Tom McDaniel RIP

By Bill Martin

A Gallery remembering Tom McDaniel


We are saddened to the point of incapacitation, I was informed via Telephone call that Tom McDaniel suffered a massive heart attack on either Sunday Aug 30th or Monday the 31st, he was found on the 31st. Tom was born in New York yet a lot of his family was in Oregon. After High School in Torrance CA, Tom entered the Police Academy and became a Torrance Motor Patrol officer for most of his career.  Tom served Torrance for 31 years and was medically retired about 10 years ago, his knees were shot. Tom loved Motorcycles and raced in Hare Scrambles all over Southern California on several different Thumpers. Tom was a true champion of the Marque from the outset, having grown up in Torrance California he knew everyone in the hot rod world. Tom was a fixture and tempered guiding force in the CAT club having served as President several times. Tom also helped to build and run the large CAT parts department. Tom purchased his first Tiger in I believe 1973 and has had several. Most notably his Blue Tiger in which he relished spanking everyone at Tigers United Autocrosses, I think he set Top Time of Day at like 8 or 9 United’s, it could be more. Tom supported both CAT and STOA by maintaining memberships in both clubs for over 20 years. Tom was always smiling and was willing to help or give advice to everyone, he was one of the nicest people I have met since I got involved with Tigers. Tom and I met in Eureka at Tigers United but we did not get to know each other until Tigers United at South Lake Tahoe, the year that Carroll Shelby attended. Tom, Jerry and Marlene Vanderpool and I sat down and got to know each other in Jerry’s Suite, at Tom’s insistence. I was the new guy in Tiger restoration and they wanted to know what I was all about. We were fast friends from that moment on, it is not often that someone will go out of their way to get to know you. Our friendship has grown to the point that Tom and I would talk almost every day on the phone. I will miss him greatly. I talked to him for 38 minutes Sunday night, he had just had the transfer case replaced in his Denali and was all loaded up to go to the SCCA Nationals in his Z06. Tom had never won a title but his co drivers had won several in his cars, if you have ever seen his Tiger you know that he knew how to prepare a car. Tom had a triple bypass a year ago and shortly after he went on the Nutrisystems diet and had lost over 50 pounds, he was taking care of himself. This is a shock to all of us, he was a great friend and was having a lot of fun. Tom was 63.

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