James A. Warren April 14, 1937 - May 16, 2011 Local Racing Legend and NHRA Hall of Famer James Warren passed away May 16, 2011 after a brief battle with pneumonia. James was a member of the legendary racing team of Warren, Coburn and Miller, which were better known as the Ridge Route Terrors. The team was sponsored by Rain For Rent, who also employed James, and he later retired with over 40 years of service. Wheelman Warren, tuner Coburn, and sponsor and partner Marvin Miller, hailed from Bakersfield, and had to make a three-hour tow over the San Gabriel Mountains on Highway 99 -- the famed Ridge Route -- to reach the mecca of Southern California drag strips, which earned them the nickname "The Ridge Route Terrors." There are stories of other teams having spotters stationed at the end of the route to see which freeway the Terrors would take and what their destination might be so that the other teams could quickly head off to a different track, as far away from them as possible. James loved life and enjoyed the thrill of racing right up to the end. When he left this world he took a piece of everyone's heart with him and he will be truly missed by his family, friends, and fans. James is survived by his spouse Juanita, son Rick Ramay and daughter in law Teresa, daughter Cindie and son in law John Webb, and siblings Larry, Rick, Howard, Carol, Karen, and Pat. Brother in laws Larry and Bob, sister in law Jewel, and many family and friends. James was preceded in death by his parents and brother in law Roger Coburn who was also his long time racing partner. A viewing will be held Friday, May 20, 2011, with graveside services on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 2:00pm, at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, 93306. www.bakersfield.com/obits
This obituary was originally published in the Bakersfield Californian.
Published online on May 19, 2011 courtesy of Bakersfield Californian.