This thread is here to honor our friends we've lost.
Post pics and fun stories and memories.
Here is a list. If anyone is missing (I'm sure there is) from the list, please post and we'll sadly add, or if anyone needs to be edited.
Al Garcia (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=5346) 10-11-2012
Cary Kutter (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1608) 09-03-2021
Dan Callicott (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3136) 10-12-2010
Daniel McElroy (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=24470) 12-16-2020
Dale Flesburg (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3162) 07-22-2016
Dave Cawdrey (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=914) (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=19940) 03-31-2019
Dave Hall (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=430)
Dave Shepard (from GPR)
Ernest Allen Rossi (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=13878) 03-02-2018
Ed Ducey (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1938)
Garrett Goldsmith (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3297) 05-29-2013
Greg Coon (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=19195) 06-29-2022
Harry Wong () 04-22-2023
Howard Dranow (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=943) 08-03-2007
Hoch Meng-Foong (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=4779) 09-01-2019
James Montebello (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1743) 10-2006
Jeff Donnelly (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=7087) 01-2022
Jeff Stroud (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=12594) 06-2016
Jeff Tucker (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=128)
Jim McLeod (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=994) 07-14-2015
Jim Tabor (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=91) 05-05-2023
John Larson (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=2246) 04-2015
John "Otto" Williamson (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1056)
JP Stein (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=45) 01-2017
Karl Ellzey (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=271) 01-02-2019
Ken Majewski (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=4238) 01-07-2016
Lew Mengle (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1692) 03-2012
Mark Bland (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=475) 10-25-2012
Marcus Smith (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=4741) 12-01-2021
Michael James Pittelkow (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=2982) 01-07-2019
Mike Cooley (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=2081) 10-28-2015
Mike Pickels (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=4268) 08-19-2010
Mike Warhurst (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=12002) 08-2021
Nord (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=2756) 08-2014
Paul (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1590) 10-2018
Paul Illick (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=2618)
Paul Naberhaus (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=5727) 11-2020
Phil (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=476) 06-05-2006
Ron Meier (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1696) 08-03-2016
Sean Molloy (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=3541) 12-2022
Sherwood Lee (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=10540) 10-30-2021
Steve Ziesing () 05-23-2020
Welby Sowers (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=1137) 02-28-2013
Wes Hildreth () 08-15-2014
Wes Vann (http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=8211) 06-22-2009
Since Paul Illick's (DBCooper) passing last November caught many of us off guard this week...his obituary is below. RIP Paul.
Mr. Paul Stephen Illick; August 26, 1950 – November 19, 2017
Paul Stephen Illick, age 67, passed away peacefully in Modesto on November 19, 2017 due to complications arising from a respiratory infection.
Stephen was born in 1950 in Syracuse, New York, to Paul Edward and Jean (Bunch) Illick, and was raised in Modesto, CA. Stephen was a businessman who traveled the world, living in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Vallejo, CA, Morrisville, PA, Houston, TX, and returning to Modesto, CA to be close to family in his retirement years.
Stephen was married to Regina (Dal Prete) Illick in Sao Paulo, Brazil and raised two sons, Thomas of Santa Cruz, CA and Andre of Houston, TX. Stephen is also survived by two grandchildren, Abigail and Oliver Illick, and two sisters, Jeanette Aglipay and Zandra Nicolle.
A celebration of life will be planned for a later date. Any memorial contributions should be made to the ACLU or Sierra Club in Paul's name, or an organization of your choice focused on equality or conservation. Stephen was generous, loving, funny, witty and just an amazing and rare type of person filled with genuine compassion for all. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Added some thread highlighting so it stands out more. I'll let this run in the garage for a few days and then move it to the nailed section above.
What about Jeff Tucker?
