Godspeed to Phil Remington
After having the Phil Remington modified at the Grand National Roadster two weeks before (where Phil was praised and respected by many), we found out sad news that Phil passed away on Friday February 8th 2013.
From the The Rodder’s Journal News Letter:
We were saddened by the news that renowned fabricator, engineer, and hot rodder, Phil Remington, passed away last Friday, February 8, in Lake Forest, California. In his 92 years, Phil made immeasurable contributions to the world of motor sports. Remington spent the last 45 years employed at Dan Gurney’s All American Racers.
We were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Phil on the recreation of his lakes modified.Phil started racing on Southern California’s dry lakes as a teenager behind the wheel of a flathead V8-powered ’34 Ford Cabriolet. After serving as a flight engineer in the Army Air Corps during WWII, he returned to the dry lakes in 1946, turning 136 mph in his single-seater Modified.
His mechanical and engineering talent was unmatched, and he was soon called on by a number of the leaders in U.S. auto racing. His list of credits include significant design and engineering contributions to Lance Reventlow’s Scarabs, Carol Shelby’s Cobras, and Ford Motor Company’s Le Mans-winning GT40s. Following a stint on the East Coast helping Holman & Moody land in the winner’s circle at the Daytona 500, Phil joined Dan Gurney’s All American Racers where he worked on everything from Can-Am to Formula One to Indy and GTP racers.
“I don’t know of any 10 people who could come close to accomplishing what Phil was able to accomplish alone,” Dan Webb says. Dan developed a particularly close friendship with Phil during the re-creation of his Lakes Modified, and his respect for him as a person and a hot rodder is obvious. “He was incredibly kind and unassuming. He was the man that was in the back of the room. He never blew his own horn, but he was always thinking of others. Nobody will ever replace him.”
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Remington family as well as his many friends throughout the community of motorsports. Remington is survived by daughter, Kati Blackledge and two grandchildren, Tynan and Brady Blackledge.