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National Champion ("1974") and National Record Holder ("1966") D-stock motorcycle racer Glenn "Old Man" Helton died peacefully yesterday at his home in Saint Petersburg, FL at age 77

Posted by Shannon Olivia on April 6, 2016 at 4:15 PM

National Champion "1974" and National Record Holder "1966" D-stock motorcycle racer Glenn "Old Man" Helton died peacefully on April 5, 2016,  at his home in Saint Petersburg, FL at age 77.  #Sports #Motorcycles #Honda #Racing #BSA #DragRacing #NHRA  


Glenn was the father/best friend of Kris Helton.


While living in Los Angeles, Glenn raced extensively in eliminator races and befriended many Hollywood stars of the day, including Steve McQueen (The Great Escape), Max Baer Jr. (The Beverly Hillbillies), Natalie Wood (Miracle on 34th Street), and Lana Turner (Madame X).


In fact, as a musician, Glenn was widely known, loved, and performed using the moniker given to him by Steve McQueen -- Kris Fargo. He even legally changed his name to Kris Fargo because so many people, including those trying to pay him for performances, thought his name really was Kris Fargo.


In Florida, Glenn raced a 1969 Honda 750 co-owned by Hap's Cycle Sales, Inc., and he was good friends with the owner, Hap Poneleit, as well as Evel Knievel, who befriended his son, Kris Helton.


Glenn was a life-long NASCAR fan, and,  for more than two decades, a supporter of Jeff Gordon, number 24.


Prior to his career in racing and music, Glenn served our country honorably as a U.S. Army Ranger. He was a Lifetime member of Amvets Post 7467 in Saint Petersburg, Fl.


You can read a newspaper account of Glenn's 1974 National Championship by simply clicking on this link: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1798&dat=19740626&id=TQsfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QI0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=1809%2C2881948&hl=en


A celebration of Glenn's life was held at Amvets Post 8 on April 14, 2016. 


Glenn was preceded in death by his former wife, Linda Helton. He is survived by his wife/soulmate, Marie Meyer, and sons Kevin and Kris Helton, and daughter, Kim Tully. 

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