J. P. Stein...
I didn't know everyone on a face to face basis. Although it felt like it as we know them through the world. Amazing how much you get to know people through the web though. Our community is one of the best around. I appreciate it & all that have contributed through the years. Especially those that have left us
I'll leave a little story about JP. Met him pre 914world. Went up to a BBQ at his place to check out the Shitbox . He had these wooden Boxes he built he would set his car on. Looked a bit funny but man those were solid & handled the weight no problem. JP was one of those "crotchity" older guys. Wonderful guy who spoke his mind. Might rub some the wrong way but wasn't a prick. He just knew what he knew . He was super helpful to me. Even helped me partout a burned up 2.7 I had picked up. Bought a burned up six conversion. Pulled the motor & took it up to JP. The motor was pretty well shot from the fire. I was still amazed when we pulled it apart how many good parts he saved. We just split what we sold 50/50 with JP doing the selling. Since he knew those motor's like the back of his hand. Worked out great & we both got a little coin. Better spent was the time pulling that motor apart with JP. When he wasn't smoking a heater. He was happy to explain everything about the motor. I learned a lot from JP that day. JP was always helpful on the world as well. I always pictured him & CapnCrusty together at some event . I swear fireworks would have went off as they gave their opinions on how to do things. The back & forth would have been a treat to be a part of. I would have loved every minute of it
I didnt know Jeff Tucker passed. Fuck..... Another really good guy.
Dave Hall aka Kargeek
This photo was taken the day that Jeff purchased his project car from me years ago. Jeff grew up in the Bay Area and one of his high school buddies dad had a white 914. Some 30 years later Jeff was chasing down another white 914 to rebuilt as he fondly remembered those days of goofing around in a 914 when he was in school. He had not driven a 914 in over 30 years so I let him take my /6 out for a romp when he bought the project car.
Slits avatar always made me giggle. I never notice the vice before. I guess there were two vices in the photo
A recommendation/consideration to the admins - when we die, perhaps there is some sort of annotation that can be added to our header, pic, or something. Like a black band across our pic, an RIP or some such? I know it is rather superfluous and adds work, and is not of major importance, but this thread has me kind of sentimental given that many were rather close friends, and others were distant friends.
Updated the first post, sorted by first name, added links to their user profiles, cleaned up name/username errors.
I still need more info for some members, we're missing some full names, usernames and dates ...
Please add John Williamson aka Otto
Even though he didn't spend a lot of time on 914world, he was a huge asset to 914's in the area and held numerous track records in 914's.
DAN CALLICOTT Aged 60 years passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. Dan is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kathleen and his daughter Aline both of Hemet. He is also survived by his mother Edna Velthoen of Hemet and a brother David of Idyllwild, CA. Dan began his working career as a field sales manager at Container Corporation of America. While involved with CCA he was able to make many cultural contacts with people from Japan, opening up many opportunities. He then took over Empire Tractor and was recognized by John Deere with many awards. After meeting a neighbor, Dan joined Mitsushiba International, a golf manufacturer, as the Vice President and General Manager expanding on their success and operations around the world. Dan became the Vice President and General Manager of Agri-Empire, and along with Kathy moved from Yorba Linda to Hemet. Dan had a passion for Porsches and motorcycles. He had a love of an eclectic variety of music as well as mountain biking, being a founding member of the Valle Vista Boyz mountain bike group in Hemet. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 701 N. Sanderson, Hemet at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at San Jacinto Valley Cemetery. In lieu of Flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to City of Hope, www.cityofhope.com or the Western Science Center, 2345 Searl Pkwy, Hemet, CA 92543.
Howard passed on 8/3/2007....9 years to the day before SLITS.
Just for your update.
Thanks for the update
Wow, there are a few guys on the list I wasn't aware of
May their souls rest in peace.
Stephen Demosthenes route 30 classics May 29, 2018
Dave Said Triad Muffler https://members.rennlist.com/washington_state_914s/gallery/events/19991023.htm
Ralph Meaney Gt racer June 10, 2018
James, lapuwali http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showtopic=55559
Todd Morris, Close friend and 914 owner, Passed away from lung cancer about 2 years ago.
Several members here knew him and attended his paddle out at Hunting Beach. Sad that he might have been saved but the DR missed the lump on his X-ray originally. Went in for pain he was having and found out he had stage IV cancer. The DR checked the old X-ray taken two years ago and saw the lump then which could have been treated then. He lasted about 6 months.
