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 Posted: Monday Nov 2nd, 2015 06:28 PM
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T. Michael
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Chuck suddenly passed away on October 21st. We are asking that family and friends come to say their final good byes on what would have been his birthday. Following the funeral service we will be providing a lunch spread.
If you can think of someone who is not on this invite please feel free to add them.
Thank you.

I'm sure Chuck would get a kick out of FB helping to plan a memorial service for him.



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 Posted: Friday Nov 6th, 2015 01:16 PM
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Glad to see such a large turn out for the service yesterday, Chuck would have been pleased and knowing him as the shy guy he was, he probably would have been a bit embarrassed, pleasantly so.

In life, there are people you race with and then there are people you live racing with. Chuck Harring was one of those kind of people to me. We developed a very special bond about 40 years ago at a little dirt track on top of the hill in Monroe when we first met. Even though Chuck was younger than me at the time, (he eventually caught up) he had way more racing savvy than I did do to his growing up with a Dad that was the care taker of the old Aurora Speedway. He virtually crawled the boards of “The Speedway”.  
 
For some unknown reason this shy introvert took a liking to me. Between me, Loren Day, and Chuck Harring, we shared so many good racing times that we would have taken all of the time allotted to remember Chuck had we ever got started at his service. The three of us were what you cal “also runs”. We ran on a shoe string budget and we ran for the pure love of racing a hand made car built with our own two hands. We really did not care who won the race, but always shared our post race experiences and were only concerned with why each of us did not finish ahead of the other. We just raced each other and it did not matter where we finished in the pack.
 
We had more fun laughing about our trials and tribulations than celebrating in victory lane. Times like Chuck not finishing an IDC race at Spanaway Speedway because of a loose steering box mount and every time he would try to turn the steering wheel the box would move up or down in his lap and the wheels would not turn.
 
Another time he told me he could not start the main because the starter was out in his car. I said get in, we have push trucks. He said no, the starter flew clear out of the car and he had to go find it. It was the only one he had.
 
Chuck worked for Boeings as an interior designer for airplane reconfiguring. He loved hot rods as much as I do. I believe Chuck was the original Rat Rod inventor. He had a neat little ’56 ford pick up that he tinkered with, paint and such. The motor was stock but ran good. He lowered it. No big money items. Like me he had a phobia about spending money on stuff you could scrounge or make. Well, he lived near by in Mountlake Terrace and ever so often after he quit racing he would show up at my house to show off his latest street creation. First was what he had done to the five six, then he showed up in an early Ford pick up (maybe a ’35) then an early Ford 2 door sedan. None were anything real special; just Chuck and Mike kind of cars. Finally I asked Chuck, where do you find time to put so many different cars together and keep them running? He said, “Oh, they are not different cars. They are just different bodies on my old ’56 truck chassis”. That was Chuck.
 
Yesterday was his life celebration memorial funeral service and would have been his birthday celebration also. It was as good as a service of this type could be. Chuck left us wanting to look for the good things in life and not dwell on the bad. Waiting on beautiful dreams to come true is like waiting on a heart break. If you have a chassis that runs and a body that you like, just put them together and cruise in style brother; live is about the moment.
 
Gone so sudden. I wish I would have had a chance to say good-bye, but I know it is better this way.



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 Posted: Monday Oct 31st, 2016 06:18 AM
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Hard to believe it was one year ago. The one good thing that has happened in the year was that Joe Lyon Sr. was able to get his Dad's old Sky Valley Modified out of Chuck's collection. I think Chuck would be pleased at the effort being put into restoring it.



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