The Elva community is truly shocked and saddened by the loss of Bob Youngdahl.
It has been reported that he died due to a tragic accident while unloading his cars at his workshop. Without doubt he will be sorely missed.
My most recent meeting with Bob was at Road America in September 2010 where he enthusiastically raced his beloved Elva-Porsche competing closely with a similar well driven Elva-Porsche to the delight of many onlookers.
Bob was the finest example of a gentleman racer, always willing to talk enthusiastically about his cars, driving them competitively and successfully on the track, remaining very much 'hands on' when it came to attending to the race preparation of his race cars. I believe he also gave time to various racing organisations in Florida region.
RIP Bob. All of us who share the Elva passion send our most sincere condolences to his family and many friends.
Roger Dunbar, February 2012
I am just speechless. So sorry for the loss to his family and ours.
I really liked him, his approach to racing, and open friendly style.
I'm sad to hear about Bob Youngdahl. We met in 1996 and I have been his engine builder for the Elva Courier ever since. What a great fun loving guy. What a great Vintage racer and enthusiast.
That is a shocker! He was a good friend and fun to race with. I'll miss him at the VDCA events. Tragic. Prayers, and thoughts to his family, and friends.
We were in the same group last weekend and had a great race in Saturday's feature. Bob was a friendly, approachable guy and always ready to help out someone in need. Hard to believe he's gone just like that!
Bob was a true racer in any seat he sat in, from ice racing to roadracing. Embodied the spirit of competition and the camaraderie of friendship. I always liked it that he was one of the last to leave the paddock after a race weekend.
Great guy, had an eclectic collection of cars and race cars, will be missed by the vintage racing community. Very friendly and helpful. RIP.
Had a nice talk with him about Couriers at Brainerd year before last. He would really fly there! Fun to watch. I was really looking forward to running with him. Yep, he'll be missed. Prayers and thoughts to his family and friends.