RIP peace brother.
Could not find his screen name which I remember be chose as Dumbass914.
I think this thread is appropriate. I have pondered how we can we can collect the posts of those who have past and contributed and shared so much knowledge such as Cap'n Krusty, Slits, etc. Many newer member never knew those who are now gone but being able to collect their wisdom and contributions would be an honor to them and allow them to continue helping others to which they so frequently posted.
Any ideas ?
Our 914 Friend Qarl ( Karl Ellzey ) left us yesterday January 2nd. The loss of his son Hunter last summer and the struggles he and his wife Susan have had coping with the loss of their boy and a few dogs recently was more than Karl could bare. We talked last week the day before Christmas, he was struggling with depression, we covered a lot of topics and i was looking forward to seeing him a few weeks from now. Your thoughts and prayers to his family during this time.
I'm shocked and sad to hear that.
So heartbreaking to hear about Karl, after that I am at a loss for words.
So disheartening. Tragic story.
So very sad to hear about Karl.
May he rest in peace.
OMG not Karl . That's unbelievable and so sad to hear. Thanks for letting us know Chap.
RIP Karl. We will miss you.
I am extremely saddened to learn of Karl's death. I knew about Hunter and that was a tough one. I just pray they are together and happy now. Depression is no joke. Deepest condolences to Karl's wife over the lost of her husband and and son.
Read between the lines...very sad indeed!
Holy shot. We talked on the regular through Facebook. I had no idea. So sad.
Godspeed Q. This can be a pretty tough place at times. Wherever you are, I hope you can feel the love we have for you. Godspeed.
I only spoke with Karl a couple times, so very sad to hear this news. Rest in peace brother
I am shocked to read this. sad for him and his surviving family.
I don't have the words... We all watched Hunter grow up through Karl's eyes, and felt the love he had for his boy. The amount of pain and loss he experienced last year is immense. And he was honest about struggling to live the day to day life. I'm absolutely gutted about this. Rest in peace, Karl.
Does anyone here know Susan? I want to reach out, but don't know her personally and don't want to intrude or impose. I can't imagine how she must be feeling right now.
You got it Tony.
I am so very sorry to hear this. I only recently heard of Karl's loss earlier this year... just wish there was a way that he didn't have to feel like he did. Our most sincere condolences to his wife and family.
I am deeply saddened by this as I texted with Karl at Xmas and New Years. Can't believe it and poor Susan as first they lost Hunter and now Karl is gone.
I visited them about 2 years ago and Karl made pizza for and we talked and talked. They showed us around old Orlando which was so nice of them. We also did swim with the Manatee's with them for a real Florida adventure.
Susan Ellzey posted the sad news today on her and Karl's Facebook page if any of you wish to express your condolence, sympathy and love to her.
All who knew Qarl were very fond of him and I appreciate the love all are expressing.
I did not know of Hunter’s passing. So very sad and tragic.
I pray Susan finds strength. Did not know Qarl personally just through his posts. No other words....
So tragic. My condolences to Qarl's wife, family and friends.
Never discount someone's depression -
Sad, he's been on this board since the start. Very sad, way to young, condolences to the family.
Very sad news about his son , and then Karl My condolences to his Family and friends.
Sad news. Please pass along my love and support to Susan.
As someone who has lost a spouse to depression in this manner, it has to be really tough on Susan.
All condolences to her at this impossibly difficult time. RIP Qarl
This really bums me out. I named him Qarl with a Q. I’ve been off the grid for a while and am very sad to hear this. Life is a vapor...
This is very disturbing news. I hope that Susan gets all possible support.
Karl is finally at peace.
Truly heartbreaking . My prayers go out to Susan. RIP my friend. You will be missed
Man, this is hard to read—didn't know Karl well, other than through here and FB, but his love for Hunter (no easy road) was beyond apparent and he truly seemed like one of the
good great ones.
My condolences to all who were close to him…
I found these words to be beautiful and tragic...they were written after Hunter passed away. As a parent, as many of us are here, it is hard to imagine the loss of one of my children. If an admin finds this inappropriate to share...simply remove this post. So very sad...
