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#1 MSwiss

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 08:14 PM

I just heard, via Michael Iga, that Gary Orahood, of GTO fame, has passed.

While not active in slot racing, recently, Gary could be classified as one of slot racing's more colorful figures.

May he rest in peace.
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Posted 12 April 2017 - 08:46 PM

I met Gary during the '97 Nats. He was quite a character. He will not be forgotten.


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Posted 12 April 2017 - 08:46 PM

One of the great guys from when I was racing in the '80s and '90s. Used his Madman frame with lots of success.

 

RIP. Gary. You will be missed.



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Posted 12 April 2017 - 08:57 PM

I had a couple Madman chassis back in the late '80s, they were awesome.

 

RIP, GTO.


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 12:31 AM

Godspeed, my friend. RIP.



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:39 AM

Another one gone. This is happening far too often.

 

I had the opportunity to race against Gary in the mid-'80s.

 

As others have said quite a character. Very intense.


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 10:09 AM

Another great guy has passed away. :sorry:


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 11:10 AM

Just the mention of his name brings back memories of some really good times and great racing! Gary and Don Perko were always outstanding competitors and lot of fun to be around!

 

I wish I had done a better job of keeping in touch. He will be missed.



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 12:14 PM

Here is a GTO Eurosport chassis from the '90s. You can see the lasercut "GTO" in the center:

 

gto 1.jpg

 

Here is a two-piece one after someone told me that I could lighten it:

 

gto 2.jpg

 

RIP.


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 01:25 PM

Lee Gilbert sold an Eurosport chassis like the first photo in the late '90s before he came out with his later designs. That doesn't surprise me, since both Gary and Lee lived in the same part of Washington state at that time. I don't know who cut them for Lee, but old issues of SARN have a few photos of them. Some have been resold on eBay in the past five years, too.

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 01:53 PM

I believe they were partners, either formally or informally, on this before going their separate ways.

 

Lee used that basic chassis design successfully for years.


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