So terribly sad for his family and those who were close to him. Ron, you and Fred were both so lucky to have had a friendship with a man so integral to our history. He signed the back of my driver's seat at the 20th and had some neat things to say about my 85GT. I'll treasure that moment always.
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Rip good friend. I was talking about him yesterday recalling memories from the 20th show.
In the parking lot, Hulki was telling me about my car. He walked me over to a few Fiero's near by, then back to mine, pointed to the black lip under the front hood near the raditor support, and said these cars didn't leave the factory that clean ! He had a huge grin on his face when he was telling me this. The excitment he had for our cars was fantastic.
He will be missed in the Fiero world, sad day, Love the memories we all have that knew him.
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RIP, Hulki. Thank you for giving me my favorite car of all time.
I've had three Fieros, and like many many others here, I get what Hulki was trying to do with the Fiero, and I'm glad General Motors let him do it, even if they held him back a bit. The car still turned out great in my opinion.
I met Hulki at the 25th. I am glad I got to thank him in person for bringing the Fiero to life. He commented that he was amazed and humbled by how much of a following his little car attracted. My condolences and prayers go to his family.
I also had the honor of meeting him at the 25th. He and John Callies complimented me on the Pace Car I owned at the time. We all owe him a debt of gratitude. What a brilliant & kind man. My condolences and prayers to his family. Thank you Hulki.
The first time I saw a Fiero it was across the street from my house at a shop. I was too young to drive at the time but the shop owner let me sit in it and I knew right then and there that I would own one some day. I'm glad I've had the opportunity to be part of the Fiero owning crowd. Thanks to the man that made it happen! R.I.P.
Hulki always had time to talk to me no matter what he was doing. I will miss talking to him as there was never a shortage of interesting conversation.
I will be on the road tomorrow night to be in Michigan Saturday morning.
Hulki was the catalyst that has kept me going all these years pursuing the history of the Pontiac Fiero. Every time I have gone to Michigan, he would have some one lined up to go meet that worked with the Fiero program. He introduced me to dozens of people.
Most importantly, Hulki was a friend who welcomed me in to his home when ever I was in town.
I will be paying my last respects wearing the Fiero crest lapel pin that he gave me. He wore this pin on his suit coat when ever he was addressing his peers during the meetings trying to get the Fiero program in to production.
R.I.P. Hulki, You always had great stories to tell, and most of us were ready to listen at any time. I met him at the 20th and 25th. He always had time to talk. paced84 and Fred, you said you were going to the service. Please pass our condolences to the family, for those of us that can't make it. He was a big part of our family, and he will be missed.
I got to meet him once and did not really know who he was at the time. He showed up at a show unannounced in Pontiac and looked around and only a few people knew him or that he was there. He came over and he checked my car out and we alked about the changes I had made. He approved of what I did with the car and later when I found out who he was I was glad to find he approved of what I had done.
He was to have been at the dinner that night but never showed up. I would have liked to hear what he had to say.
This points out that if you have any questions on the car you had better ask them soon of those who are left. Most are getting up in age and may not have as good of a memory as in the past.
Fred this is why we need to put that book together. The future is going to have to rely on those who collected info like you, Paul and others. Even if it is not a full published book the story needs written down and shared. I think after what GM went through the Fiero story would be a cautionary tail of how GM worked and did not work that lead to the bail out. It shows the real contrast of those inside GM that were the problem and those who were no the problem. Today GM is finally in the hands of mostly the people that were not the problem. Note cars like the Z/28, Z06 and coming Mid Engine C8 and 6th gen Camaro will point this out. Old GM would have never built these cars.
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Always wanted to attend one of the big national shows just for a chance to shake his hand and say thanks for the decades of enjoyment that my Fieros have brought me. No chance of that now. R.I.P. Hulki.