“…the C-shit has got me too – a couple of tumors – some serious. Aren’t all tumors serious? I’ve been through the 1st course of treatment and feeling much better, but there’s still a very long race to be run here and the odds aren’t really in my favor.”
That was one of the last emails I received from my friend John. We no longer have the pleasure of shaking his hand and conversing with him at the functions.
He died April 14th from liver cancer complications.
The above photo is one of the last images I have of him. It speaks volumes about his character. His fantastic Emory built ’68 912R just got towed back into the paddock. John opted to risk his personal safety and put car into a wall of tires instead colliding with friend and fellow racer.
Strength to Petey, his wife of 41 years, and their son Eli. There will be a simple gathering to honor John later this year and details will be disclosed at that time. In the meantime, Petey asks:
“…to honor John I encourage you to plan one of your Saturday drives, have a nice meal, and enjoy the day with pleasant memories of John. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to one of John’s favorite charities: The Sonoma Chapter of the Speedway Children’s Charity or the Willows Hospital. Of course you may donate to your charity of choice.”
You will be missed John Thornton.