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Mikelly    115

Ross was a few years younger than me I think.  I'm 46.

 

Ross and I struck up our friendship here, and chatted offline about a lot of things once he started actually formulating the business that would become Modern Motorsports LLC.  Ross wanted to take the control arm design I had and make it better, and I wanted out of the parts making business, so it was a natural transition for Ross to make his new business venture incorporate his idea of the perfect (and better) control arm for the masses.  We chatted about a number of things over the years, including the inner workings of this site, the state of the Datsun Zcar community, vendor support, and life in general. 

 

As life happens, people drift away from contact and get on with other aspects of life, and Ross and I didn't chat for a few years, until I needed stops for my CV axles and a few other small parts.  I got them within weeks of ordering without issue and Ross sent a note to make sure I got them and they were acceptable.  All his parts always were... Two months later I ordered more parts and had the same results, except this time with a call to ask me about the rear diff setup.  Ross wanted to know where I had gotten a differential mount because it wasn't his!!  We had a good laugh, and he was quick to remind me he could have supplied the part.  Ross had an eye for details like that.

 

Ross changed the Zcar community.  He gave us alternatives to the minimal other vendors, and his parts were designed to really stand up to the abuses some of our cars are capable of putting those parts through.

 

How old was Ross?  Sad to hear going that fast.

 

Getting older, life seems a whole lot different nowdays..  and thats OK.

 

Tom

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johnc    724

I spent a lot of time with Ross on the phone talking about ideas for various products, some of which became items in his product line.  We referred customers to each others often.  I also spent a week in Florida with him and Ken Jones helping Ken setup his supercharged 280Z - some of which made into a SportZ article.  We all got hot laps on a 1/2 mile paved oval in Ken's 280Z before the track owner showed up and tossed us out because we were not driving a real race car.  He put a lot of thought into his products and was a good guy to work with.  His illness impacted his business towards the end but getting healthy is more important then a business.

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dat240zg    15

Oh, man!  I'm off the site for a couple months and this happens!  Ross always went the extra mile for me.  He was one of those guys who didn't mind answering questions that I'm sure for him were basic but for me might as well have been nuclear science.  Like Mike, he'd call me up after an order just to make sure that there were no hangups at the border, etc.

 

Life is precious (and fleeting).  We'll be praying for the Corrigans tonight! 

 

Bryan

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deja    121
This is such sad news. He was responsive and supportive in all my dealings with him. I have many of Ross's parts on my 280Z and each and every one worked perfectly. His contributions and inovations to our Z community will live on he will be greatly missed.

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Drax240z    561

Ross had just turned 41 years old when he passed.

 

I've been checked out of the Z community for a while, but just came across this news... and it hit me like a ton of bricks. In my early Z days 15+ years ago, Ross and I happened to be living in the same city. We corresponded a lot before there was a MML, tossing around ideas on parts or builds much like many of you did with him. Ross was a true gearhead at heart. We also shared the experience of both being engineers in the real world. Over the years Ross and I would cross paths at various autocross and car show events in the area, and occasionally we'd phone and catch up. Ross could talk your ear off! :)

 

I learned at the time that Ross had already recovered from a form of cancer in his late 20's. We talked at length about ways to make the Z quiet and retain power, as one of the side effects of his previous sickness and treatments was an acute sensitivity to certain pitches and sounds. Ross never saw this as a problem, it was merely a challenge to overcome. We moved on to other projects and products, some of which he sold for years.

 

Ross has touched so many in the Z community, and just about every Datsun person in this area knew Ross or knew of him. Everyone had time for him. He left a positive impression with all those he met. He was just a great guy all around.

 

Its been a few years since he and I talked at length... I always expected he and I would cross paths at a local event soon, and grab a beer and catch up. I'm deeply saddened that won't happen.

 

Frank, I am terribly sorry for your loss, as a parent myself I cannot imagine your grief. You raised one hell of a son.

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dreco    14

My condolences to the Family.   Very sad news to find this out today.  I went to his website this morning and looked here for answers.   I purchased his rear brake kit many years ago, but he always treated me as if I was his best customer.  He will be missed.

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