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Posted 30 January 2006 - 10:25 AM

Tom Pogo Race Car Builder and Manufacturer Dead at 60

Waukesha,Wis.--Tom Pogo race car builder and manufacturer for over three decades died suddenly on Friday Jan. 27 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Born on Jan. 24, 1946 Thomas Pogorzelski was a champion go-kart driver and briefly raced modifieds, before designing and building his first race car.
By the early 80's Outhouse Engineering under the direction of Pogo was building midgets, sprint cars, modifieds and stock cars. The company was also a stocking dealer for most major race product lines. Pogo designed and built cars that claimed countless victories at race tracks through out the Midwest.
The Outhouse Chassis scored multiple championships in the Badger Midget Series, Dairyland Midget Series, Eastern Wisconsin Stock Car Association and IRA Sprint Series to name a few. Tom along with his son Jeff also provided team management and maintaince programs for several teams in various series over the years.
The last ten years Pogo turned his attention to street rod and high performance hot rod design and restoration, countless number of vehicles were worked on at his Mukwonago, Wis. shop. Pogo's Racemaster Industries was also producers of a popular line of racing hardware marketed under the name of Racebolt.
Tom is survived by wife Karen of 39 years, children Shelly and Jeff, along with two grandchildren and his mother. Visitation will be held on Wednesday Feb. 1 from 4-8 p.m. at Hartson Funeral Home, 11111 W. Janesville Road in Hales Corners,Wis.Funeral service and burial will take place on Feb. 2.

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 10:28 AM

Thomas "Pogo" Pogorzelski, age 60. Took his "last lap" on January 27,
2006. Beloved husband of Karen for 39 years. Proud father of Shelly and
Jeff. Grandpa to Dexter and McKenna. Survived by his mother June
Haeselich. Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 1 from 4-8 PM at the
funeral home. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, February 2 at 11 AM
at the funeral home followed by Interment at Highland Memorial

HARTSON FUNERAL HOME, 11111 W. Janesville Rd.
Published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on 1/29/2006.

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 10:40 AM

What a tragic loss. I had the opportunity to work with Tom for several years on his advertising in National Speed Sport News and he was always a pleasure to work with and just talk to. He will be deeply missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family during this difficult time.

Rest in peace Tom.

Lindsey Trausch
National Speed Sport News
I'd rather have a bad day racing than a good day working!

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 04:41 PM

Tom was one of the best ones out there in the racing world. He will be sadly missed.

David Ward

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