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Old 04-25-2007, 09:27 AM   #1
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Default RIP: Bill Collins

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It was about this time last year when I got a letter in the mail from Bill. He included photos of the Scorpion Dragster and wanted to know if it would be alright if h...

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Old 04-25-2007, 09:37 AM   #2
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Default Re: RIP: Bill Collins

Last year was my first but for sure not the last drags I'll attend.

I didn't talk to him cause he looked pretty focused on making a run, but that image is exactly as I remember him and the car. I studied that ride quite a while. It's a work of art.

Sorry for the loss.
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Old 04-25-2007, 09:48 AM   #3
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good by bill ! boy his face and eyes lit up , when he got in that time machine . sad .
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:06 AM   #4
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Oh hell no.
That can't be.
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:17 AM   #5
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Default Re: RIP: Bill Collins

I really liked that car, I enjoyed seeing it at the Roundup. I wish I could have met and talked to Bill...
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:25 AM   #6
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Default Re: RIP: Bill Collins

I never met the man but I can tell from the picture what kind of guy he was...

I think it is only fitting that the photo become a permanent part of the HAMB as a memorial to our fellow "Car Guy" Bill.

Thanks for allowing all of us to share in your passion, even it was only for a short time.
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:25 AM   #7
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I sure hope I can smile like that in the future.....I saw that car at the LSR and it made me smile... just like Bill.

RIP
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:38 AM   #8
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I really liked that car, I enjoyed seeing it at the Roundup. I wish I could have met and talked to Bill...
exactly! sure wish I could have spoken to him and shook his hand. they did an awesome job on that car
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:47 AM   #9
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Rip.........
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:05 AM   #10
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Yes, we should all be so lucky..........

Very sad day indeed
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:51 PM   #11
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I can distinctly replay watching him make a pass at the drags in my head, It's the first thing that happened when I saw the photo and read RIP. I remember thinking that I hoped to be doing the same types of things in my later years.
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Old 04-25-2007, 01:30 PM   #12
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I used to think "getting old" was a bad thing. People like Bill are a constant reminder that the things you have a passion for can keep you young at heart at least 'till the end.
Very sorry to hear of his passing.
Greatfull to have seen him make a pass.
again, god-speed Bill
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Old 04-25-2007, 01:30 PM   #13
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Default Re: RIP: Bill Collins

I remember his pass at MoKan, and I remember those guys pulling up to the registration tent and asking "Where's tech?". Then as we all slowly made our way around the table slack-jawed and started making circles around the trailer Ryan was able to get out, "You just passed."

I'm going to work a little harder and a little later in the garage tonight.
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Old 04-25-2007, 02:25 PM   #14
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I used to think "getting old" was a bad thing. People like Bill are a constant reminder that the things you have a passion for can keep you young at heart at least 'till the end.
Very sorry to hear of his passing.
god-speed Bill
Very sad news to hear. R.I.P. Bill Collins
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Old 04-25-2007, 02:47 PM   #15
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Rest in Peace, and may we all go out doing what we love, like you did.
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:04 PM   #16
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Default Re: RIP: Bill Collins

Nice write up. We all got to chat with him a bit last year at the HAMB Drags as they setup right next to us. Beautiful car and a great guy. That ear to ear grin was with him all day while taking the Scorpion down the 1/4 numerous times.
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:25 PM   #17
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R.I.P

That photo is one of the most wonderful I've ever seen, sums up the HAMB drags to me....
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:36 PM   #18
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Default Re: RIP: Bill Collins

When they pulled into the Ramada it was almost instant coverage as we all walked around and drooled.

Then when it fired up at the drags it was almost like church in the sense of respect and awe.

Thanks Mr. Collins. We appreciated your gift to us that day. RIP

One pass I recorded.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v7...t=ad6cdd90.flv
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:01 PM   #19
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Default Re: RIP: Bill Collins

I was standing there at the timeslip shack when they handed it to him. You could really tell how much that run meant to him. His spirit lives on in that photo. Yes it's the thrill of the moment, but there's also a bit of that far away look. Re-living past glory or the satisfaction of reaching a goal, who knows. Lots of good vibes.
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:06 PM   #20
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These are all of the shots I had of Bill and the car from that day. They are still compressed and resized, if anyone wants one full size just let me know and I'll email it to you.

Bill left an indelible impression on me with that gleam in his eye and that smile on his face that day. Thanks Bill... RIP.
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