Monday, July 9, 2012

Good morning, "Mobbers". Well, I lost another old friend the other day, and the automotive world lost a bright star.

My old friend, Mike Haney, passed away the other day at the age of 65. Mike and I used to run around together back in the '70s, when we both drag raced and were part of the Fresno "street machine scene". Mike was a Ford man through and through, and went on to teach performance classes for Ford Motor Company at FCC for Ford technicians.
I remember the time we were waiting in the staging lanes at Fresno Dragways, and the track officials made Mike back his tan Falcon up against the fence so Art Arfons could make a pass with his jet dragster, "The Green Monster". After Arfons left the line, we looked at Mike's Falcon, and the hood was smoking where the afterburner had burned the paint off of it! We all got a laugh out of that, and Mike left the damage for quite a while as a conversation piece.
My prayers go out to Mike's wife, Sharon, and his family. He will be missed.

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