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Throwback Thursday! Ok it's Throwback Thursday... let's see your phto from the past!

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Old 01-27-2022, 03:08 PM
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Default my friend left us 13 yrs ago

13 yrs ago my friend and ( mainly bmw ) car lover died.
At the time he was floor manager at a bmw dealership. The building had a cellar and 2 stories with an elevator to move cars up to the showroom floor.
That morning Jan. 28 he was walking backwards with a container filled with car parts, to where the elevator should have been. Due malfunction of the safety systems, the gate was open but the elevator had gone up to the next floor and he fell into the basement pulling the container along. He died at 49.

Building the gravestone ( gravesteel actually... ) helped me give it a place inside my head.
He owned this old 323 Beemer , the "one day I will fixerupper "type.
I used the engine block of that car for the cor-ten steel grave and made piston candle holders.... It just had to be automotive... He had gasoline for blood. r.i.p. buddy...
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Old 01-27-2022, 03:51 PM
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Sorry for your loss, Dutch. What a cool way to honour your friend, using parts from his beloved car and building something to commemorate him. Very cool!
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Old 01-27-2022, 10:48 PM
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WOW... WHAT a memorial!!!

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Old 01-27-2022, 11:53 PM
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That was a really nice thing you did. As they say, he’s hanging out somewhere going “VEroom VEROOM VEROOM”
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Old 01-28-2022, 06:56 AM
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Sorry for your loss Dutch, and that's a really nice job you did. It must have been bittersweet to build that.
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Old 01-28-2022, 08:45 AM
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That's just cool! RIP to your bud!
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Old 01-28-2022, 09:03 AM
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Sorry for your loss.
A great way to pay tribute to a car lover
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Old 01-28-2022, 09:45 AM
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Sorry for your loss Dutch. What a very cool build for him. That's a true friend.
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Old 01-28-2022, 12:33 PM
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Thanks guys.
I felt grateful at the time to get the opportunity to pay respect my way.
It was not the first time I build a monument, but it was the last.
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Old 01-29-2022, 12:39 AM
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that story brakes my heart sorry for your loss....
That is a awesome build!!!! Looks great!
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