Gorden Apker, noted car collector, longtime SCMer and friend to so many in the vintage car world, died February 3 in Scottsdale, AZ after a long battle with cancer.
His wife, Janet, daughter Leisha and close friends Ken and Sami Waldrip were with him.
Apker won fame in the business world for Shakey’s Pizza, which he took over in 1966 and transformed into a stunning success, with more than 600 locations worldwide.
Said Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin, “Gordon was always a kind and thoughtful mentor to me through the years. His byline appeared in SCM in 2011 when he wrote about a 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible. When our relationship with Barrett-Jackson was going through a challenging time, he personally reached out to Craig Jackson and me and helped bring us onto the same page. He even bought a 1968 Mercury Colony Park Wagon from SCM. I will miss being able to pick up the phone and call him when I have questions about American Classics.”
A funeral service will take place in Des Moines, WA in March.
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