By SEMA Editors
Jerry Green, 76, who had been battling Parkinson’s Disease for the past 10+ years, passed away Friday, May 2. Green was known as the “Godfather” of Ford Motor Co.’s involvement at SEMA, and he was fully dedicated to Ford Motor Co. and Ford Racing.
Despite his fight with Parkinson's, Green continued drag racing even in his later years. When asked how he was able to compete against racers more than 40 years his junior and beat them consistently—including elapse times down the quarter-mile and also measured reaction times—he wittily responded, “I just start my launch on the second yellow countdown light, rather than the green 'go' light—that way by the time my legs end up reacting, my timing is perfect.”
Green is survived by his wife (Bobbie) and daughter. Memorial arrangements are currently underway. His wishes were that he be cremated and his ashes scattered at Milan Dragway.