was a big part of the good times. Paul was there when I started with the slot cars, and was really helpful, taught me a lot about the sport.


Will be greatly missed as a kind and respectable man. We talked about Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior many times, I know he's home with Him now.

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 06:09 AM

A shock to learn of the passing of someone known to me from afar. A name so linked to Retro.


RIP, Paul.

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 07:14 PM

Rest in peace, Paul. 


So sad to hear.

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:24 PM

This is sad indeed. Paul (and PdL) were the main influences in what is now NorCal Retro. Their leadership and guidance have always been invaluable to me.


I ran into Paul at Fast Track Hobbies in Rocklin (Sac area) last summer some time. He was running a batch of hardbody stuff on the flat track there, and we talked and compared notes for hours. He then showed up at our next Retro race there and gave a quick talk on hardbody subjects and spent much time with all our guys on the subject. He then hung out most of the rest of the race day and corner marshaled and helped out. I could tell that he was pretty tired towards the end of the day.


Helping others was always his MO and he will very much be missed.

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 07:31 AM


Your post reminds me of Paul as if he were racing with me at the Checkpoint Cups.

He was always too busy taking care of the event and helping other racers including me to prepare his own cars.

That's Paul.

I really miss him.

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 08:19 AM

Paul's influence on Retro was almost beyond compare, but it saddened me enormously that he didn't continue to be a central figure in the resurgence of scratchbuilt slot cars and the creativity they exhibit.
He was great guy to hang around with and exhibited a level of original thinking and originality rarely seen in the hobby.
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