We are deeply saddened to report the death of industry standout Shaun Carlson. He was only 35 years old when he died suddenly on October 5, 2009. He had been diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome, a genetic heart disorder that disrupts the heart's electrical system, but it was unclear exactly what caused his passing at press time.
Shaun was a leader in our industry and one of the good guys. Many know Shaun for his innovative company Nuformz and its Mopar-backed sport compact drag racing Neon and Sam Hübinette's Formula D-winning Viper, also from the Mopar stable. Shaun built both of these hot rods.
Shaun got his start in the import scene creating insane Hondas in his garage. He then parlayed his talents behind the camera to a gig as a feature editor at Turbo & High-Tech Performance magazine in 1997 before jumping headlong into Nuformz. His accomplishments include building Stephan Papadakis' tube-frame Honda that was the first front-drive to run in the 9s. He drove his own front-wheel drag Neon ,winning two Wallys and was tapped to substitute for injured Pro Stock driver Darrell Alderman In 2004. His company manufactured parts like Honda Block Guards and many catalog items for Mopar.
His talents will surely be missed and the thoughts and prayers of the entire Modified staff go out to his family and inner circle of friends.