Car Culture & Entertainment

Decade in Review: Remembering Those We Lost


The automotive and motorsports industries lost many people over the past decade. Many of them, much too young and much too soon.

As we close the book on 2019 and power toward what we hope is a magnificent new year and new decade for all of you, we want to pause one more time to reflect on the many people who touched so many lives via their many contributions to the automotive hobby in some way.

We hope you’ll take a moment to do the same.

When we raise our glasses tonight to ring in 2020, we will remember fondly every name on this list (and those we inevitably and regrettably didn’t include; our deepest apologies for everyone that we missed), and we wish their many friends and family a very happy and blessed New Year.

To the fallen over the past 10 years: Thank you for the joy you brought the world.

Robert Yates

Robert Yates - NASCAR

Vic Edelbrock Jr.

Vic Edelbrock Jr.
Vic Edelbrock Jr. with his 2012 Z06 Corvette outside of Edelbrock headquarters in Torrance, CA. (Image/Super Chevy)

Gary Meadors


Paul Walker

Paul Walker dead

Jason Leffler


Bob Newton

Bob Newton - Hoosier Tire
(Image/Indiana Business Magazine)

Harold Coker

(Image/Coker Tire)

Carroll Shelby

(Image/Shelby America)

Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins

(Image/Drag Times)

Bill Simpson


Jessi Combs

(Image/Facebook – Jessi Combs)

Niki Lauda

(Image/Sky News)

Charlie Whiting

Charlie Whiting - Racing News 365
(Image/Racing News 365)

John Haynes

John Haynes - Haynes Repair Manual - Getty
John Haynes, founder of the Haynes repair manual, died at the age of 80. (Image/Getty Images)

Bud Moore

Bud Moore and Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip drove for Bud Moore for five races in 1973. Moore, a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and decorated WWII veteran died in 2017. (Image/Getty)

Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson died in 2015 following an accident at Pocono Raceway. He was 37. (Image/

Buddy Baker

(Image/Los Angeles Times)

Tom Hoover


Ernie Hemmings


Tom Magliozzi

Ray and Tom Magliozzi. Tom (right) died in 2014. He was 77. (Image/AP File Photo)
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  1. Missed Junior Johnson in this memorium.

  2. Wild Harold says:

    May all of these RIP.

  3. Daniel Wilson says:

    It’s been a terrific ride thanks in part to several of these wonderful people. They were loved and appreciated by many. The Motorsports Community will miss them all.

  4. You might have also mentioned Dick Guldstrand of Corvette fame, who was the 1st driver hired by Roger Penski as a professional race car driver….the first of so many famous drivers !

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