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We’ve Lost Another Legend. RIP Bruce Owen!


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Anyone who was around our hobby and participated in any of the MPC Model Car Customizing Contests, or picked up a copy of Car Model Magazine during the 1970s, will recognize the name of Bruce Owen.  Bruce passed away last week, after a long battle with MS.  I first met Bruce in 1971, when we were both competing in the MPC contest at the Detroit Autorama.  Over the coming years, as a contest organizer, and judge, I had the privilege and honor of examining Bruce’s creations up close and personal with amazement under bright lights and magnifying glass.  The decision to hand Bruce the Best in Show award was usually an easy one since he set a high bar for creativity, and excellence that to this day, few have challenged.  Over the years since the MPC shows, Bruce continued his craft, ultimately being awarded yet another national level “Best in Show” at the 2003 GSL-XIX.  Bruce will not soon be forgotten. 

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I read his family’s post on Facebook last night. Very sad news.

I was in the audience when he won GSL. He was so proud! His family was with him and it was evident it was a highlight of his life. You couldn’t help but be happy for him!

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Sad news indeed.

I had the pleasure of meeting Bruce at one of the MPC finals in Ohama. I also meet him at the GSL he took best in show. His entry was a tour de force of scratch building.

My condolences to his family and friends.

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