TERRIBLE NEWS - PAUL MUMFORD - PLANE CRASH?

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  1. phiebert

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    Re: Thanks for the small time we spent together-

    Condolences to PMUM's (as we knew him) family and friends from all of us in the Canadian Viper community too. His joy of life and rise in the racing ranks was envied by many of us and his influence stretched around the world! We are deeply sorry to hear about his tragedy but we are honored to be part of a group that had Paul in it.
     
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    Re: Thanks for the small time we spent together-

    I'm so incredibly sad.
    I spent the day with Erik and the Schleys and will never forget the empty looks, like the fire went out.
    I'll never forget how Paul touched our lives and those of so many others in such a good way.
    I'll never forget Paul getting out of the right seat of my RT/10 after living through 2 of my spins at the CA Speedway saying "why do they do this to me? I'm never riding with anyone again." (He always did though.)
    I'll never forget him congratulating me on my first win in an RSR saying I did a great job (even though the only other car I raced against had mechanical trouble and all I had to do was finish)
    I'll never forget the smile he always had....the one that clearly showed his contentment. You could just feel how happy he was. Always.
    I am so sad and I already miss him.
     
  4. BigsViper

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    Too sad for words. The short time I spent with him and the many emails and smack jousts reflect what a great guy he was, and what a tragic loss this is. My prayers and God's blessings be with him and his.
     
  5. VOI9 ASP

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    We will all miss Paul and now can only dream of where he would have taken the Comp Coupe Viper in future races. I met him at Buttonwillow. He seemed like a great person and was a fantastic driver.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
     
  6. Bonkers

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    Re: Thanks for the small time we spent together-

    If I could afford to take of work I would be there in a second. It felt so good to see someone who actually loved Vipers actually kick-azz on the track, especially against the corporate teams.

    I even told my fiance a few weeks back (during the Laguna Seca race) that I hoped he'd be at the VOI8 AutoX so I could finally see what it would be like to get whipped by a pro.

    Vipernation lost one of its greatest champions...
     
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    I feel such a loss, and I only knew Paul from some of the forums that he visited. He was one of the kings of smack. His sense of humor and quick wit gave me many laughs, and his driving made me proud to be part of the Viper Family. My prayers are with his family and friends, as well the family and friends of Chris.
     
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    What a bummer.God bless
     
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    Paul-Rest in peace, man.

    My condolences to the family.
     
  10. Frank 03SRT

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    When I first got interested in Vipers about 3 years back, I visited Woodhouse. Had never seen a Viper close enough to touch, but had been reading the forum for a month or two. Mumford was always on the board, and he was one witty person.

    Strolling through the group of Vipers on the Woodhouse lot was one with a sticker on it saying "Paul Mumford." The wife and I were so impressed --- we felt we were in the presence of celebrity. Even talked to Bill about the name, wondering what kind of guy he was and how neat it was to know he bought his cars from Bill. It all seems so unreal now.
     
  11. H8TOW8

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    God Bless to Paul and his family ....
     
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    We\'ve lost a great man.

    I have not been on this board for quite some time. Paul, Tenney, Chris (KidGTS)and I used to run good spirited smack (non stop). We were known as "The Usual Suspects". Soon to follow was the young man from Texas (BP). Although I have since sold both of my Vipers and moved on I remained a close friend of Paul's. I had dinner with him just last week when he flew into Arizona. We laughed like high school kids, talked about his future plans, and updated each other on whatever we had missed in the last couple of weeks. I cannot begin to tell you how I feel as there is an emptiness in my life that feels as though it may never be filled....

    Anybody that has had the pleasure of calling Paul a friend would have nothing but endless accolades for him. Paul was one of the most gifted, likeable guys on the planet and he will be missed. Paul never “placed a wheel wrong” on the track or in life. There are people you want in your life and there are those that you need in your life. You’ll find that all of us that knew Paul would agree that he was somebody we needed in our lives. My sincerest condolences go out to his family for their terrible loss.

