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Top Gun, Lorne Drouillard
Published on: July 3, 2024
Lorne with Flames car

The entire Rosebush Racing family was deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of long-time friend and colleague, Lorne Drouillard.

Lorne (aka Top Gun) has always been a car guy. He first met Roger as a 10-year old in the first Rosebush Racing garage. It was this love of cars that brought them together over and over again throughout those first years and they quickly became fast friends.

Then in the 90s Roger had purchased a 1969 Camaro Z/28. The car needed some work to freshen it up so Roger contacted Lorne. This Camaro project was in need of a new radiator and it is what caused Roger to found Be Cool, Inc. with Lorne by his side.

Lorne was a great people person, which made him perfect to take care of technical service for Roger’s newly formed company, Be Cool, where he excelled in all that he did. The customers always came first for Lorne. When asked about it, he had once said “I’m here to serve our customers and I’m not happy until they are.” That is the way he treated everyone in his life.

During his time at Be Cool, Lorne even brought in his younger car-loving brother, Mitch, to work as a Sales Representative. Another long-lasting friendship was formed between Mitch, Roger and the families.

In the early 2000s, Lorne was instrumental, along with Al Wisniewski in helping Roger to totally rebuild his 1965 Chevelle, which he had just earlier retrieved after being sold a couple of times. After more than a year, the car was tested on the track at Pennsylvania’s Maple Grove Raceway where it was, at the time, the quickest and fastest ever recorded by a 283 CID Chevelle in legal NHRA Super/Stock trim. Coming back home to Michigan it ran even faster. Such a testament to the superior care given to the car by Lorne and the others on the team. This was just one of the many cars that Lorne enjoyed painting (where he rightfully earned the name “Top Gun”) and working on.

Roger and Lorne have remained close friends to this day. The entire Rosebush Racing family sends its heartfelt sympathies to the friends and family of Lorne Drouillard.

Published by: Cyndi Vander Horn

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