Tom Dunn

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gdunn
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Tom Dunn

Post by gdunn » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:27 am

Many knew him as the man with the blue polka dot hat. The founding father of Dunn’s Welding Inc.
Some would call him Tom. Many more would call him Mr Dunn. The most important title he held to us was “Dad”.
Dad was a husband, father, grandfather, the names go on…….
A man…back in the day that loved to race corvettes, tinker on quarter midgets, be the captain of his own vessel, dabble with motor cross, and travel in his motor home. He and Margaret loved traveling to Florida once a year to see his daughter and attend the Sebring race. His next favorite destination you ask? Waterford Hills MI. Home of the Oakland County Sportsmen Club for which he was a member for numerous years. Ask anyone there at the club when he attended the Waterford Hill Road Racing meeting where his file was … “Old Farts File” really that’s the name on the label. You either have to be very special or a member for more years than one cares to admit. I’m pretty sure it was the latter. He holds the title of longest member to never miss a race weekend since joining in 1959 Grant it there were a couple race weekends that he was escorted out in a ambulance but….none the less he was still there.
You may be asking why we are taking a trip down memory lane for the man with the blue polka dot hat….this man…Mr Dunn….is on a new voyage. He recently earned his set of wings. We know he will be missed as he was known and loved by many.
A celebration of life gathering will be held in the summer of 2020 in Waterford Hills at the club house he so loved to attend.
We hope you would prepare stories, find old and even recent pictures and join us next summer..
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Re: Tom Dunn

Post by Bruce Race » Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:16 pm

My condolences.... I stopped by the trailer this past Race #6.....Tom was sitting in his chair, I asked if He wanted to ride along with Me on the golf cart, to take a lap of the Paddock.....of course he said "Sure".....we talked and waved to people, and had a nice trip......Tom was a nice man, who was there to help at any moment , especially when welding was needed. Thanks for everything Tom ! Sincerely, Bruce MacDonald, 2019 WHRRI - D.O.R.

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Re: Tom Dunn

Post by Brian » Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:25 pm

Godspeed, Tom!
"A nation which makes great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools."

Thucydides, 460 B.C.

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Re: Tom Dunn

Post by Racing Stuff » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:31 am

I would see Tom at Waterford Hills, as many of you did too. But I also remember him at earlier Detroit GP weekends, back when the F-1 people traveled the world like gypsies, likely to rely on "local" help for things.
I too will miss that friendly, helper to so many racers for all those years.
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Re: Tom Dunn

Post by bruceman » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:03 pm

I remember Tom being at Corvette Car Club autocross events, He was not driving but instead was there to help anyone who needed it. He was petty awesome.

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