    There is no way to replace Paul, and he will always be on my mind. God bless him.

    Brett Mayes
     
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    Our time here is always too short.
    It's terrible when you hear news of the death of someone you've come to know even if it's only by the things they've posted on a forum like this.

    Pauls death will leave a void in the Viper community.
    He touched enough lives directly and indirectly that he will be remember for a long time.

    Our hearts and blessings go out to the friends and family members.
     
  14. Johnbennett

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    Unfortunately, this sad, sad news is true. I first heard the news on Thursday from our So Cal Viper Club secretary/treasurer Melanie Baxter. The story about the crash appears in today's Orange County Register, Local section, page 7. The headline: "Two O.C. men identified as victims of plane crash." The article includes a picture of Paul taken recently, with his wonderful, winning smile.

    Paul was flying his private plane from Southern California to Oakland to attend the baseball playoff game with his friend, Chris Premer of Costa Mesa. Shortly after their take-off from Corona Airport, Paul radioed air-traffic control to report a fire on the plane. Paul tried to land at Chino Airport but the plane went down about 3:40 pm.

    Our So Cal chapter is trying to find out more news regarding the memorial service.
     
  15. Larry Macedo

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    I met Paul once @ Viper Days and would watch him run incredible laps times, but never really got to know the man personally. I know Brett Mayes from speaking to him from time to time and would have a good laugh when those guys would go at it on these boards with their outrageous banter. But, after reading through your messages, I feel that I've been cheated somehow from not knowing someone of such excellence. Actually, reading what is written here makes me want to be just like Paul, liked and admired by all. I guess the only comfort we can have in a time like this is to believe Paul's in a better place and his legacy is for us to strive to be better people. Our thoughts are with Paul's family and friends.

    Larry Macedo and Family
     
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    Re: Thanks for the small time we spent together-

    I just met Paul for the first time about two weeks ago after the Silver State Classic. Paul had sent me pics of his Sapphire ACR while I was waiting for mine to arrive a couple years ago.

    What a great guy! My prayers go out to his family.
     
  17. Jay Herbert

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    My prayers go out to Paul's family and friends. He was a truely wonderful person.

    Paul will be missed greatly around the Viper community and the VCA Forums. "Mumsmack" was a fixture around here who excelled due to his rare combination of extremely high integrity and intelligence.

    PMUM listed "Giving Adelberg Beat-Downs" as his hobby in his profile... Gonna miss his wry sence of humor.

    He always enjoyed a lively discussion, but know exactly where the line was... a true artist of the english language.

    Paul was a great person to bounce ideas off, he always gave well artiuculated and well thought out answers. I've always loved the way he promoted driving schools to new Viper owners.

    Paul posted this a few weeks ago, and It says a lot about the type of person he was:

    I just wanted to publically thank everybody at PVO for helping us win this weekend at Laguna. I asked for a couple of small parts changes to make the car more competitive at Laguna and they reallly came through. Peter Ford showed up with a new electric fan that pulled at least 13 pounds out of the nose of the car and the aero guy, John B (have no idea how to spell his last name) AKA Brusty did an amazing job of designing an addition to the splitter to give us some downforce up front to deal with the understeer of the 275 fronts. The very first lap I tried the new splitter pieces I dropped a full second per lap and I know Mike McCann did the same. I also picked the brain of Matt (suspension guy at PVO) for a long, long time on the phone regarding spring choices to allow the car to cope with the tire package.

    I wrung that car out for everything it was worth and after 28 laps I only won by .7 seconds and there's absolutely no way we'd have been even close to a podium if it weren't for the ongoing development of that car.

    I really don't know who at Dodge to specifically thank, but anybody thinking of getting a Dodge can rest assured that Eric Peterson and John Fernandes are VERY committed to winning as are the whole team of engineers at PVO.

