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Postby draglist » Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:32 am

Sorry for your loss, Wally. That's a long, long time. bp
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Postby Bgreene » Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:51 am

This is truly a sad day. Growing up watching Ronnie Sox in the Sox and Martin cars I think is what hooked me on Drag Racing I loved those cars. I had the chance to meet Mr. Sox at M.I.R. when he was driving the Comet Pro Mod we talked for about 20 to30 minutes he was just awesome. He will be missed!! My Prayers go out to his family.

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Postby Mtn.man » Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:41 am

Man this hit home hard,,, the MAN as far as shifters goes for me,,,,
saw him many times RIP Ronnie
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Postby draglist » Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:57 am

Just got back from Ronnie's memorial in Richmond, VA. It was very nice. I gave his wife Diane regards from our gang. Talked to some good old names there like John Tedder of Mopar, Ed Miller, of course Diane, David Sox, Dickie Estevez, Marco Decesaris, Skip Norman, and Bob Banning. Had a nice chat with all these gentlemen and even went out and had a steak with John Tedder and another gent. I didn't get there until 7:15pm and I didn't think to look at the guestbook to see who had come before me (it was from 5 to 8, but it kept rolling until at least 9:30). Nice flowers from all over the place, including some done like a Christmas Tree. I got a chance to talk to Diane for five minutes near the end. What an angel. She was holding up pretty well. Said Ronnie passed while she and his little pooch were right there with him. He was certainly cared for until the end. Very nice event. Talk to you tomorrow. bp
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Postby bandit » Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:53 pm

My prayers are with you, Wally. I'm sad for your loss. I didn't know Mr. Sox. My first drag racing autograph was from Buddy Martin, way back at a Chicago auto show where their 'Cuda was on display. I was thrilled. I had just seen the Winternats on ABC's Wide World of Sports and S&M were on the tube. Now, here in front of me was THE car and Martin of Sox and Martin!!!! I was a fan!! Buddy talked to me!!

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Remembering Ronnie Sox

Postby draglist » Wed May 03, 2006 1:32 am

Remembering Ronnie Sox

By Diane Sox

It is with great sadness I must report the passing of my husband, Ronnie Sox. Ronnie was, in the minds of many, the greatest drag racer in the history of the sport. His following and his fan base, even to this day, was a testament to his success, both on and off the drag strip. Even though not actively involved in NHRA Drag Racing for many years, the legion of fans that flocked to see him at appearances was gratifying to all of us, and made his last days much easier. Up until the last hours, he was amazed and humbled by the response, and well wishes of the people he had influenced over the years.

His racing career spanned periods of six decades, beginning in the mid fifties, driving an Oldsmobile out of his father’s service station in Greensboro, North Carolina. Over that period of time, his success included all major automotive makes, although the bulk of his success came in Chrysler products. His success record during the time of drag racing’s phenomenal growth was incredible, and the Sox and Martin team set the standard in performance, appearance, and just plain class. The cars were flawless in preparation, the crews were professional in appearance, and the following was incredible. After being on the cutting edge of the birth of the Funny Car, Ronnie led Chrysler’s charge back into the focus into more traditional type stock bodied race cars. Touring Chrysler Plymouth dealers around the country, with a clinic program to teach customers how to get the most out of the performance of their cars, they dominated the late sixties. As the gasoline burning cars evolved from cars fitting into different classes into a heads up Pro Stock concept, Ronnie was so dominant that the rules were changed specifically to end his dominance.

Ronnie continued to dominate throughout the early seventies, until the rules makers made it extremely difficult to win with a Chrysler product. He went on the "outlaw" match race circuit, and remained semi retired until 1981, when he came out of retirement to win the IHRA National Championship, this time in a Ford. He teamed again with old teammate Buddy Martin for a couple of IHRA Ford Pro Stockers in the late eighties, until a racing accident ended his full time career. He was involved with Chrysler’s Pro Stock truck effort in the nineties, and when Chrysler resurrected the Hemi Ronnie was back in the saddle again, this time with a reincarnation of his most famous race car, his 1968 Plymouth Barracuda. With its reintroduction, the fans came with it, and he was in demand for Nostalgia appearances throughout the country. His schedule was quite full, and he regretted not being able to fulfill all the requests.

He honestly did not realize how many fans he has, and the support and love shown from people all over the country was of great comfort to him. If you could have seen him light up upon receiving the cards, letters, and emails from you, his fans, I am sure you would be comforted, too. For that, I am grateful.

I would like to thank all of you for the support and love shown us over the past couple of years, rough as they have been. They would have been much rougher, without you, his fans. For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and ask God to bless you all.

Please know that Ronnie loved you all back, and we ask that you remember him as he was in his heyday. I also ask that the example of his class, and his attributes as a person, lives on in each of you.

God Bless you all,

Diane Sox
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