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#1 MadeInSweden Posted 05 March 2012 - 03:41 PM

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One of my best friends died early this morning from a heart attack. Matti Hakala was one of the best car tuners in Sweden and the whole of Europe. Has built numerous WRC rally cars and many many street cars from the 70's up to yesterday. He was my personal mechanic and built all my cars the last 8 years. He was almost like a dad for me and I miss him so much already.

He leaves behind a son, Martin Hakala 30 years old, a sister and an older brother Olavi.

We had a memorial tonight to show support for his brother and son who also are close to me.

Take care of each other out there, life is so precious.

R I P Matti Hakala, 1954 - 2012 :'(


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#2 kcee91 Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:01 PM

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My condolences bro.



#3 TODGTR Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:12 PM

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Sorry for your loss.  RIP



#4 GTB/ZR-1 Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:20 PM

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Sorry for your loss--so young... RIP


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#5 vanos Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:24 PM

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#6 Dave@GotboostPerformance Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:41 PM

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Sorry for your loss. Life is too short for some.....58 is too early to go.


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#7 polivoks Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:58 PM

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Sorry for your loss, RIP Matti


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#8 K-MAN Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:53 PM

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Sorry for your loss.



#9 AMGfan Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:51 PM

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RIP...bless his family and his friends he left behind.

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#10 timsanders Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:53 PM

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#11 Keller Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:10 PM

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RIP Mr. Hakala


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#12 MadeInSweden Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:47 AM

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Thanks for your support. Me, a 37 yo grown man spent the entire trip to work crying. It's so hard to comprehend.. :(


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#13 Skyliner Posted 06 March 2012 - 02:22 AM

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R. I. P. Matti Hakala



#14 1Alex Posted 06 March 2012 - 02:27 AM

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Sincerest condolences. May he rest in peace.



#15 max_R35 Posted 06 March 2012 - 05:31 AM

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May he Rest In Peace


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#16 MadeInSweden Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:16 PM

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Today me, a couple of his closest friends and family took farewell of Matti. I broke down completely.. Awaiting date for the funeral. All practical things coming up... 30+ years of things gathered in a big speed shop. I'm in complete pain now. I will make the trip with my GT-R and friends to Nurburgring early next month. "Matti Hakala memorial run".  Matti build the very first BTCC Volvo 850 Estate along with many many other cool stuff. We are putting together a page on Facebook dedicated to him. I'll let you know when it's up.

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#17 Rory@SPE Posted 06 March 2012 - 02:05 PM

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RIP. Sorry for your loss. Condolences to family and friends.

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#18 ALPHA Performance Posted 06 March 2012 - 04:46 PM

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Rest in peace and may your spirit live forever Matti.

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#19 MadeInSweden Posted 07 March 2012 - 02:15 AM

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View PostAMS, on 06 March 2012 - 04:46 PM, said:

Rest in peace and may your spirit live forever Matti.

Eric

Thanks Eric! Not sure if you know but Matti did actually build a 665awhp Mitsubishi Evo6 TME in 2008. Well built car with excellent parts :)


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#20 ALPHA Performance Posted 07 March 2012 - 03:55 PM

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That's awesome, it sounds like the world lost a great man.

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  • World's First Nissan R35 GT-R in the 9's, 8's AND THE 7's!!!!!!!
  • Worlds Quickest Standing Mile GT-R -Yuri's ALPHA 12- 22.0 seconds @ 240.1 mph!


Rest in peace Dad. Joseph Gaudi 9/20/1950 - 2/27/2012



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