2/9/2013 - Phil Remington 1921-2013
Santa Ana, CA - Phil Remington, one of motorsport's legendary master craftsmen passed away in his sleep Feb. 9th. He was 92.
In 44 years at Dan Gurney's AAR, nobody remembers Phil missing a day of work. His ability as a fabricator, designer, draftsman, engineer and all around problem solving genius has inspired three generations of racers behind the wheel, at the track or at the shop at home base. A huge number of alumni of the AAR Remington university have gone on to establish their own formidable careers in the motor racing industry.
Born in 1921 in Santa Monica, the cradle of hot rod civilization, Phil served as a flight engineer in the South Pacific in World War II. After the war, he started racing hot rods on the Dry Lakes. A severe motorcycle accident, which almost cost him a leg, finished that career and launched another. Phil found out what he could do with his hands, a hammer and a piece of metal. And he could do it faster and better than anybody else alive.
And so the journey began which took him around the world with the greatest racing teams of the day. He was with Lance Reventlow in Monte Carlo when he ran the first American F1 car, he helped the Ford Shelby Cobra Team win the sports car war against Ferrari, he was in the pits when Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt won Fords greatest victory at Le Mans, he joined Holman and Moody on the Southern Circuit, led an endurance test for Ford Motor Company through hazardous Afghanistan and was at the Speedway when the Gurney Eagles dominated the Indy car scene.
He finally saw Bobby Unser drink that precious bottle of milk when he won the Indy 500 in a car which Rem helped to build at AAR and naturally he was there at the Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring and Watkins Glen when the GTO and GTP Eagles started their winning streaks. More recently, he was part of the Delta Wing program.
Dan Gurney, his boss and friend for more than three decades, called Phil Remington AAR's Rock of Gibraltar. He is a marvel, an old salt, and an inspiration to young and old. I know, it is a cliche, but when they made old Rem, they threw away the mold.
Photo courtesy All American Racers