Edwin "Ed"-Mabry -Obituary

Edwin "Ed" Meade Mabry

Aug 26, 1932 - May 13, 2011

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I was out in the my garage that I keep the GTO in and saw the picture we had taken on Ed on The Salt standing
behind his bike and our roadster (that we bought from Ed and his partner at the time) and it brought back some really good memories. Ed was one of a kind a really great person and is still missed. Jack 554 F/FR

HI I am a fellow Mabry admirer and do miss this man. I have worshipped TRIUMPH
since I bought my first T110 in Africa in 1956. I now have some 63-70 unit case parts I would like to share with everyone. pete 817-270-0647

I was fortunate enough to have known Ed in the 1969-70 era. We were building the Woodall & Walthall Top Fueler, and it was all Fun. Serious business, but still fun.
We also went "Treasure Hunting" in S. TX, a couple of times.
He was brilliant, and couldnt hide it. I remember a party at his shop, (Arlington), wherein everybody in the Texas Fuel racers group showed up. Quite a night.
We ALL will miss him, for the remainder of our lives.
RIP Ed!!!

It was my great honor to work with Ed on a daily basis for five years back in the 80's. He was my manager and my friend. The last time I saw Ed was when I visited him at his shop in the early 90's, we sat drinking beer and laughing about some of the events we had experienced together in the aviation industry. Some people may not know, so I will say it here; Ed was trained to be a fighter pilot but when he was graduated and had earned his wings, was ready for war, the war suddenly ended and he...

What a great person & personal friend. Although we only were able to visit a few times since meeting Ed around ten years ago, each visit was informative & meaningful. My wife & I could listen to his stories for hours.
I bought his collection of nine Simplex Servi-Cycles from him several years ago. To date, I have added to the collection & have 19 bikes.
I know that everyone that had the privilege of knowing Ed will feel a small piece of their own life missing...

Bought a front engine dragster in 2008, learned that it was built by Ed Mabry in 1969, I am still running this car as he built it except for the roll cage. Never met Ed but wished I had the opportunity. Almost 45 years later his craftsmanship lives on.

Met your son Steve today, nice guy. I never met Ed, but i've admired your work.

Although I never met Big Ed. I am proud to ad his last available Bonneville number to my Land Speed Racing team list. Thanks for being a great mentor. # 607 LIVES on!

Thank you Ed for the enjoyable afternoons spent with you and Kenny at Mabry R&D. Tom and I always enjoyed your company.

Phil Becker and Tom O'Neill
Fuel Bikes Forever


Edwin "Ed"'s Obituary

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- Edwin "Ed" Meade Mabry passed away Friday, May 13, 2011, in Haltom City. Memorial service: 3:30 p.m. Monday in Memorial Park Funeral Services Chapel. Ed was born Aug. 26, 1932, in Gary, Okla., to Loren and Willa Mabry. He was a retired Bell Helicopter engineering manager, machinist, welder, and a race car and bike designer and fabricator. He was a United States Air Force pilot training to fly jet fighters in Korea when that war ended. He was also a thinker, philosopher, humorist and longtime supporter of the North Texas Norton Owners Association and its members. A pioneer in professional drag racing, his milestones include developing safety drag chutes along with Bill Simpson and Jim Diest; and especially developing rear-engine top fuel cars along with his rival and friend Don Garlits. This major design change has saved the lives for countless drivers and paved the way for the four-second ETs and over 300 mph speeds of today's dragsters. Ed was a founding member of the Specialty Equipment Market Association's (SEMA) Chassis Rules Committee in the late '60s. Ed built top fuel and funny car chassis for race teams from the late '50s until the mid-'70s. Ed was inducted into the Texas Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2000 at Texas Raceway. As a result of his many land speed racing accomplishments, Ed was inducted into the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame in Buellton, Calif., in September 2004. Ed's motorcycles have set 15 different world land speed records at Bonneville, Utah. His masterpiece, No. 601, holds class records exceeding 238, 224 and 213 mph and a highest unofficial one-way speed of over 261 mph, at three-quarter throttle! It is the fastest "pushrod" moto

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