RIP: Allen Ivins 1932-2005
by dean adams
Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Photographer and racing enthusiast Al Ivins & family, circa 1972.
allen ivins 1932-2005
It is with great sadness that I inform his many friends that photographer, racing enthusiast and Soup contributor Allen Ivins died Monday night as a result of a car/motorcycle "accident" near his home in Port Orange, Florida. Ivins was 73.

Ivins was an enthusiastic part of the backbone which props this little web 'zine up and I will always be grateful for his friendship and counsel.

A photographer for most of his adult life, Ivins was a skilled shooter with a great eye, shooting indelible images at Daytona in the 1970s, images which belong in a museum or a textbook for photographers on how to take pictures that bleed emotion.

Ivins loved motorcycles and motorcycle racing. A rider for over sixty-years, he was skilled and still amazingly fast to the end. He was a friend of the late Smokey Yunick, and racer Bill Tuman, among many, many others.

As those who know him will attest, Al Ivins would help anyone with anything. That he was on his way to help a friend when he was killed is representative of the man that he was.

Al Ivins is survived by his two children, including test rider and motojournalist Willy Ivins.


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