Around the Bend Column

From Tony Johns,
Earl Ma, a friend to many of you here and one of my longtime collaborators in motorsports journalism, passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. Earl had just returned from a working trip to Indianapolis, where he saw his good friend Phil Giebler start his first Indy 500, when his condition rapidly deteriorated. The end was apparently very sudden but thankfully was relatively painless. I will be getting information on funeral services and so forth ASAP and will post details at when I know more.
Godspeed, Earl.

I met Earl Ma the first time about five years ago at an American Auto Racing Writer and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) breakfast in Indianapolis just before the “500.” Earl was a nice man, very knowledgeable and an expert on Jerry Unser and the Unser family. Earl was from Hawaii, was an architect by trade. Jerry Unser had served in the military in Hawaii and raced there in the 1950’s. Thus, Earl’s interest in Jerry. Earl was instrumental in getting Jerry in the Hawaiian Sports Hall of Fame. I saw Earl for the last time last month at Indy, he was in wheelchair but still had that gleam in his eyes. Earl lived life on his terms and was determined to visit Indy. To be honest, I knew his condition had deteriorated and was surprised to see him. However, Earl was a driven, hard worker and when he set out to do something, he did it. I was glad he was there. Earl passed away in his sleep, I’m glad he didn’t suffer. Cancer is a cruel disease. I recommend going to and and seeing who Earl was and some of his work. -Steve Zautke

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