I understand from John Meyers that Gary Hoonsbeen passed on Monday. Gary was a very involved with Model T when Bruce was writing his encyclopedia and the The Car That Changed the World, indeed his 1914 is pictured in the book. The car actually belonged to Gary's Grandad, though I believe Gary bought it on the open market. Gary also served on the Board of the MTFCA for several years, arranging his business trips to coincide with board meeting. More recently Gary has been very involved with the Curved Dash Olds Club as editor and membership. He also wrote a very practical column, usually two pages with lots of pictures, on fixes to some quite complex problems involved with early car restoration. The hobby will miss Gary, farewell my friend.
Gary was a regular contributor to the HCCA Horseless Carriage Gazette. His articles on technical subjects were excellent. He will be missed.
It is very sad to hear this. Gary did wonderful things we read about in HCCA and other publications. He did a lot to make the hobby interesting. He will be missed.
I am sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayer go his family.
I enjoyed all of Gary's articles in the Gazette.
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Sad news indeed. Seems like I just saw him at Chickasha, though I guess it's been a couple of years ago now. We will be praying for comfort for the entire Hoonsbeen family.
Although he has been in the hobby for a very long time, I understand that his passing was sudden and not expected. I don't know if that is correct or not. His is a name I have known for a very long time, although I never really knew him personally.
My condolences to his family, his friends, and CDO owners everywhere.
I enjoyed many articles by him.
There also was an announcement of his passing on the Old Car site.
I bought a 1901 CDO a few years ago and Gary immediately became a source of info for me and a good friend as well. I really will miss him. I knew he was not doing well but he didn't make a big deal out of it. He was a great asset to the old car hobby and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Gary.
Gary was truly a great guy and will be missed by many people.
Always friendly and welcoming, he was a true ambassador for the old car hobby. Recently, he worked with the Minnesota legislative bodies to revise laws for titling long dormant antique cars. The rewards of his efforts as an advocate will be enjoyed by many old car buffs for years to come.
Several years ago, Gary introduced himself to me and invited me to join the local chapter of the HCCA. Apparently, he sought out local members of the HCCA who were not affiliated with a local chapter. I'm glad that he helped me meet a new group of friendly old car folks to tour with.
In 2014, his Creepy Crawly Tour in Black River Falls, WI got my wife so excited about pre-T automobiles, that she encouraged me to buy the 2-cyl Maxwell that I'd been dreaming of owning for a long time. I will miss Gary's smile and trademark hat.