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We Remember....... / Ronald C. Cook
« on: February 02, 2017, 12:21:39 AM »
Ronald C. Cook, 70; Member
Of CNY Stock Car Hall Of Fame
Ronald C. Cook

ONEONTA – Ronald C. Cook, 70, the Oneonta native who earned induction into the Central New York Stock Car Hall of Fame, passed away Jan. 20, 2017, at his home in Port Charlotte, Fla., with his family by his side.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1946, in Oneonta, son of Shirley Raymond and Hilda Marie Cook.  He graduated from Laurens Central School in 1965 and enlisted in the Air Force, serving Stateside and in Vietnam.

He was self-employed during the 1980s and ’90s, operating Mr. Fixit.  He relocated to Florida in  1999, and was maintenance supervisor for the State of Florida’s Gulf Coast Center in Fort Myers until his retirement.

Many fans will remember Ron as Modified Dirt Car Racer at Midstate Speedway Rookie of the Year in 1964.  He pursued this interest throughout New York and Pennsylvania, leading to his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2008.

As Florida became home, he enjoyed the warmth of the sun, the sound of the waves and the beauty of Charlotte Harbor sunsets. He enjoyed spending time sipping coffee with his wife at a nearby park talking about the day and watching the sun disappear into the water.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Patricia Cook; two sons, Ron (Alyssa) Cook (and first grandson William Shirley Cook) of Daleville, Ala., and David Cook of Port Charlotte; and three sisters, Edee Cook and Elsie Terpenning of Oneonta, and Evelyn Wade of Otego. Also, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends who remained very special to him through out his life.

He was predeceased by his parents, Shirley Raymond and Hilda Marie Cook.

Ron will be laid to rest in the Wall of Honor at the Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Fla., in March, with full Military Honors..

Arrangements are with Taylor Funeral & Cremation Services, Punta Gorda, Fla.

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The Tech Barn / Re: Car cutting out
« on: June 25, 2015, 09:44:57 AM »
What chief said, check your plugs and float level first. What carb do you have on it?

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Racing Discussion / Re: Grandstands on the NYS Fairgrounds
« on: March 07, 2015, 09:52:43 AM »
If the grandstands go, won't that also mean the end of horse racing at the track also? Unless that's already been done too! The last time I went to the fair on Labor Day to see the state championship races, you can imagine my surprise when I found out they were no longer being held. The racing was the main reason I went to the fair! If they do away with all racing at the fairgrounds, there won't be any reason to go to Syracuse at all for me!

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Racing Discussion / Old Late Models
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:28:32 PM »
This is aimed to KT folks. I was going to send him a PM but couldn't get the picture to attach!!!
A picture showed up on Retired Racing Vehicles and Abandoned Race (Ghost) Tracks today. It's a 57 Plymouth late model with the number 6 on it. Since we both spent a lot of time at the old tracks in Florida in our younger days, I'm wondering if maybe you might remember it.

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Racing Discussion / Re: A Black Day For Racing
« on: May 10, 2014, 04:29:49 PM »
I really don't see it as a black day but, it sure has been expensive for a lot of teams so far! Hopefully all these 'gliches' will be cured by the '500' and it's a great race!! Not a youngster either, have been watching Indy since 1961.

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It definitely looked like an almost 'square' hit! What's even worse, if you go to the track website and look at the rules, the use of a head and neck restraint is recommended but, not required! I think we can all kind of guess what kind of injuries the young lady sustained. I hope everyone can and will learn from this very tragic accident.

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Racing Discussion / Re: What is the most fun form of racing?
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:35:18 AM »
I always found the dirt the most interesting and fun. It was always a challenge to me to figure out what the tracks wanted on any given night! Class didn't matter, I just wanted to get my cars around the tracks the best way they could! I was pretty successful with one team I was with!!!!

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Not sure what Dish is but, on Time Warner, it costs $8.99 to watch!

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Racing Discussion / Re: Containment seat Question
« on: November 26, 2013, 06:46:54 PM »
You should check out a Hutchens Device.

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Racing Discussion / Re: Anyone ride a motorcycle?
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:12:02 PM »
87 Suzuki Cavalcade for me. Best ride I've ever had!!

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Racing Discussion / Re: Containment seat Question
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:13:56 AM »
How is the description misleading? This is from the ad:
 Kirkey#570-69911
69 Series Containment Seat Cover
Fits PN 570-69900
Each
Optional easily removable black cloth covers available

Seems pretty clear to me

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Racing Discussion / Re: Maynard Troyer - 1963 Sarasota-Bradenton Speedway
« on: October 27, 2013, 01:12:41 PM »
Some great names in Florida racing history in that little write-up in the program. Truth be known, I was probably there since I was growing up in Palmetto at the time. The area around Tampa Bay was a real hotbed of racing. Philips Field, Plant Field at the old State Fairgrounds, Sunshine/Showtime Speedway, Golden Gate Speedway, Sara-Mana Speedbowl, Desoto Speedway, East Bay Speedway, all within a 40 mile radius. For a time, there was even a track at the new State Fairgrounds east of Tampa. Great names like, Reutimann, Cagle, Hirst, Bontrager, Billy Gill, Gene Tharp, the 123 of Gordon Lee, Bobby Brack, Frank and Jimmy Riddle, Gary Balough, even the Allison brothers! And of course, Maynard Troyer! One of the best race announcers ever, the late Gordon Solie was the voice of Golden Gate for many years along with doing the wrestling in Tampa as well. It was a fun time and place to grow up!!!!!

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Wish I could be there tonight! I'm taking care of the grandbabies.  ;)

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Racing Discussion / Re: All About "You"
« on: April 14, 2013, 08:46:54 PM »
I've been to so many that I actually can't remember them all! There are some that stand out tho, Sara-Mana, Golden Gate, Sunshine in Fl. Both Rockingham tracks in NC. All the DIRT tracks in NY when Glenn ran the show, and a few outlaw tracks too! Afton/I-88, Drummondville and Three Rivers in Quebec and, many others in my travels around our great country! You can also put the bit 'O', Fulton and, our 1 and only modified win at Utica-Rome in 1981! I'll have to sit down sometime and try to remember all that I've been too either as a competitor or, spectator!!! I don't think the number rivals Bob's but I'd guess at least 90.

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Racing Discussion / Re: C.D. Coville vs. Tommy Corellis
« on: April 13, 2013, 04:48:36 PM »
Tommy and CD were tough no matter what track they were at! I personally think that era of the modifieds was the best! The team I was with at the time(29K) went up against them every Fri. and Sat. nights at Malta and Fonda! We had a lot of good times and some great racing back then!! I also made a heck of a lot of friends!

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