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Author Topic: Bob Glidden dead at 73  (Read 929 times)

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Bob Glidden dead at 73
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Re: Bob Glidden dead at 73
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2017, 04:02:03 PM »
My drag racing favorite of all time. His, and the other Fords in Pro Stock were what I followed in the NHRA. He's a true legend, and irreplaceable in my mind. RIP Bob Glidden, RIP.

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Re: Bob Glidden dead at 73
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2017, 04:39:10 PM »
I raced him a couple times in IHRA pro stock in the late 60's and lost big time each time. He was the man to beat in IHRA and NHRA. RIP Bob.
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Re: Bob Glidden dead at 73
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2017, 05:20:03 PM »
This is what I posted at the Studebaker site where I first found out:


As the current owner of a '73 Pinto (turbo, wagon) I am truly saddened by this. More than 40 years ago prior to the Winternational s in Pomona, Irwindale Raceway had what was called "The Winternational Warm-Ups." I remember going out there in my late teens and having idolized Glidden literally stood in front of his car for about 3 hours as he prepped. I think he caught on that I was a star struck teen and occasional would say a little something to me. It was a day I will always remember.  I was also at the '72 Ontario Motor Speedway World Finals for Glidden's first run in Pro Stock where he finished runner up.

Glidden's win record was legendary. And when one found out that he didn't use an engine stand but rather put motors together on a bench or the floor you couldn't help but think he was your "common man" with great success.