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3/14=my 42nd rally anniversary
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A dear friend of rallying, and motorsport in general, lost his life due to a motorcycle accident near his home in Pickerington, Ohio this weekend.

http://www.dragracingonline.com/innerview/Images/dickmaxwell2.jpg

I met Dick thanks to my involvement with Chrysler in the 80s. He was the motorsport boss back when Dodge dominated the Production ProRally classes and he even drove rally cars from the CMC Motorsports, Inc. stable at select events each year that I was a Dodge boy. The corporate support of grassroots autosport he championed helped make Dodge a force not only in rallying but also in road racing, off-road racing, drag racing and Pikes Peak, to name those areas that come to mind.

Dick was a former VP of the AMA, and the following appears on their website (http://www.ama-cycle.org/index.asp) :

"Dick Maxwell, former AMA VP, dies in motorcycle accident
Sep. 3 ? The AMA has learned that Richard E. ''Dick'' Maxwell, 67, of Pickerington, Ohio, died Saturday, August 31, 2002, at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident earlier that day.

"A graduate of the University of Illinois and the Chrysler Institute, Maxwell served as the AMA's Vice President of Sports Marketing, managing professional motorcycle competition, from 1991 to 1993. He was the manager of Dodge Motor Sports for Chrysler, and was a member of the National Hot Rod Association Hall of Fame, the National Street Rod Association Hall of Fame, American Motorcyclist Association, the Honda Sport Touring Association, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

"Maxwell is survived by wife of 18 years, Sandy; children Patricia Costigan, Katherine Lynn Niemczak, Eric Maxwell, Susan Stevens, and Amy Maxwell.

"Calling hours will be held at the Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in Pickerington on Wednesday, September 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 pm. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a service of remembrance at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. on Thursday at Seton Parish Catholic Church, adjacent to the funeral home.

"In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or to The Ohio State University Medical Center in Dick's memory."

According to dragracingonline.com, "In 1961 Dick Maxwell and the Ramchargers set out to change Dodge's image on the street. The sport of drag racing has never been the same since." Clearly, America has lost a consumate gearhead and a dear friend.

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This truly is sad news. We had a lot of good times & good memories with Dick(even if you did have to rebuild a lot of the cars he broke!)

He was the last person Marilyn ever co-drove for. In fact, Arkansas Traveler may also be the last rally he drove. I can't remember(must be getting old).
 

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Sans Thompson (Formula Atlantic racer turned Dodge rally driver in the 80s and reappearing soon in a PGT DSM) who organized the 1987 Barbary Coast Rally that headquartered in San Francisco shared this with me via email: "He was the ultimate in help getting the Barbary Coast Rally off of the ground. I wonder how many people remember him "mooning" them as they drove the transit back to San Francisco. He was a friend....its a shame."

http://www.realautosport.com/pics/barbary/onboard1.jpg

That's Dick standing, adressing the crowd on the 'SS Dodge Motorsports' during our SF Bay Cruise/press junket prior to the rally.

http://www.realautosport.com/pics/barbary/onboard5.jpg

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