I just saw the obituary.
Our sympathy to Ernie's family.
We met Ernie many years ago and bought some parts from him. He was a nice guy and a very significant person in the expansion of our collector car hobby.
I met him once at a swap meet in St. Louis. That would have been in the late 70's. I thought he was a nice fellow. I think I have some of his early Motor News editions.
I had bought Model T parts with Mr. Hemmings many years ago. We always had a pleasant conversation when I would call in my order because his son and I share the same first name.
We are diminished.
I too bought new repo parts from Ernie Hemmings back in the late 60's early 70's. He was a neat guy. If he had a part that, in his mind wasn't the best repo, he would say, "if you can find an original, you will be better off". My sympathy to the family.
I just hope his family knows how much joy his magazine brought to so many people both in reading pleasure and the joy in finding that missing part or project or finished car of our dreams. I know I spent decades waiting for that wish book just like the Sears Xmas catalog when I was a kid. Many of us are driving our own dreams because of him.
Thanks Ernie, you will be missed.