    And he posted this after the Road America event:

    Thanks a lot for the encouragement I've received from everybody. I actually didn't get to see much of the crash, but knew it would happen as I had just made the pass into 3rd just before it all went down. I saw that McClure wasn't getting out of the gas and knew it would end ugly. I just got to see a ton of parts flying in my mirror. I didn't know who had hit whom, but was actually disappointed because I didn't want another yellow because I was pretty confident I'd be able to pass Galati (did it before the first yellow, but kept missing 3rd gear with all of the excitement).

    I was pretty excited about being in 3rd until I came back around and saw that both of the McCann cars and Woodhouse's car were totally smashed up out of the 5 cars involved. It put a huge damper on the whole race because they were running great and there was literally nothing they could've done to avoid McClure's overexuberance. If McClure hadn't made that move, there would've been 4 Comp Coupes in the top 10 which is pretty impressive. Luckily everybody was fine (McClure went to hospital but only had a concussion), it's a shame that out of the 6 Comp Coupes that showed up 4 of them went home half destroyed. Hopefully, Dodge will do the right thing and help them put their cars back together at a reasonable cost after they showed everybody just how formidable the Comp Coupe is. Keep in mind, the Comp Coupe you buy straight from Dodge can put up a quicker lap time the day you buy it than a World Challenge spec Comp Coupe can. Anybody on the fence should get in before the multi-million dollar teams realize they only need to spend $130K.

    Oh yeah, and a couple of people were speculating where I came up with #23. No, it wasn't influenced by Michael Jordan...after some guy apparently jacked my #27 earlier in the season, I had to lay props to my racing legend....Johnny Yuma!!!

    His priorities were right.
    GodSpeed Paul.
     
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    Being new to the Viper community, I never got to know Paul, but I am humbled by the respect and love pouring so freely from so many. He must have been a truly fine man and my deepest regrets to his family. His race footage at Laguna Seca is the only protected recording on my pvr disk, and it truly sad that there will be no more.
     
  19. viper GTS-R

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    This extremely sucks beyond [******].It really does because I remember watching that race he won and getting all excited to see the viper win again.So I went on the computer right after the race to see if there was a way to congratulate him.I guess I'll have to look at the sky and say "thanks Paul,Thanks for the win.You've made the viper community proud..." :(

    Ron
     
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    #23 has another legend now. I couldn't find the series anywhere on Australian TV, so I was trying to figure out if I could put in a dish and pick it up off a west coast satellite somehow. I enjoyed reading about Paul's racing so much. Privateer, Viper, rookie year, used to race bikes and a great guy whose posts I had read. I wanted to watch a guy doing it the way I wanted to do it, but he had the talent to go all the way (unlike me!). This news made me so sad for days now. My condolences to his family, girlfriend and friends.
     
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    Very sad to hear of this. Watched his winning Speed GT race a couple of weeks ago and saw his interview...impressed me as one of those guys that everyone likes. At least he got his victory and was happy...rest in peace. Reminds me of Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison.
     
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    Paul I hope you are still winning and in a better place.God Bless.
     
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    I just got back from some time off and heard about this terrible news. I am flabbergasted. My God, what a terrible loss of not only a great driver but a truly great person. I just can't understand this. My heart goes out to his family and close friends. Beyond his abilities on the track, he was just a great person. When I first got my Viper, he was always willing to answer any of my rookie questions. He was always willing to help. To Ron, Brett, John, Ken and everyone close to Paul, I am so sorry and my prayers are with you all as well. He will be missed.
     
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    It took me some time to swim through all the emotions I felt last week in order to gather my thoughts on the loss of my friend Paul. Last Saturday I was fortunate to gather with some good friends in celebration of his life...I shared these thoughts with them and wish to do the same for those of you that were unable to join us...

    On Wednesday, we all lost a great friend! Paul was a man with whom I shared many of lifes'joyful experiences and discussed some of lifes' hurtles.

