In 1964 Lincoln Mercury cut is racing budget and withdrew from stock car racing Other L&M factory racing efforts were greatly curtailed as well. At that time Bill Stroppe was the L&M race guy. Many of the Marauders Stroppe had in inventory at that time went to teams like Bud Moore's upon L&M's retreat from stock car racing and Stroppe soldiered on as an independent in USAC for a while longer.
In 1970 Lee Iacocca terminated all Fomoco racing efforts. As history records there was no factory backed racing (of Ford factory backed racing teams until the early 80s).
A boastful and self absorbed fellow who identifies himself as "Tom M, Holman Moody Stroppe Vet" (without listing a last name) has made repeated claims at the other FE Forum that he was a Ford factory race team wrench back in the day who "got paid" to help Ford and Holman Moody Stroppe win races..both in stock car and drag race competition. He has made many claims to that end. To include taking exception (on behalf of himself and "the old team") to the reports by Bud Moore that the brakes failed in Joe Weatherly's Stroppe built Marauder at Riverside due to a failed Stroppe designed brake adjuster system. In Marchese's typically meandering and Homeric length posts on the FE forum he regularly held himself out as the repository for all Ford racing knowledge. In that pose he relentlessly used the term "we" to describe the accomplishment of the Stroppe team back in the day (and, incredibly even the Holman Moody effort, too). Based solely on his self reports of his own racing accomplishments he has felt at liberty to criticize the work of others, the suggest that his own work is far superior and to deride the cars built by other Ford enthusiasts who frequent the FE forum. More recently he has begin to make both public and private threats to those who question the veracity of his claims of racing greatness...working himself into a lather in the process and continually making back channel complaints to forum moderators. These threats have metastastized into laughable threats to bring suit for damages
against those he finds disfavor with. Those risible threats are characterized by poor grammar and abysmal spelling and only a passing familiarity with civil law.
This same boastful lad has been indentified by others as one Tom Marchese. A number of photos of Tom Marchese have been posted by inquiring minds and Marchese has yet to deny that he is depicted in those photos. In some posts he has tacitly acknowledged that he is, indeed, the greasy haired fellow in those images. At other times he has complained that his image has been misappropriated by those who have posted it.
As it happens, Tom Marchese has a public Facebook account. Until *recently*, it contained the following pictures and posts related to his time at Los Cerritos Elementary school.
Here is an orienting screen capture from the day before yesterday:
On the date of the screen capture, scrolling down that public FB site revealed this posting by someone who identifed herself as Marchese's "back row buddy"
You will note that Marchese acknowledges both the poster and the post in a way that indicates he was a part of that photo when taken.
Also posted on Marchese's public FB site that day was a cropped blow of from that image depicting a chubby cheeked lad who bears a striking resemblance to the Marchese whose image is depicted in the original screen capture (albeit with less greasy and more neatly combed hair).
You will note that the poster of that cropped shot of the back row of children is one and the same "back row buddy" who posted the original class picture.
One of the groups that Marchese lists himself as a member of on his public FB site is the Los Cerritos Elementary school FB group.
Quick review of that site reveals the exact same class photo that...*used to be*...posted on Marchese's public FB site. That image is also posted by the same person who also posted the image on Marchese's FB page.
The difference between the images is the caption indicating that the photo was taken in 1968 of Marchese's sixth grade class at Los Cerritos E.S.
Based on these hard and incontrovertible facts, if Marchese's claims of wrenching for the Stroppe team are to be believed
he was working there as a precocious seven (7) or eight (8) year old (before 1964 when Stroppe's stock car efforts ended). Likewise, if his repeated claims of working as a Ford factory mechanic for Holman Moody are to be believed he would have also had to have worked for Holman Moody Stroppe before Iacocca terminated all factory funding in 1970.
That loss of employment for then thirteen (13) or fourteen (14) year old, chubby cheeked, master mechanic named Marchese must have been traumatic indeed.
Perhaps we are still seeing evidence of that trauma today?