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Garrie L Hill Posted - 04/04/2019 : 12:40:18
Folks, I got back from lunch today to find a note from my secretary telling me that Doc Pearson had called. I'd talked with Don Barry a week ago to get some further information on our HPRA racing insurance, and I thought that Doc was calling with the info. No. Don passed away Monday, April 1 from heart failure.

I will have more details later. As of right now: The calling hours will be Saturday from 11:30 to 2:30 at the Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service in Mooresville, Indiana.

Garrie "carbon based lifeform" Hill
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Piranha Posted - 04/11/2019 : 21:41:02
Piranha Posted - 04/11/2019 : 21:39:19
Piranha Posted - 04/11/2019 : 21:36:58
Sorry to hear about Don's passing. I remember meeting him decades ago in Columbus, IN. He made people feel welcome at events and was a great contributor to the sport. I rode one of his Infinity recumbents many years ago (a bright blue one), and competed against racers in his Banshee streamliners. He will be missed.

I found a few photos--the first is from probably the 90's at Kenosha, taken from a newspaper article about the racing. The second is him and Doc at Mooresville when they retired from racing in '13.

<a href="http://s1334.photobucket.com/user/DMGlatch/media/Banshee%20%20Don_zpsj4ztzlnt.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="https://oi1334.photobucket.com/albums/w654/DMGlatch/Banshee%20%20Don_zpsj4ztzlnt.jpg" border="0" alt="Don and Frank help Randy in the Banshee photo Banshee Don_zpsj4ztzlnt.jpg"/></a>

<a href="http://s1334.photobucket.com/user/DMGlatch/media/Doc%20%20Don_zpssfdydong.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="https://oi1334.photobucket.com/albums/w654/DMGlatch/Doc%20%20Don_zpssfdydong.jpg" border="0" alt="Doc and Don at racing retirement at Mooresville photo Doc Don_zpssfdydong.jpg"/></a>

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Upright Mike Posted - 04/05/2019 : 08:11:05
A legend - I will miss him putting up with my last minute calls for insurance for our events. He was always patient and handled a lot of the little details for our insurance certificates.
Garrie thank you for sharing. I think it goes without saying that it hurts to loss a friend.

Years ago, when I first starting attending races (1988 Waterford) I remember the “Infinity gang”: Don Barry, Doc Pearson, Frank Lindley, Randy Lindley being a force at the events with their long wheelbase aluminum recumbents, short wheelbase SuperStreet Bikes and I think the Moby bikes built by Terry Hreno.
I believe Don was still working are ACE Tool where they built the Infinity LWB recumbents. He still answered the phone in recent years "ACE Tool". They kept the small town manufacturing alive which built America.
The last time I seen Don may have been Mooresville, 2011 for the HPRA race there. I remember we had a good day of racing at Pioneer Park, Sean did really well in the long race averaging 28 mph, and really winded afterwards.

On Sunday we cancelled the races due to rain forecast. So I went to then ASME races instead nearby at the Indianapolis 500 Track where I saw future stars University of Toronto win the event with Vortex. Dan and Amanda (Chu) Zolyniak were on this team. Todd overcooked one corner and did a remarkable power slide demonstrating how safe Vortex was with one of the first safety harnesses installed to the judges. Sam Whittingham and Varna were there too, at the event run by Mike Morehead of Rose-Hulman. Ironically this weekend the ASME event is here at Michigan State in East Lansing. I'll be heading to that Saturday and thinking of Don.
warren Posted - 04/04/2019 : 14:35:46
Did anybody really ever call him "Mike"?

warren Posted - 04/04/2019 : 14:16:35
From the Indy 2009 HPRA Racing Pictures by Mike Mowett: Don Barry doing check in duties at the Major Taylor velodrome.

warren Posted - 04/04/2019 : 13:55:31
Wow. I'm so sorry to hear that. Don brought so much to Human Powered RaceAmerica and the Indiana Human Powered Vehicle Association over the years. The Infinity recumbent bikes that he built with his team at Ace Tooling in Mooresville, IN will be remembered as one of the first mass marketed recumbent bikes.


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