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#1 Turbo590

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 12:35 PM

Last Saturday (4/27/2013)...was more than I could ever digest in a single day...the wife and I took a 3 hour trip to Transfer, PA right outside of the Ohio border...for an "estate" sale...I knew it had some significance...but how much?? Did not really know until I got there....as a kid growing up...and with the family in the trucking business...one of the main publications we received was the "Owner Operator" magazine...one special piece to me always stood out...and I am sure to many...was Lou Kroack's Table Top Trucking column...this was "Lou's" house I was now standing in...his basement, his store shop..his modeling room...Lou passed away back in December 2012...his wife Corene is now living in Scottsdale, AZ with the oldest son...although many of his models were long gone...I was able to obtain some model trucking photo archives, hand written letters/notes..etc...pictures hanging on Lou's shop walls...etc. I wasn't able to get everything I wanted...but was pretty happy..then the big moment...I was introduced to Lou's sister in law Patty...married to Lou's brother Ed...who passed away 6 years ago...we talked...I told her what my passion was for the hobby..and she said...who you like some of Lou's old pictures..that he kept for himself...what was I suppose to say...later on in the evening, the wife and I drove over to her home...and she pulled out the albums...my jaw dropped...Over the past several days...I set up a FOTKI album (with a link)..over at my site...broken down in categories...for all those to see and view...there are pictures from 1970, that should be in the model car/truck museum...I hope all of you will enjoy..as I enjoyed that Saturday... I also met a friend of Lou's...that he knew for over 25 years....Kurt

 

http://public.fotki....ck-in-memorial/

 


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 02:18 PM

Kurt, Thanks for sharing your photos with us. I really enjoyed them and love Lou models. Glad you had such an awsome experience on your trip. Lou had a great collection of models and was a great builder. Thanks again.

 

Doug 



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 02:20 PM

Cool! I will definitely have to look through the photos!!!



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:28 AM

Super I haven't seen many of those pictures since they were in Owner Operator mag and the old Auto world catalogs in the 70s. Lou was one of my inspirations to build.



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 02:36 PM

Thanks for the  Memories  of  Lou    I  remember him as a  boy   growing up and went to  school with  his  son  I would  visit  Lou  just to  see his  builds   of   big rigs  . Lou  lived  down the road  from me  and   My  family  knew   all of his  family   Being   Transfer is a  small  town . When I  wentinto the  service and  returned from Nam  I made it a  point to   go  visit  Lou. I  always wished I  could have   gottena  copy of his  book  he   wrote .   I  dought   his sister in Law  would  remember  me or my   family  .   I also   just  had heard about Lou's  passing



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 04:04 PM

Wow, great story, and even better to hear you're sharing all those pics with everyone.  :)



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 04:48 PM

Thanks for sharing Kurt I actually thought Lou passed away some time time ago. He was a hero and inspiration as I grew up. He has many model at the Mack museum in Allentown Pa. I missed you at NNL East hope to see you at macungie or at the September showdown.

Vince

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 10:00 PM

I didnt know till now about this sad passing , didnt he also write for scale auto mag many moons ago ?Just finished lookin at the photo's , very good thanks for sharing them .

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:05 PM

Kurt, Thanks for post,and I will have to check out the pic. I guess I'am a lucky person as I have his book,and he signed it,and sent me a ink pen that I still have from the late 70's.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:11 AM

thank you for sharing his memories.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:43 AM

Lou Kroack authored one of the first books on model trucking, "Collecting & Building Model Trucks," a rarity if you can find it. His models were frequently featured in Auto World's catalogue. A heartfelt thanks to Lou and Phil Jensen who did so much to boost scale trucking.



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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:56 AM

I live about 30 miles from Lou's shop and i remember his is the first place i saw the other model mag. and the first cars i bought were the Reher and Morrison and Bob Glidden Pro Stocks and the 69 Super Bee and T/A challenger . i also bought the Revell Peterbuilt and Kenworth models also from him and his wife. Very nice people . Always wanted tio go back and see if they were still there.

Thanks for the memories all good ones

 

 

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:35 AM

His columns were a big influence on my early model building.  RIP to Lou and thanks to you for sharing this great find.



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:39 PM

Awesome photo's he sure did have a lot there