Bidding a Fond Farewell

John Haas, a friend of many magazine staff, passed away from a brain tumor on October 29, 2013.

We’re sad to learn much too late that John Haas passed away on October 29, 2013 at the age of 39, after battling a brain tumor for two years. We’ve known John Haas for quite some time. He was a regular on our message board and competed in our $2000 Challenge, but was also something of a Knoxville, Tenn.-area character.

He built many a resto-mod, including the stunner he brought to the Challenge: a 1949 Chevy coupe plopped on top of a ‘94 Caprice police interceptor chassis. We featured his car in our magazine and on our website. “The discussion about our $2000 Challenge often centers on the cars when, in fact, it’s the people who make these events so cool,” says Grassroots Motorsports Managing Editor David Wallens. “Like Andrew Nelson, Pat Culkin and so many others, John Haas didn’t let a budget constraint get in his way. In fact, building something so cool for so little money only seemed to fire him up even more. It’s like it was his way of sticking it to the man.”

Haas leaves behind his wife Kara and three children: 8-year-old Ethan, 7-year-old Riley, and 4-year-old Indie. Join our message board in remembering his legacy: http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/grm/remembering-jhaas/77384/page1/

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