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« on: July 14, 2017, 10:44:58 AM »

Tom Hamilton who raced a R model (GT350-5R533) passed  away.   Sad

Link to his obit, and a video of the car.

http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/obituaries/thomas-hamilton/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkQ81yiD9RE

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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2017, 10:51:42 AM »

Hamilton with the car back in the day.

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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2017, 12:18:00 PM »

Thanks for posting, I was reading about him only a few months back. Won lots of races! No doubt he knew the nuances of the GT350R well
RIP

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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2017, 01:28:29 PM »

89 years old and passed away peacefully. RIP

Here's a color photo "at speed" that was posted at AutoPuzzles.com



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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 12:57:05 PM »

  He was a true gentleman ( off the track LOL) Very gracious and full of wonderful racing stories. Well liked by everyone that met or knew him. Yes he will be missed. RIP
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2017, 01:59:09 PM »

From the video, near 0:23, there is a short footage showing a tag from COBRA AUTOMOTIVE COMP CAR 012.  Did COBRA Automotive restore the car?  Why the 012?  I'd think the film director would have shot the SAI VIN tag to illustrate pedigree, not COBRA Automotive.  Seams odd.

RIP Tom.

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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2017, 07:05:06 PM »

I met Tommy Hamilton a few years ago, at an event inducting him into the BCHRA (British Columbia Hot Rod Association) Hall of Fame. The MC was Nigel Mathews (President of Hagerty Canada, and automotive writer), who knew I had a '65 GT350, and so he introduced us. Tommy invited me to sit at his table and after listening to his stories he rifled through his briefcase and pulled out an 8 x 10 photo of 5r533, which he very generously signed and gave me. We exchanged contact information & I told him he was welcome to visit and come for a ride in the Shelby, maybe stir some old memories! Unfortunately, we never did see each other again.

Tommy Hamilton was a truly great guy and I am thankful I got to meet him, and laugh with him while listening to his many wonderful stories.

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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2017, 11:14:53 PM »

I Only met met Tommy by phone, but we spoke a few times after learning of the connection that car had to my wife and her brother's friend who bought it from Brown Bros. in 1972. You can read more in the Registry . Yes, he was a true gentleman I believe and loved to tell about his racing days which were many in that car up and down the West Coast of Canada and the Pacific Northwest. I was also fortunate to get a signed colour 8x10 of him with the car at SAAC 30 or 32? He will be missed by his many family members I'm sure, but they will always have his wonderful spirit to hold on to every day.
 Thank you Tommy for being who you were.
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2017, 07:02:22 AM »

It was SAAC 30 where I met Tommy and his family,he was so nice. Sorry to hear of his passing.



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