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Remembering Earl Ma
Race Cars on a Different Scale.

Earl Ma & Jim Dolan at the LBGP,  April 2007 Never a spare moment for Earl. Earl get an autograph from Katherine Legge after hhe interviews her. The 1st annual One18 Racing 2006 Long Beach Grand Prix " Gear Head Gathering " at Patrick Molloy's (left to right: Jim, Earl, Vic, Darryl, & Adrian)
Earl and his good friend, Memo Gidley. "The Unions" 1:18 Ferrari 333 SP Despite doctor's orders, Earl is at the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 next to the #21 Playa Del Racing Dallara Honda, driven by Jaques Lazier, on Sunday, May 27, 2007 Close up - Despite doctor's orders, Earl is at the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 next to the #21 Playa Del Racing Dallara Honda, driven by Jaques Lazier, on Sunday, May 27, 2007
Earl's Memorial Gathering at Phillipe's in Los Angeles - 6/16/2007... (L-R) Victor Varela, Thomas Varela, Jim Dolan, Kim Cooper & J. Eric Freedner. Photo by Maria Varela Earl's Memorial Gathering at Phillipe's in Los Angeles... (L-R) Thomas Varela, Victor Varela, Jim Dolan & Darryl Wong. Photo by Maria Varela Earl's Memorial Gathering at Phillipe's in Los Angeles.  I sign the "The Unions" 1:18 Ferrari 333 SP. Photo by Maria Varela Earl's Memorial Gathering at Phillipe's in Los Angeles.  Jim Dolan signs the "The Unions" 1:18 Ferrari 333 SP. Photo by Maria Varela
Earl's Memorial Gathering at Phillipe's in Los Angeles.  Darryl Wong signs the "The Unions" 1:18 Ferrari 333 SP. Photo by Maria Varela "The Unions" on the Audi R10 TDi during the Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta 10/2/2008. Earl would have loved seeing "The Unions" sticker on this E85 fuel can - Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta 10/2/2008. "The Unions" graces the bonnet of the Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT during the Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta 10/2/2008.
Corvette Racing's Johnny O'Connell holds up "The Unions" sticker to honor Earl during the Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta 10/2/2008. "The Unions" on the bumper of the Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR during the Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta 10/2/2008. "The Unions" on the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP during the Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta 10/2/2008. Audi Sports' Marco Wernerl holds up "The Unions" sticker to honor Earl during the Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta 10/2/2008.
With the redesign of the One18 Racing website, there were many pages and pieces of information that were updated or deleted.  One page that I certainly wanted to update was this tribute page to our late friend, Earl Ma.  A unique and talented person like Earl, deserves to be remembered for who he was and for what he meant to those who knew him.  Although I knew him for only a few number of years, the impact he made on my life is still with me to this day.

Earl Ma passed away in his sleep during the early morning hours of Thursday June 7, 2007, due to complications from his ongoing battle with lung cancer.  To his friends, we have all lost a fellow enthusiast, a talented artist, photographer and writer...   but above all a kind, thoughtful, quirky and eccentric guy we knew as Earl " The Unions" Ma.

I have added several images and links to tribute pages that his friends have created, including a link to a Facebook page titled "Friends of Earl Ma".

- May the straights be long and fast...   and the turns be quick and smooth, as you race up in heaven.

Earl...  I'll miss you buddy.
Earl " The Unions " Ma
1971 - 2007
This was an idea, born of three friends, who wanted to do something for our friend, Earl Ma.

Lovingly created by Gary Pino, with the meticulous decal work of Jim Dolan, this car's initial intent was to do something to help lift our friend's spirits and to give something to a guy who was always giving to all his friends and acquaintances in the racing community.

Sadly, He succumbed to his battle with cancer before the car was completed, so this project instead became a tribute to our friend.

Godspeed, Earl.
My Great Friend: A tribute to Earl Ma by Memo Gidley
The legacy of "The Unions" By Tony Johns