    We met due to a mutual passion for Vipers, which turned into a wonderfully competative rivalry over a Viper Days trophy that Skip Thomas was able to convince us was worth the steep entry fee. This intensity fueled us to bring our “A-Game” and forced us to constantly improve. No matter how much better a driver I had convinced myself I’d become, Paul just seemed to far surpass my best efforts. Everyone knew he met his competition head on and surpassed it while setting a new standard. At the track we no longer said, “what is your best lap time”, but , “Yeah, that’s good but how does it compare to Mumford”?

    We all know Mumford had a crafty way with words, and enjoyed his “mumfordisms.” When he wasn’t “layin wood” to me at the track it was on the messege boards in our “smack talking” banter. Bill Pemberton once told me that people asked if Mumford and I hated each other. Of course he would say, “NO! they are great friends, just having fun….”

    We are all aware of the increadable achievements Paul has made at the track over the years, and in recent months, he further demonstrated his skill with a third place in his very first Pro World Challenge race after qualifying in 22nd position, and a 1st place in his second race. It goes without saying that he was well on his way to “shock and awe” in this elite group of world class drivers.

    Now I know that some of you may disagree with me on this point, but I feel that there is so much more to a man that what he can achieve on a track or in his office. I, for one, have always believed that success is measured by how you impact and contribute to your environment and to the lives of the people that surround you. In my mind Paul's wealth was in his achievement of this goal! Not only was he an enormously generous person, but he went out of his way to express his support and to offer his help. I have never met anyone who could ever say anything bad about Paul. Even people who met him only once, were taken by his genuine nature.

    Millions of people work and spend an entire lifetime trying to live a tenth of the life that Paul was able to experience. In his short time on earth, he lived each moment to the fullest. If he wanted something, he set a goal and rapidly surpassed his and everyone elses expectations.

    I know my life will forever lack something without him in it to egg me on. But he is here in my heart and I will hear his voice in my mind whenever I look at a car or come after one of you guys on the race track. To Paul I pledge to do only what he would have wanted me to as I am sure will all of you the next time we meet on the track.
     
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    Well said Ken and every bit true. He was a true "giver". We had a track day today with OTR and it was dedicated to Paul's memory, he ran with this club a few times and many remember him fondly.
     
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    Idk what to say, I'n not a Viper owner, I'm a 18 year old kid who owns a Mustang, and dreams everyday of owning a Viper someday...only on the extreme rare occasion i post but ive been reading these forums for some time and have always been amazed at the guy named PMUM...obviously his skills speak for themselves...he was an ambassabor for the Viper community to say the least. Ive read last years Sport Compact Car articles on his ACR a million times...the picture of him unleashing his "gross display of horsepower" was my desktop backround for months, and actually a picture of his Comp Coupe at Laguna is my current backround....while i never got to know him, or meet him like many of you have, i DO know what it is like to lose someone so close, that it feels like part of yourself has gone with him. I dont want to come here and sound like I knew the man personally because that would be an insult to all of you, who truly were his close friends. But i felt i needed to share my sorrow for someone with such great talent and obviously was just a plain amazing person...

    Heres to you PMUM, may you hit all the apexs on the way to heaven!

    RIP Paul Mumford
     
  27. luc

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    Vipernxr4ti,

    You don't need to have a Viper nor to be "older" (BTW, for an 18 year old kid, as you say, your post show a lot of maturity) to express your feeling regarding Paul.

    The exact fact that you didn't knew Paul but feel sorrow goes to show how an extraordinary human being Paul was.

    I hope that you wish of being a Viper owner will be realized soon and you will be a great asset to the viper comunity.

    Thanks for sharing your feeling about Paul.

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    Impressively articulated Vipernxr4ti.... Well done.

    Someone give the kid a Viper!
     
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    Thanks guys, I've always felt slightly out of place posting on these forums, mainly because I dont want to come across as some dork 18 year old kid posting about Vipers when i dont even have one. And i still sorta feel out of place even in posting before, because I dont want to make it seem like I just posted that to go along with what others posted.
     
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    Vipernxr4ti....you have a lot of class. Let me know when you come to Huntington Beach; you can ride with me anytime.
     

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