Longtime Goodguys family friend and hot rodder Ed Lee passed away Sunday 9/23. Lee was a prominent Northern California hot rod builder and enthusiast with ties to many famous Bay Area Hot Rod Clubs.
Alongside Goodguys founder Gary Meadors, Lee joined the Nor Cal Early Iron in the early 70s, then the Bay Area Roadsters and finally the Danville Dukes. His long line of cars were garage built at his home in Fremont, CA. Ed was happiest in his home shop fabricating cool cars and tinkering with trends and styles of the day.
He logged countless miles in his ’34 Ford Phaeton, ’33/34 Ford roadster, a ’36 Ford Roadster and his last cool ride – a tomato red 1951 Plymouth Woody. Lee was a fixture at rod runs and event throughout the west most of his adult life.
In addition to his cool cars, Lee was quick witted and loved to cut up. Some would argue his wife Mary was even funnier. Together they added so much to events and friendships over the years.
Later in life, Ed and Mary moved to Manteca, CA to be closer to their daughter Ava and their grandchildren. Lee’s son Greg was also a close friend to Goodguys. He drove the Goodguys Funny Car transporter and served as a crewman on the car driven by Goodguys President Marc Meadors.
We send our thoughts and condolences to Mary, Ava, Greg and everyone who loved Ed. He was a shining light in our colorful hot rod hobby.
A memorial service will be held Friday, October 5th at the P.L. Fry Funeral Home, 290 N Union Rd, Manteca, CA. The service will start at 1:30pm