"The Journey of Hunter Anthony Ellzey
…In the words of his father
18 years ago, on May 1st, 2000 Susan and I had an unexpectedly early delivery. On that day, we lost what was supposed to be our perfect son. Instead, we were given an imperfect baby boy, we named Hunter Anthony, whom would take us on a different path… a path we never anticipated… a path we didn’t know how to navigate…
Our life changed… our family’s lives changed… and we embarked on a new adventure with this little boy. On this 18-year long journey, Hunter would teach his Mother and me many things… compassion… patience… unconditional love… fighting for what was right and what was needed… and how to advocate for those that could not fight for themselves.
Hunter spent 10 weeks struggling to survive in the neonatal intensive care unit at Arnold Palmer Hospital… during that stay, a nurse pulled us aside. I remember her words clearly… “This never should have happened. Please have someone look into the incidents surrounding his birth and remember to fight for him. You will have many doors slammed in your face… many denials from insurance companies… many people telling you that he can’t have this, or shouldn’t get that… you will need to be his advocate… you will need be his eyes and ears… you will need to speak for Hunter and you will need to learn to fight for him. Never accept No as an answer.”
His mother took those words very seriously… and over the last 18 years, Susan became the fiercest Momma bear any little helpless cub could ever ask for. Nothing would stand in her way… she made sure that Hunter had what he needed, when he needed it. Even if it took every last ounce of effort, she found a way to fight for him. Hunter was always safe and protected by his Momma bear.
Hunter encountered many travelers during our journey… the most notable of which were his home nurses and caregivers. Without their love and dedication to both Hunter and our family, the journey would have been near impossible to navigate…. Adene, Debbie, Leisa, Amanda, Wilfredo and countless others cared for and loved Hunter as if he were their very own child and made sure he was clean, comfortable, and most importantly loved. We appreciate their personal sacrifice and the sacrifice of their very own families to allow them to care for Hunter, every Day and every Night, and during every holiday.
A true testament to their phenomenal care was the fact that Hunter was rarely hospitalized. We would often go years without a visit or admission to the hospital. One stretch lasted 5 years. When we brought him to the hospital, a nurse remembered Hunter (being that he was such a unique and memorable kid) and remarked something long the line of, “Wow! You haven’t been here in five years… it’s been so long, we naturally assumed that something had happened to Hunter. It’s amazing, despite his complexities, that you aren’t here more often. Your caregivers are obviously doing something right!”. And they were correct!
Hunter and Miss Adene, his longest-serving nurse had a special bond like no other… he would miss her when she was away during vacation or medical leave… and expressed excitement in his own unique way when she returned. Hunter could never speak; you could tell he was happy when he heard Miss Adene’s voice. No one, not even his own parents, could spiffy him up and make him look so well groomed and handsome, like Miss Adene. She just had a way with him… We jokingly said she would give him a wash, wax, and oil change and he always looked perfect. Susan and I will be forever grateful for her service, as well as the love and service by his entire nursing team.
His doctors, dentist, respiratory therapists, medical supply company, and office support staff always made sure Hunter was a priority and got the medical care and equipment and supplies he needed. We lost track of the thousands of prescriptions carefully compounded by the pharmacists over the years, and the dozens of pickups we had to perform each week. This boy relied upon so many people to contribute to his well-being. Thank you for all working together to help supply him for his journey.
When Hunter was about a year and a half, Susan would take him to a group therapy session at a United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) facility. It was at UCP that we met Miss Ana, who would eventually become Hunter’s teacher. Miss Ana spent nearly every Saturday coming to the house and teaching him… They worked on colors, letters, numbers, animals, state capitals, tactile sensations, and music therapy. Together Hunter and his special teacher worked on countless arts and craft projects using Hunter’s very own hands and fingers. I’m not sure how she didn’t run out of so many creative ideas… Recently, we discussed “graduation”. She proclaimed that Hunter was now 18 years old and she felt we should have a graduation ceremony for him. Miss Ana had even bought him a little cap and gown. Sadly, she wasn’t able to have that ceremony for him that they worked so hard together to get to.
