Tom McCarthy has Passed Away

February 21st, 2018 by James Chartres

It is with great sorrow that we have learned that Tom McCarthy has passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Tom McCarthy was the founder of Thunderhill, a man with 24+ patents, a contractor for Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and the biggest fan of grandson racer Tommy McCarthy.

Tom held many positions in the club, he joined SCCA in 1963 and quickly attended drivers school in 1964. He went on to be a successful racers winning multiple championships. He was also an active member of the club, elected to the Board of Directors and also served as Regional Executive.

His passing is a great loss to the club and racing.

Tom McCarthy, services will be held on Tuesday, February 27th at Saint Simons (1840 Grant Rd Los Altos, CA 94024 United States) at 1pm. Immediately following will be the reception at Saint Stephens Green (223 Castro St. Mountain View, CA 94041 United States).

All are welcome to both events. Food will be served at the reception.

Please send pictures of Tom to grandson Tommy McCarthy as he is making a slideshow of memories.

6 Responses to “Tom McCarthy has Passed Away”

February 21, 2018 at 4:04 pm, Donna DUFFEY said:

My sincerest condolences to the McCarthys and the racing family


February 21, 2018 at 10:05 pm, Eric Van Diggelen said:

> Tom was a good man, he will be missed


February 21, 2018 at 5:55 pm, Arthur Zazueta said:

Thank you for the legendary Thunderhill your memory will forever live on through the hills of Thunderhill


February 26, 2018 at 10:30 pm, John J Joyce said:

I miss you Tom, I thought you’d be there for another shot at the Runoffs since it was in the backyard this time, Rest In Peace, thanks Lucy for keeping him around for us.


March 20, 2018 at 10:09 pm, larry resnick said:

I recall working with Tom on the New Track Committee when we were looking for land to build a track. Tom will be missed.


October 18, 2019 at 10:18 am, john johnston said:

I remember towing his race car to Portland for the Rose Festival, along with John Hughes. We worked for him at ISD in Santa Clara. He was a great boss, and friend to all.


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