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  • RIP Johnny Capels

    Dang. The Grim Reaper is busy lately, Johnny Capels has passed away.

    Got to spend time with him when he was the USAC head man, liked his stories very much. Mechanic on the Vels Super Team, owner of Pancho Carter's Dirt Car in the late 70's and the list goes on.
    "For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's future, and we are all mortal".

    John Kennedy at American University 1963

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power"

    A. Lincoln

  • #2
    Oh, that is sad news.

    Interesting career he had for sure.




    R.I.P. Johnny Capels and thanks for the memories

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    • #3
      There was a post over on Open Wheel Racing with a link to a Youtube clip of Capels discussing the fine points of French Ford Flatheads and his street rod. Well worth a look:

      https://youtu.be/i3GglKUDUQE

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      • #4
        Was quite a handy driver, too (8th at the Knoxville Nationals in '67, and won a USAC Sprint car race the next year). RIP.

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        • #5
          RIP JC. Interesting guy had a very diverse career in racing. Had a friend who crewed for him on Rutherfords car in mid 80’s. Always spoke very highly of Johnny

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