Hunter was always a fighter… the first three days his little body was nearly shut down from his birth trauma. We remember at the 72-hour mark, his little body was so swollen because his kidneys weren’t functioning. He had barely peed a few ounces since he was born. His doctors told us that if his kidneys didn’t come back online soon, Hunter would pass away from the increasing levels of toxicity in his body. His great-aunt Kathy was visiting him with me in the NICU, and during that visit, he started to pee… and he peed and peed and kept peeing. His kidneys were working! I don’t think anyone was every so excited to see their little boy peeing!
After coming home, Hunter would struggle to breathe, eventually need a trach placed, which was the first of many difficult decisions Susan and I would have to make regarding his medical care… each decision taxing our minds… were we doing the right thing? were we going too far? But we always knew and felt what we were doing was right for Hunter and he would continue on his journey for as long as HE deemed necessary.
Many of you don’t know, but we came close to losing him last fall. Susan and I were visiting Tennessee with a dear friend to witness the eclipse, when we got a notification that 9-1-1 had been called at our house around 8pm. Hunter was very ill and had been rushed via ambulance to the ER. By 10:00pm, his Nurse Amanda (who was with him in the ER) told us we should drive home immediately… and she would do her best to make sure he stuck around until we got to see him one last time. After 12 hours of driving through the night, we made it to the hospital. After three days we were given dire news by his medical team… Hunter wasn’t expected to survive… and we were instructed to take him home with hospice to pass away.
Over the years, I would jokingly say that Hunter inherited his stubbornness from his Mother... and that this trait was not necessarily a bad thing. Hunter traveled his path and his journey according to his own unique plan… no one really knew what that plan was… After coming home with Hospice, Hunter decided to stick around and once again, prove his doctors wrong… He gave us another 9 months to love him, and for his nurses to provide him with extraordinary care in his own home, with his dogs sleeping at the foot of his own bed, and comforting familiar sounds that made him feel safe.
On the morning of May 8th, 1 week after turning 18 years old, Hunter decided that his journey needed to come to an end… His passing was quick and unexpected, and he was at home surrounded by his Nurse Debbie, his Momma bear and father by his side.
We want to thank everyone that supported us in caring for Hunter during his short life. What an amazing journey he took us all on and we thank everyone for experiencing that journey with him.
We especially want to thank our family for their love and understanding of the way we needed to care for Hunter… for changing the way we needed to be as a family, and for always celebrating holidays and family functions at hour house so we could celebrate with Hunter too.
Our lives will never be the same without him. Hunter defined us, and it will be a new struggle and a new journey to figure out how to continue on without him.
We love you, Hunter"
RiP Karl and Hunter
If any of our Canadian members are struggling please contact me as my wife works in mental health.
For US members I know Dr Evil has offered help in the past.
For all others please seek help, talk to someone in the mental heath field or your doctor.
We are family and we're willing to help. Please ask!
Fellow 914ers, I have been around this board since Jan 2002 and there have been several things which we have faced together when our members were going through tough situations. The one I remember the most was when Hunter was born making one of our families complete. It was with great joy I read the threads regarding him and his family. I am writing this note centered around Hunter since he brought great joy to all us members.
This is a great family and it is great sorrow I am having to read about Karl. I only knew Karl through the threads which was always talking about Hunter. You could tell Hunter was his life. Deep sorrow can do strange things and lead us down a terrible path.
Susan, you are going through rough times. There is not really any way to express our deep feelings and concern we feel for what you are going through. I only know that the involvement I had with Hunter and Karl via the 914world board is something I have always cherished. Both of them through the threads gave me a greater insight into what other people have to go through and the joy it brings them.
May Hunter and Karl rest in peace with heavenly blessing.
Susan, I really do not know really how to express how much Hunter and Karl left with me and thus expressing my feelings to you for your experiencing the losses. I only know there are many on this board are there to help you as needed.
Steve N Sandy Hurt
P.S. I agree with Mark Henry
Thanks for sharing that Tony.
