|Doug Magnon had a passion for collecting, preserving, creating, serving, and spending a lot of time with like-minded people. Here's Doug with a gathering of his famous Maserati cars. Image Credit: IL TRIDENTE magazine|
Douglas Magnon Passed Away Quickly Leaving The Motor Culture To Mourn
Douglas (Doug) Magnon began to feel very weak in December and was finally convinced to see a doctor (Doug did not like visiting doctors - ever) at the behest of close friends.
He found the news to be very disturbing but as Doug was prone to do, he took matters into his own hands and set in motion the necessary acts that would allow the wake he would leave to be taken care of in a proper manner.
Today it was officially announced in the following press release that Douglas Magnon is no longer alive as of Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
Official Statement from the Magnon Family:
Riverside Businessman and Philanthropist Doug Magnon Passes Away - Business and Racing Community Mourn. Celebration of Life Scheduled for February 15.
Douglas Magnon of Riverside California, 55, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015, surrounded by family and close friends, after a short but brave battle with cancer.
Magnon, president of the Magnon Companies, a regional commercial real estate developer, was also the founder and principal of the Riverside International Automotive Museum (RIAM) owner of Magnone Trattoria, partner in the Newport Italian motorcycle dealership and a trustee board member of the University of California Riverside.
Doug was a man of many passions. He loved food, cooking and Italian culture, which twice led to ventures into the restaurant business. His namesake restaurant, Magnone Trattoria, continues to serve Doug's own recipes on Spruce Street in Riverside. He was frequently found in the kitchen preparing his beloved dishes and sharing his favorite wines and cheeses.
It was his passion for motor racing, and growing up attending races at the legendary Riverside International Raceway that led to the founding of the Riverside International Automotive Museum (RIAM) with his father Raymond. Many Southern California racing fans lamented the demise of the famed circuit in 1988. The museum was established from that memory and received immediate support form the greater racing community. Gala events such as "Legends of Riverside" gave fans the opportunity to rub shoulders with racing greats including Dan Gurney, Bobby Unser, Carroll Shelby and Bob Bondurant and relive moments that made Southern California one of the hubs of racing culture.
RIAM has grown to be one of the most important racing collections in North America. Its unmatched archive of materials and historic documents is rivaled only by the Watkins Glen Research Center, the Wally Parks NHRA Museum and the Indianapolis Raceway Museum. The curated collection of cars include several important Dan Gurney Eagle Indy Cars and the world's largest vertical collection of Maseratis. RIAM regularly participated in historic racing events claiming four national Formula 5000 championships with driver Tony "a2z" Adamowicz and chief mechanic Bill Losee. The racing community has truly lost one of its greatest stewards of history.
In partnership with close friend Paul Kinsella, Magnon Founded Newport Italian, a Vespa, Moto Guzzi and Aprilla motorcycle dealership in 2013. Almost immediately, the dealership has become one of the most successful stores for those brands in the United States. The secret to this midas touch has been the customer care and high-profile events for the cherished owners of the Italian marques.
Beyond his accomplishments, Doug touched many lives with his generous heart and love of people. So many have come forward with stories of his kindness and camaraderie. His passions, natural charm and zest for life made him special to everyone he met. His legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew him, and his business and philanthropic ventures.
Magnon was a graduate of Riverside Polytechnic High School in 1978 and a former film student at University of Southern California (USC).
Doug is survived by his wife, Evonne Magnon (Barsakis), His father Raymond Magnon (Kelly), his mother Elaine Taber (Clare), his sisters Deanna Magnon Wagner (Dennis), Cheryl Cliff (Paul) and Patti Oldham (Tom), brother Ryan Magnon (Rona) and, his many loving nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Doug's life is planned at the Riverside International Automotive Museum on Saturday February 15, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.. The Magnon family requests charitable donations to the Riverside International Automotive Museum and the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.
The outpouring of memories continue to fill many a Facebook page with videos and photos - many surrounding events held at the Riverside International Automotive Museum, car shows, and historical motor car races.
Long be the memory and continuation of the life sharing put forward by Doug Magnon.
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