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#1 Dennis David

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:41 AM

Who can tell me about Bruce Paschal VP of Standard Fruit? Did Bob Emott really go to England on a banana boat?

For the record.


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:01 AM

Edited in correct first name.

Howie's your guy on this.

We talked about Bruce a fair amount, during this year's annual post Sano ride, on Monday.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:16 AM

I fixed the name to the correct spelling.


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:26 AM

I thought so, but Bob had it spelled Dennis's way, in this post, from 10 year's ago.

Some good stuff, right from the horse's (Bob's) mouth;

I learned about the birth of the anglewinder in a phone call from Bruce Pascal the night after the race in California. Bruce tried to explain what the cars looked like but as he was not a builder, the design of the chassis was not clear. I thought the rules required that the gear had to be under the body like the inlines so I built a car that had a big angle on the motor to place the gear under the exhaust pipes of the Ferrari body (which was the most popular F1 body at the time...) On my car, the motor can was part of the chassis so the motor was assembled in the car. Bob Kean zapped the magnets with his monster zapper and assembled the motor for me at his house. (Bob's zapper drew so much current that he had to turn off everything electrical in the workshop section of the house and still the shop light dimmed when he pushed the power button...) My car worked OK and I think I was third in the first East coast anglewinder race at Hamilton behind PVA and Sandy Gross (who had talked directly with racers on the West coast and got a much better idea of how the cars were built... now why didn't I do that???)

A good picture of my chassis appeared in the paper a couple of weeks later. Bruce Pascal wanted to buy the car (as he did with many of the winning cars of Mike Steube and other pros). He asked me what I wanted for the car and I said "just send me some bananas". Bruce was a vice president of Standard Fruit, the second largest importer of bananas and pineapples into the USA.

A couple of days later, a limousine appeared in my driveway and a gentleman in a suit rang the bell. Bruce had sent someone from his New York office out to my house in a limousine. He said he had something for me. He brought in two BIG boxes of bananas that Bruce had sent in exchange for the car. My dad took some photos; I sent them to Bruce and he had them put in the paper...

Bruce was the "father of Pro Racing" as he put together the first East coast vs West coast pro race in Atlanta that started the whole pro race scene... Bruce also arranged for my trip to England and Germany where I raced at the Totenham Car Model race which was mentioned in an earlier post. But that is the subject for another long boring story...

Anyway, Bruce, thanks from all of us!!!


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:33 AM

Thanks, guys, I remember the name when Tony P mentioned it. Seems like an interesting person in his own right and I wanted to "flesh" him out a bit for my short blurb on the Tottenham race. Will be talking to the guys in the UK as well, in order to get the "story behind the story'" on a few big races.

 

BTW I have a ton of info and pictures on the first ISRA race.


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:36 AM

Funny how Bob talks about another long and boring story which of course is anything but boring to the rest of us. Good stuff.


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 02:25 PM

Bruce was from the Cincinnati area and in the late '60s and used to return to visit his mother who still lived here. He would visit Bob Haines at REH Distributing when he was in town.

 

One visit Bob Haines and I were at a different location from the main one unloading a truck in some rented space. REH had bought the remaining slot racing inventory of Du-Bro and we were unloading the truck in the rain by hand. It was a lot of stuff. No forklift. Bruce found us, about three blocks away, and started to help unload the truck dressed in his high end suit and top coat and in the rain.

 

Very nice man. Treated everyone as an equal. Salt of the earth.



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Posted 18 October 2017 - 02:28 PM

Bruce P. bio and obituary.
 
Bruce Paschal, former executive at Dole and Duda, dies at 93
 
Obituary of Richard Paschal

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 02:44 PM

Thanks, Steve. The man loved slot cars.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 02:50 PM

In 1970 Bruce Paschal also arranged a little boat trip for Tore Anderson and myself from New Orleans to Hamburg, Germany, via a Standard Fruit and Steamship "tramp" steamer. We were on the boat for almost a month and to call the trip an adventure would be putting it mildly.
 
We never saw the captain as it was said that two lesbians shared his cabin...
A two-week dock strike in Savannah, GA, delayed the trip with fights and stabbings everyday was quite entertaining to watch from our portholes!
The handful of passengers had free rein of the ship's bar which led to everything you can imagine.
We lost one of the ship's cooks who fell overboard drunk one night and was never recovered.
Two Nigerian shipmates (great guys!) carried scars from knife fights they occasionally got into with each other!
Tore had his hair set afire one night by the other cook during a card game. The cabin smelled for days of burnt hair.
We both were nearly swept overboard coming from the chief steward's cabin one night in rough seas...
 
We were lucky to get off the boat alive!  :crazy:
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Posted 18 October 2017 - 02:56 PM

Tell me the ship carried bananas, please.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 07:44 PM

Bryan,

I remember you telling some of us at lunch at BPR/Imperial Burger about that, uh, trip. I laughed my *** off over that. Glad you brought that one up here. So funny!

Bruce was quite the guy.
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Posted 18 October 2017 - 07:49 PM

Bryan,

What an all-time great story.
 
It makes my various JP Van Rossem European trip stories seem like a day in kindergarten. :laugh2:

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:04 PM

Tore and I both said we could write a book about that trip!! I was told the ship's cargo was rolls of paper and dead insects to be used as fly fishing bait in Europe.
 
Bruce was a great guy and I remember him picking me up at my grandmother's house in New Orleans and getting me to the Champion Arco race in 1968 at, I believe, Metairie Raceways.
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Posted 18 October 2017 - 09:48 PM

The trip to Germany, was that for a race as well?

Also with Bryan's kind permission it will hopefully be in a book. ;-)

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 09:49 PM

Bryan, thanks for the story. Maybe you and Tore could get together over this internet thingie and flesh it out some more. I know I'd like to read it.


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:19 PM

Bryan told me about him and Tore drinking wine in the woods at Spa... bet it was this same trip.
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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:31 PM

Spa of course is in Belgium but its very close to Germany.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 11:16 AM

The trip to Germany was that for a race as well?


Our little boat trip that Bruce was kind enough to arrange had nothing do do with slot car racing but getting out of the Vietnam War. I had a marginal school deferment but Tore was prime draft material and both of his older brothers had been drafted. He was going back to Sweden for awhile to see what was going to happen and I kind of went along for the ride! We made it to northern Sweden to his hometown and later traveled back to Europe to attend several of the 1970 F1 and sports car races. Things were different then and we were able to just sneak into the tracks without paying as we hardly had enough money for gas and were camping out at the side of the roads.

I came back to the US after a couple months but Tore stayed longer but if I remember correctly we both got high draft numbers when that began and skated out of the draft. I was out of slot cars for almost 40 years until I returned to Retro in 2007 but Tore pretty much never quit and was racing last weekend at BPR!
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Posted 19 October 2017 - 11:45 AM

Great story... ya can't make this stuff up!
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Posted 19 October 2017 - 12:57 PM

Yes, life in the '60s. Bryan, I never figured you as a draft dodger. LOL.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 02:37 PM

Great story... ya can't make this stuff up!


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You should have been at Imperial Burger when Bryan was telling us this. Gadzooks, we were rolling with laughing! Just epic!
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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:44 PM

Thanks, Bryan, great story!

 

I remember the Army draft lottery all too well. My number was 170. They took up to number 163. Whew!


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:51 PM


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 10:15 PM

I dont remember what my number was, I volunteered.

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