I too only knew Karl from his posts and a few answers he's given me and it seems that his love for family was deep. I hope his family can find peace at this very difficult time.
Just saw this. So Sad.
I just hope they they've all found one another and are happily talking shop!
WHOA... huge picture! Not sure how to reduce here. ??
That would be my idea of heaven
It's been hard to find to find the words but I feel I need to say something. I got in to 914's over 20 years ago. Many of the people that were so influential in my love of the car and helped me out in my inauguration to the world that is the 914 have passed. I still carry with me the screwdriver that John (Cap'n Krusty) gave me to short the starter when my 914 wouldn't start at his shop. Others that I had the pleasure of knowing and learning from, Dan (xitspd), John (otto), JP Stein, and Mark (Engman). It was hard to come back after being away for so long to find this thread. RIP
I regret not having known the others here that have passed away. Our community has always had such a family bond unlike any other car group I have ever been a part of and I am thankful for every one here.
According to a post on the Death Fairy thread. korijo passed on March 31st 2019...
Dave was a tough guy with a will to live. I doubt I could have endured it. I had a few online conversations with him when he was trying to unload some parts. Last year? IRRC his tub wound up stored in Montana.
For the record;
“Ferdinand Piech, the former chairman and chief executive who built Volkswagen into one of the world’s largest carmakers, then abruptly exited just before the emergence of a historic scandal, has died. He was 82.
Piech died Sunday evening at a clinic in Bavaria after a visit to a restaurant, German daily Bild reported. His wife, Ursula, confirmed in a written statement sent through a Berlin lawyer that her husband died “suddenly and unexpectedly,” according to German news wire Deutsche Presse-Agentur. VW officials and representatives for the Piech family had no immediate comment.
Piech, the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, whose engineering firm laid the basis for the manufacturer of the 911 sports car, became VW’s CEO in 1993, when the Wolfsburg, Germany, company was mired in losses. Plagued with quality problems and high costs, VW returned to profitability by producing better vehicles without large-scale job cuts, winning Piech the allegiance of unions and shareholders alike.
Piech continued to guide strategy after becoming supervisory board chairman in 2002. His authoritarian management style and thirst for acquisitions helped VW grow into a global automotive powerhouse that outsold Toyota Motor Corp. three years ago to become the world’s biggest carmaker.
His crowning achievement was the acquisition of the Porsche brand in 2012. The purchase was the final stage in turning the tables on his cousin, Wolfgang Porsche, who had pushed the Stuttgart, Germany, sports-car producer to bid for VW four years earlier. Piech sided with the state of Lower Saxony, which owns a blocking stake in VW, to rebuff Porsche’s offer just as the suitor’s debt was surging from the takeover effort.
“His most significant achievement is that he built the largest and most successful automobile company in the world,” said John Wolkonowicz, an automotive historian who worked inside VW in Germany as a consultant in the 1990s. “And he built it from nothing.”
The combination of VW and Porsche united manufacturers that trace their roots to Piech’s grandfather, who developed the original VW Beetle car under a contract with Germany’s Nazi government in 1934.
Under Piech, VW pushed into high-end autos with the purchase of the Bentley and Bugatti nameplates. At the same time, he tightened VW’s integration of the mass-market Seat and Skoda brands. By the end of 2012, Volkswagen either owned outright or held controlling stakes in 12 vehicle brands, including supercar producer Lamborghini, heavy-truck makers MAN and Scania, and motorcycle maker Ducati.
His obsession with cars — and the desire to make the best possible ones, regardless of price — also cost VW a lot of money. With the flopped Phaeton sedan, the Bugatti Veyron supercar and Audi’s A2 hatchback, the Volkswagen group accounts for three out of the 10 biggest money losers in modern automotive history, according to estimates from Max Warburton, an analyst for Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. That’s the worst track record in the industry.
Enjoying a cult-like following within the company, Piech often got his way when he lost confidence in managers, forcing out a series of executives, including his handpicked successor as CEO, Bernd Pischetsrieder, in 2006. The supervisory board’s leadership committee surprisingly defied him in April 2015 by saying it would vote to extend Martin Winterkorn’s contract as CEO, against Piech’s wishes. Piech resigned as chairman later that month.
