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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/14/14 9:18 a.m.

Wish I had heard this earlier: John Haas, Challenger, messageboarder, car guy, passed away in October. This piece paints a nice photo: http://www.metropulse.com/news/2013/nov/13/remembering-jon-haas-imaginative-developer-who-mad/

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/14/14 9:19 a.m.

Pic of John:

mndsm UltimaDork
1/14/14 9:21 a.m.

O_O Wow.... that's a shock...

1988RedT2 PowerDork
1/14/14 9:25 a.m.


turboswede UltimaDork
1/14/14 9:25 a.m.

I'm dumbfounded. Amazing what he accomplished in such a short time. RIP Haas...

Nashco UberDork
1/14/14 9:30 a.m.

Bummer. It's been on my list to visit his bar if I get within spitting range for years. He was holding the Evil Alliance trophy hostage since 2008 (IIRC) and I'd hoped to bring it back to the $20xx tradition. Unfortunately, I never got to meet him.

Rest in peace.


yamaha PowerDork
1/14/14 9:31 a.m.

This is what I always worry about when board members go silent. RIP Jon.

Rusted_Busted_Spit UltraDork
1/14/14 9:32 a.m.

Wow. RIP John and my condolences to his wife and kids.

Toyman01 UltimaDork
1/14/14 9:32 a.m.

Wow, that sucks.

Young too.

RIP Dude. Have fun at the Challenge in the sky.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/14/14 9:34 a.m.

I know, I think all of us at the office who knew him are a bit stunned, too.

Duke UltimaDork
1/14/14 9:34 a.m.

Man, what a shame. I noticed his absence one time but really didn't think anything of it. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

[EDIT] Having read through that, I continue to be dumbfounded by the amount of stuff some people manage to accomplish. I wish I could have done a quarter of what he has, and I am 10 years older.

westsidetalon Reader
1/14/14 9:40 a.m.

Amazing dude for sure, never knew how huge his drive/ambitions were. Always wanted to go to the barcade. Damn he will be missed. Great guy, RIP.

dyintorace UberDork
1/14/14 9:45 a.m.

Very sorry to see this. My most unique barter transaction was thanks to Jon. I had a T56 for an LT-1 that he wanted for one of his many projects. He traded me a super nice new Bosch dishwasher for it. I still get a kick from telling folks I traded a transmission for a dishwasher.


PeterAK Dork
1/14/14 9:46 a.m.

Wow. He'll be missed.

Giant Purple Snorklewacker
Giant Purple Snorklewacker MegaDork
1/14/14 9:46 a.m.


Luke UberDork
1/14/14 9:47 a.m.

Oof, that's awful

RIP, man.

Javelin MegaDork
1/14/14 9:52 a.m.

I've tried a few times to write a post, and words just can't convey the feelings. His family will be in my thoughts. RIP

Ransom UberDork
1/14/14 9:59 a.m.

Wishing the best for his family and friends...

dculberson UltraDork
1/14/14 10:27 a.m.

Too young by half. He'll be missed for sure.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/14/14 10:33 a.m.

And here's his $2007 Challenge car. Way cool doesn't even behind to describe it: http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/articles/forty-niner/

MadScientistMatt UltraDork
1/14/14 10:44 a.m.

That's sad. I had no idea he was gone.

evildky Dork
1/14/14 10:49 a.m.

Awesome guy, RIP.

MrJoshua PowerDork
1/14/14 10:57 a.m.

Wow. :(

JohnRW1621 UltimaDork
1/14/14 11:07 a.m.

I too was thinking Wow.
Wow, he's gone.
Wow, he accomplished a lot.
Wow, I would liked to have met him.

Woody MegaDork
1/14/14 11:22 a.m.

Damn, he was one of those guys who's threads I would read just because it was from him. Always something interesting there.

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