The brilliant actor Bill Paxton died on Saturday at the age of 61, after what several outlets have reported was a stroke following scheduled heart surgery. This is awful. He was a goddamn gem of a screen actor, and he has left the world so much poorer now that he won’t be boasting or grinning or melting down or…
Five-time International Hot Rod Association world champion and reigning Professional Drag Racing Association champion Ronnie Davis died of injuries sustained in an airborne qualifying accident Saturday at Rockingham Dragway, per a PDRA statement. Davis was qualifying for the Top Sportsman class in the PDRA Spring…
The first woman to drive in Formula One, Maria Teresa de Filippis, passed away Saturday at the age of 89. According to Motorsport.com, she made five attempts to qualify a privateer Maserati 250F in 1958 and 1959, and started three races in the car.
Katayama Yutaka (editor's note: family name first), former executive of Nissan USA and responsible for building the Datsun/Nissan Z (known as the Fairlady in Japan) into a well known brand in the 70s, has died at the age of 105.
Stephanie Kwolek, the chemist who invented the incredibly tough fiber known as Kevlar, died yesterday at the age of 90. She was definitely a "true pioneer for women in science," as DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman noted, and her contributions to engineering and life-saving technology will ensure her memory lives on.
(While the Edsel was not a huge success, it spawned some of the most successful cars to ever come out of the Ford Motor Company. Daniel Strohl at Hemmings takes a look back at what was. - TO)
Chris Economaki, the man frequently called the "dean of American motorsports journalism," has passed away at age 91. Economaki had been in racing journalism since he was 14, and was at the helm of National Speed Sport News for nearly 60 years.
At 6'6", William "Big Willie" Andrew Robinson III — a bowler hat perched atop his head, his voice booming — cut an imposing figure among the youth of South Central Los Angeles during the 1970s. That figure both belied and contributed to his mission, which was to end gang violence and racial unrest through drag…
In 1965, with a shiny, gold streamliner they'd built in a shed — and four Hemi V8s — brothers Bill and Bob "Butch" Summers ended the longstanding British rule over the wheel-driven land-speed record. Bill Summers died last week at 75.
From his mother's basement to the shelves and showcases of millions, Robert Reder co-founded Monogram models in 1945 — choosing the larger 1/24th scale over the industry standard 1/25th. By the 1960s, Monogram had the box art to beat.
Lenny Woods, a black businessman whose name graced the groundbreaking Stone Woods & Cooke Swindler drag car racer in the 1960s, was found dead in his failed California Ford dealership Tuesday after an apparent suicide. He was 64 years old.
Jerry Flint, the official curmudgeon of the auto journalism world whose career dated to the Eisenhower administration, died Saturday. We fly our ascots at half-staff in his honor today.
Donald N. Frey, the engineer who led the team that gave us the first Ford Mustang, passed away
today March 5th. He was 86 years old.
Jan Gabriel, the Chicago-area motorsport announcer who popularized the phrase "Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!", died last week at 69. He got his start as a sock-hop disc jockey and eventually moved into automotive television. Fittingly, he passed on a Sunday.
Donna Mae Mims, the first female SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) national champion, died last week. Her body's being displayed today in the driver's seat of her 1979 pink Corvette, per her wishes.
Senator Edward "Teddy" Kennedy (D-MA), the "Lion Of The Senate" and the only man to lose the Presidency because of an auto accident, passed away Tuesday night at his Massachusetts home. Jalopnik remembers the man and his legend below.