“If I want to achieve something, I approach the problem and push it through without realizing what’s happening around me,” he wrote in his 2002 autobiography. “My desire for harmony is limited.”
Piech’s legacy was tainted by the spectacular fallout with fellow family members and other VW key stakeholders over who was to blame for the manufacturer’s diesel emissions scandal, which has cost the company $33 billion so far and triggered the deepest crisis in its history.
Piech said he had mentioned indications of possible wrongdoing to other top officials in 2015 before U.S. authorities uncovered the large-scale emission manipulation months later, but that those warnings weren’t heeded. His allegations were denied by his cousin Wolfgang Porsche and other VW officials involved.
“Dieselgate put the final besmirchment on his career,” Wolkonowicz said. “Most people believe that because he was such a hands-on manager that he probably knew about it.”
Ferdinand Karl Piech was born April 17, 1937, in Vienna. His father, Anton, was a lawyer, and his mother, Louise, was the daughter of Ferdinand Porsche. The third of four children, Ferdinand Piech had two brothers and a sister.
After attending the Swiss boarding school Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, near St. Moritz, from 1952 until 1958, he studied engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. In 1963, Piech went to work for his uncle Ferry at Porsche in Stuttgart, where he later became a technical manager.
Piech joined VW in 1972, when he moved to Audi from Porsche after the family decided to end its active role in the operations. At Audi, he pushed the development of the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, helping establish the brand as an innovator and later enabling it to overtake Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz in global luxury-car sales in 2011.
This year, the holding company for the Porsche and Piech family, Volkswagen’s main owners, said it may buy more shares in the carmaker. Porsche Automobil Holding, which owns about 53% of Volkswagen, said in March that VW’s market value doesn’t reflect its “vast potential.”
Piech arranged for his wife to be appointed to VW’s supervisory board in 2012. The two resigned their board seats in April 2015.
He had five children with his first wife, the former Corina von Planta; two from his relationship with Marlene Porsche, the former wife of his cousin Gerhard Porsche; three with Ursula Piech; and two other children.
Well, he procreated well...
Just came across some old posts and realized we never added Mike Pickels to the list.
Died Aug. 19, 2010, age 32
Hoch Meng Foong, aka Meng, of Singapore recently passed away. Meng’ s work frequently brought him to Southern California. He attended several of Joe Sharps bar-b-ques in Huntington Beach. I first met Meng at the German Auto Fest in Ventura.
His car was a ‘75 conversion with RH drive, After a crash several years ago, he completely rebuilt the car with the help of Bruce Stone.
Godspeed fellow Teener Brother!!!
Meng with Carson Chan at 2019 Rennsport at 914 coral
And pic of Meng and Joe Sharp. Whenever Meng visited the US from Singapore, he would visit Joe Sharp and ship for parts
Anyone know Paul's full name?
Wow! Paul Bjork have his number in my phone. I lost touch with him. We met up a few times when I was working storm claims in the Metro. His car is an awesome build.
Paul was a gentle giant, Brilliant man, everything he did was perfection. invented many things and made parts if they weren't available. He molded taillights for the 904 he was working on when he found out the weren't available, and traded Beck a set of tail lights for headlight covers. His health was failing for several years numerous health issues, the last was he needed a kidney transplant. Ill reach out to Kelsie to see if i can be of any help.
I'm reporting that my uncle, Michael James Pittelkow passed away in January 2019. He was a great man. He served in Vietnam from 4/20/64-3/3/66 to the Ambulance Platoon, Company B, 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Infantry Division as an Ambulance Platoon Sergeant. Back home he raced stock cars in the Winston Cup Grand National Series from 1969-1973 under the name Mike James.
His most prized possession was his 1973 914 2.0 which he took care of himself and garaged all these years. It's in immaculate condition, and I am his very lucky nephew that has inherited it. I love driving this car!
I wanted to post this information in case any of you knew him, and feel free to reach out to me if you have any words or questions. I hope to meet you all, and I'll see you out there on the road!
