Bob Hall passed away

Bob Hall lost his battle with cancer and died on March 8th. He wanted everyone with whom he had associated to know that he was very thankful for the kind words and support they offered during his last months. Above all, he wishes to be remembered...

Bob Hall lost his battle with cancer and died on March 8th. He wanted everyone with whom he had associated to know that he was very thankful for the kind words and support they offered during his last months. Above all, he wishes to be remembered as a person who spent his last years doing the thing he loved most: writing, speaking and experiencing all things automotive.

Bob said he inherited a life-long love of cars from his father, who owned over 300 cars during his lifetime. He started what would become an extensive collection of automotive books, sales literature, ads and magazines while still in elementary school. By the mid-1970s, Bob was an active participant in the collector car hobby. He began his professional writing career in 1973 as a sports stringer for the Baltimore Sun.

While working in various jobs including a stint at the Social Security Administration, Bob continued writing about collector cars for various hobby publications. In 1987 he accepted the associate editor position at Old Cars WeekIy, and before long his work was appearing in publications as diverse as Automobile Magazine, Sports Collector's Digest, Special Interest Autos, Goldmine, Car Collector, Automobile Quarterly, AutoWeek, MOBILIA, Automotive History Review, Baseball Cards Magazine and the Brazilian magazine Autos Antigos.

Bob became a staff writer for "MotorWeek Television" in 1993, also serving as occasional field producer and liaison with various associations. After four years at "MotorWeek," Bob moved west to become publicist for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and later, the Imperial Palace Auto Collection. In conjunction with those duties, he became host of "Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the Air." That show eventually evolved into "All About Cars," the program he hosted until his death. Over the years his writing and radio efforts earned a number of awards from automotive press associations, including three WAPA Golden Quills, of which Bob proudly said, "that was nothing to sniff at."

Besides his duties in Carlisle (including a syndicated newspaper column/ weekly feature on www.carsatcarlisle.com that is called "All About Cars"), Bob traveled extensively to participate in new vehicle launches by the auto manufacturers. He was a veritable fixture at these events and was known to be insatiably curious as well as one who exhibited infectious enthusiasm toward the products. He looked forward to showcasing some of those vehicles on ABC Channel 27 TV in Harrisburg, regularly appearing as the station's "Car Guy."

Those hundreds of thousands who have visited the Carlisle Fairgrounds over the years would recognize Bob's familiar voice as that on the public address system and as the Emcee at celebrity luncheons. Bob was known as having a "steel trap" memory when it came to knowledge about automotive history, sports, music and movies from the "Fred and Ginger" era. Seeing an animal in distress would always bring him to tears.

He will be remembered by those who knew him as a generous, gregarious person who placed more importance on friendship than on material wealth. By that definition he was most certainly a wealthy man who will be sorely missed.

Any contributions to his memory should be directed towards favorite animal welfare organizations. Please direct any inquiries to Les Jackson (ljcarguy@msn.com) to allow Bob's family their privacy at this time.

-lj-

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