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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tanhis wrote:
Is this the place that all the fuss is about link
And are all the cars vw.
Yes and Yes.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tom Tom passed away on January 13th



tkarnold (TomTom)Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 11:56 pm

He was involved with this site and the VW community until the end.

R.I.P. Tom
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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tanhis wrote:
Is this the place that all the fuss is about link
And are all the cars vw.
Yes and Yes.


There is no fuss, we're just offering condolences.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was not aware of this news until just now. Damn.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering how long it would be until news of Tom's passing would hit the site.....I received a call from a friend that lives in Moab a little over two weeks ago, he asked me to call the family since he was out of town.

Doing so, I spoke with Tom Jr, who plans to continue to run the shop/museum. He and his father worked together years ago hence the name TOM TOM's so he's familiar with the scene and this website/forum.

He is NOT selling off everything. He specifically did not post the passing of his father in this forum to, in his words and as mentioned above, keep the Vultures from harassing the family.

So please, send condolences as you see fit, just please give the family an opportunity to sort out how to continue Tom's passion on their own terms.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My condolences to his family. He was way ahead of his time, saving these cars when few others thought they were worth saving. More recently, he was certainly the oldest guy I have ever encountered on the internet. Smile He'll be missed. RIP Tom. Glad to hear his family is going to carry on with his vision.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LCB wrote:
notchback wrote:
tanhis wrote:
Is this the place that all the fuss is about link
And are all the cars vw.
Yes and Yes.


There is no fuss, we're just offering condolences.


Oh sorry I dit not read all the post's
and my condolences to the relatives
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tanhis wrote:
LCB wrote:
notchback wrote:
tanhis wrote:
Is this the place that all the fuss is about link
And are all the cars vw.
Yes and Yes.


There is no fuss, we're just offering condolences.


Oh sorry I dit not read all the post's
and my condolences to the relatives

The most recent page or two of this thread were unfortunately
lost with the recent "outage".
If you start from the very beginning of the thread (and read some of the links) it is a most interesting story. Cool
On page two, 4th post down, there is a link to a fine news article about this interesting man.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:31 pm    Post subject: Tom Arnold Reply with quote

The world of VW enthusiasts lost one of it's most avid and genuine promoters. Tom will be missed for his wit and wisdom and the friendship he showed to many of us along the way. Rest In Peace, my friend!
Our condolences to his family.

Your home-state friends from Minnesota.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I was wondering how long it would be until news of Tom's passing would hit the site.....I received a call from a friend that lives in Moab a little over two weeks ago, he asked me to call the family since he was out of town.

Doing so, I spoke with Tom Jr, who plans to continue to run the shop/museum. He and his father worked together years ago hence the name TOM TOM's so he's familiar with the scene and this website/forum.

He is NOT selling off everything. He specifically did not post the passing of his father in this forum to, in his words and as mentioned above, keep the Vultures from harassing the family.

So please, send condolences as you see fit, just please give the family an opportunity to sort out how to continue Tom's passion on their own terms.



That is really nice to hear that his son is continuing the tradition.

I unfortunately only knew Tom from here but he seemed like a great guy - I'll miss his posts and wit.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

condolences to his family and friends. seemed like a good guy when he posted on here. may he R.I.P.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just found out about Tom's passing, so very sorry to hear. My sincerest condolences to the family.

RIP Tom.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just saw this...and am very deeply saddened. I never got to meet Tom but had wanted to. We shared that Minnesota connection many times in chat. My condolences to the family. RIP Tom.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:45 pm    Post subject: Tom Arnold's son Tom Reply with quote

Tom J. Arnold is continuing his father's business. Sounds like he will be de-infesting the yard of the domestic cars. He definitely knows the business as the other "Tom" in TomTom. Once moved back to Moab, he will re-focus on the family business.....more power to ya' Tom!
At the end of April, Moab hosts a wonderful car show (26-28th) and Tom plans on showing some of his Dad's cars in the run. TomTom participated often in the car runs and fit his VW's in amongst the muscle cars.
We plan on being there for the event. See ya' there Tom!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the end of April me and my friends were heading out to Moab for a unicycle convention, and was hoping to stop by Tom's yard. I wasn't looking to buy anything I just love VW's and wanted to check it out. Should I even consider it now?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 8:41 am    Post subject: TomTom's Reply with quote

Aaron, Why not stop out and visit? I've talked to Tom and e-mailed several times. He's a very personable guy. No, he's not looking to sell off everything, though he is going to do some organizing. Give him some time. If you do go down/up/out to Moab end of April, he will be showing some of his Dad's cars at the show. Tom (Sr.) had sent me a CD of the '05 show...right in the middle of all the muscle cars, there was Tom with his 61 ragtop....fittin' right in with the best of them! We'll miss him!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow what a story. Tom sounds like a true vw nut! I live in Cedar City, Ut and never new about Tom and his collection. I will definately be heading up in April. Please let us all know when the April show is. And give our condolences to the family.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:15 am    Post subject: car show Reply with quote

The car show is April 26-28. In '05 they had something like 750 cars of all makes and models. If you're headed up there, book a motel or campsite soon. Moab Valley RV Resort still had campsites available. All their cabins are booked. Motels then fill up fast and are expensive.
Tom was indeed a top-notch VW nut....knew a lot about them and helped many fellow VDub'ers as they passed through Moab.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad wow! i havn't viewed this thread in a while. it's really sad to hear of old Tom's death. he was truely a die hard VW nut. i've had the privilage of personnaly meeting the man, the legend. i probably spent about 4 hours sifting through his "museum" and finding things i hadn't seen before. i did buy some stuff from him, it was a new item, but none the less, i left there with wonderful memories and a ton of pictures. i was even lucky enough to have been invited to his home to see his latest pride and joy '60 ragtop.
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RIP Tom Arnold! you will be missed in this vastly growing community. i'm glad to have met you. take care up there! Wink

Tom Jr., your dad was an awsome man, i will someday return to see how you've carried on your fathers legacy.

for those interested in seeing some of TomTom's collection, look here and enjoy!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read about Tom passing in the T3 forum. Came over here to confirm.

I had the pleasure of meeting Tom, his wife and son in DC (of all places) last May. Great guy. He will be sorely missed here.

My condolences.
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