P.S. I may be posting parts, books, and manuals in the want ads section.
His user name: mikie
Michael James Pittelkow
Thank you for sharing and RIP in peace Mike James. Any one who knows what it’s like to drop it into turn one with a bunch of hungry competitors has a place in my heart! Godspeed Mike James! And welcome to you....cheers!
Sorry to hear of your uncle's passing ... sounds like he was a great guy.
Hope you keep the car and decide to join in on the fun and camaraderie this forum offers it's members.
Once it's safe to go back in the water, we'll have some more get-togethers, including the semi-annual G&R swap meets out in Riverside.
Thanks for the kind words and the welcome! I brought the car out to an event last September at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, maybe I met some of you there? Sorry to say that wasn't me in Westlake. I'm based in the San Fernando Valley.
Looking forward to seeing and learning more about these fantastic cars.
Yep I was there - parked down at the opposite end, we might have met. I'm in Liberty Canyon off the 101 so not far.
Today I Toast Phil in Jax. Wow, has it really been that long.
Paul Naberhaus (1970 Neun vierzehn) 11-2020
Daniel McElroy (DANNYMAC) 12-16-2020
Sad to Add Warpig to our list.
Memorial this Sunday for those that can attend
Joan Ellison. Dave's wife. Don't know if she was a member here, but she had her own 914. Sweet girl.
I just saw today that Cary Kutter of Midlemotors passed away from his injuries sustained from having been hit by a pickup truck while in a cross walk.
Sherwood Lee has passed away. There was some sort of as yet undisclosed accident, and he didn't make it.
What a great guy, smart and friendly. I just saw him at the Cars in the Canyon event in Chino. We discussed oil coolers for my Carrera. RIP my friend.
911S Registry thread:
So sorry to hear this ... Rest in Peace my friend.
I hadn't spoken with Sherwood since the 2015 WCC. He was driving behind me on Saturday's spirited run through the back road twisties. After we stopped for a quick rest, I remember him asking what the 'BB' had in the engine bay. He was surprised that it was only a 2.1L/4-banger.
He will surely be missed by a lot of folks. My sincere condolences to his family and his many friends.
So sad. I used to read his posts and sit in awe of his magnificent attitude on his journey to life's end. He was truly a brave and positive force. I would have withered if it were me. Vaya con Diós Marcus Smith.
Just saw this. Cool project. Sad to read of the end of the struggle.
... Rest in Peace, Marcus
Greg Coon (Coondog) 06-29-2022
Sean Molloy (sean_v8_914) 12-2022
Please add Jeff Donnelly (jeffdon) January 2022
Sean at autocross in El Toro, CA 2017
Dave Ellison(Triaddave), owner of Triad West Performance 02/04/2023
So many good guys - sucks big time
Please add Harry Wong 04/22/2023.
So sad to hear this. Harry would often show up for PCA meetings at Glory days in Seal beach in his black 914. RIP
Oh my....I always enjoyed our conversations at different local Cars & Coffee in SoCal. Such a cool guy!
Condolences to his family.
God speed my friend
Jim Tabor, AKA JimTab passed on 5/5/2023 finally succumbing to Alzheimer's. Jim had be battling it for several years, and it had been years since I last saw him. He was a fixture in the Bay Area group and if you knew him, he was your friend. Jim performed the wedding ceremony for my first marriage (not his fault it didnt work out) and he let us borrow his pristine 1973 Zambezi 2.0 for our honeymoon in Napa. I eventually bout that car from him only to have to sell it a few short years later to pay for divorce. I got to sell it onto a friend of mine that was new to 914, and hated mine when we were in college because it was always keeping me busy. He caught the bug, I sold it to him for exactly what I paid for it, and it was a friends price. Jim kept asking if I wanted to sell it back to him, not realizing that he could no longer drive, and that I had already sold to car on. Alzheaimer's is an ugly disease and it stole him long before his body quit. Those who knew him have heavy hearts even though there is a massive hole left by Jims passing. He was without a doubt the best of us. Take care of yourselves.
RIP Jim, glad I got to know him and see him at many 914 breakfasts over the years.
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