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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 06:47 PM
I've been a fan of sportscar racing for more years than I care to mention,truly sad news for the racing community:


In the world of Hollywood where so many people are vacuous prima donnas, Paul Newman is one of the great exceptions. He is considered one of the greatest American actors and one of the classiest human beings. However, after 83 years, the Newman era is drawing to a close. About 18 months ago, Newman was diagnosed with lung cancer and he's not expected to live past the end of September.

Many fans of his acting are not aware of Newman's nearly four-decade long involvement in motorsports. Over the years he has racked up a second place finish at the 24 hours of Le Mans and a GTS class victory at the 1995 Daytona 24 hours... at the age of 74. For the last 25 years he and Carl Haas have owned one of the most successful IndyCar/ChampCar teams of the era, as well. Off the track and sound stage he has also raised over $200 million for charity through the Newman's Own brand of foods.

On August 13, the Lime Rock Park race track near his Connecticut home shut down for a couple hours so that Newman could take a few final laps in his GT1 Corvette. The world will certainly be a poorer place with his passing. If you haven't watched The Hustler, The Sting, or Butch and Sundance recently, now's probably a good time to put them in ! your Net Flix queue. Thanks for the tip, Luke!

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 06:56 PM
God bless him.

"Nobody's Fool" starring Newman and Jessica Tandy is one of my favorites.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 06:57 PM
It's too bad about Mr. Newman, I think I will honor him by adding a few of those movies to my queue...good idea. I love his food products too, he donates the profits to charity.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:08 PM
I think i would have quit after 19 eggs.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:12 PM
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I think i would have quit after 19 eggs.




Yes....Cool Hand Luke forever.


 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:17 PM
Back in the 80's I used to work at the Detroit Grand Prix. One of the weekend support race was Trans-AM and Newman would race in it. He always wore sunglasses there indoors and out. Someone asked him if he would take off his shades, his response was "I would but my pants will fall down"

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:29 PM
Thanks for this Bob. As you know, for me, there is no higher praise than "he's a real racer." Newman is a real racer. I was witness to many of his drives in IMSA in the 80's and 90's. Nice story about the drive at Lime Rock.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:34 PM
The Great Reggie Dunlop. My prayers to you and your familly Mr. Newman.

[Edited on 8/28/2008 by KPRESTN712]

[Edited on 8/28/2008 by KPRESTN712]

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:35 PM
I was invited to be near the pits for the Newman Haas Lanigan team at the upcoming 300 in Chicago on the 7th. Not sure how close I'll get, but I'll be thinking of Mr. Newman and hoping for a win.
 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:39 PM
Very saddened to read this news....a great actor & seemingly a great guy...

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:44 PM
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The Great Reggie Dunlop. My prayers to you and your familly Mr. Newman.





My mother signed excuses for me & my friends to skip school, then drove us to Syracuse so we could watch them film Slap Shot.

They needed more crowd for the fight in the stands scene, so they moved all the spectators into the bleachers with the paid extras.


To this day I have never been able to see myself, but I know I'm there on the edge somewhere.


My friends dad was a paid extra, he's wearing glasses and standing next to the Doublemint Twins.


I've been worried, Paul has looked and sounded real frail the last few times I've seen him on Letterman.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:48 PM
Slapshot. What a classic movie! I think I watched that movie 100 times.
 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:51 PM
Set a record at the time for the number of "F bombs" in a movie.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:52 PM
I love Paul Newman....as an actor, as a racer, as a family man. I've always admired his devotion to his wife, Joann Woodward. He is total class. I'm very sad he's ill. What a great body of work he's accomplished. And his charitable efforts speak volumes about the man. He's not gone yet, but I'll go ahead and say it now. I'm gonna miss him when he is gone. I wish I had the opportunity to shake his hand and say thank you.

THANK YOU PAUL NEWMAN.

[Edited on 8/28/2008 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 08:04 PM
83 years, we could all be lucky to fill as many lives in 83 years that Cool Hand Luke has. He's an all time favorite.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 08:32 PM
He was great as Coach Reg Dunlap and the Hanson Brothers line.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 08:43 PM
Hud
Cool Hand Luke
Slap Shot
Absence of Malice

Bless you, Mr. Newman.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 08:57 PM
Who own the Chiefs? Owns Owns....
 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 08:59 PM
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"Old time hockey!"

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 09:09 PM
"They brought their fu##ing toys with them...... Rather have them play with their toys then play with themselves..... They are too stupid to play with themselves."
 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 09:21 PM
Before PL moved up to Trans Am he won the SCCA DP class in his TR6 that was 75 or 76. He use to race under PL Newman. It was not uncommon for PL to actually sign off on your race license in those days. I never drove against him because he was not an open wheel driver and I was. People who raced against said he was a very nice guy. A gal I know, her room mate SMU lived down the street from him in Conn. and she told me he was a good guy and very friendly to people when you ran into him in the store.
 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 10:23 PM

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 10:23 PM
I think one of his shining moments was 2nd at Le Mans in'79 was with Rolf Stomellen (RIP) and Californian Dick Barbour in a Porsche 935. I've often heard if PLN started a racing career at a young age with go-carts,formula ford,etc. he would've surely been a World Champion.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 10:38 PM
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The Great Reggie Dunlop. My prayers to you and your familly Mr. Newman.





My mother signed excuses for me & my friends to skip school, then drove us to Syracuse so we could watch them film Slap Shot.

They needed more crowd for the fight in the stands scene, so they moved all the spectators into the bleachers with the paid extras.


To this day I have never been able to see myself, but I know I'm there on the edge somewhere.


My friends dad was a paid extra, he's wearing glasses and standing next to the Doublemint Twins.


I've been worried, Paul has looked and sounded real frail the last few times I've seen him on Letterman.


They filmed some where I went to high school also. Slap Shot is the sports version of my life. Spinal Tap is the music version.

Like Paul is most movies. I think he choose his spots well.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 10:46 PM
He's always been a class act, the real deal, and the embodiment of cool.

 

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