|Wally Parks information from Landspeed Louise 070929|
My dear friend Dick Wells sent me the following earlier this evening:
“I'm sorry to report that Wally Parks passed away this evening. Wally had been struggling with a cracked hip bone and during hospitalization developed heart problems and came down with pneumonia. He passed peacefully shortly past 7 p.m. this evening. No plans have as yet been announced for a memorial service, but information will likely be carried on nhra.com and in National Dragster.”
We have lost a giant motorsports statesman, the likes of which will not be seen anytime soon again. Pioneers with visionary conviction are hard to come by.
I did notice how frail Wally was at the Winternationals and made it a point to sit and talk with him much longer than normal. From his response to my conversation I could tell he enjoyed the talk immensely – and it all about dry lakes racing. It was a bit surreal because we were chatting away trading historical notes and details halting only momentarily as the pro cars blasted off the line in the semi-finals. We had the best seats in the house for the drags but spoke of nothing but Bonneville and the dry lakes. I knew where the guy’s heart was.
Speedy Regards,"LandSpeed" Louise Ann Noeth
Member: Board of
Directors/Motor Press Guild, American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters,