Virgil William (Bill) Snyder will be 100 years old on October 22, 2019 Bill’s a proud WWII U.S. Army Air Force veteran who has lived a pretty exciting life. Not too many of these guys left. Bill was born in 1919 and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When World War II broke out, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force to become a fighter pilot. After completing his training he instead chose to become a B-17 flight engineer, and a short time later an instructor. Bill logged over 1400 hours of flight time teaching crews of nine how to fly, and most importantly how to land B-17’s. After the war, Bill received his degree from the University of Minnesota and began teaching mechanical drafting and auto shop class at the local high school. Bill raced in the summer months and was fourth-ranked nationally on dirt tracks in 1947. In 1948, Bill left his teaching position to work for a small manufacturing company in Minneapolis where he eventually rose to position of Executive Vice Precedent of Marketing. Today, that company is known as Thermo King Corporation. As VP of marketing, Bill promoted the company through racing and by sponsoring numerous Indy, Can Am, and Sprint cars. Bill also sponsored all of Tyrone Malone’s diesel powered race trucks, including the world famous “Super Boss”. While most executives wore a suit and tie and conducted business in corporate board rooms, Bill instead could be found at the Bonneville Salt Flats dressed in his fire suite, helmet and gloves, strapped behind the wheel of a diesel powered vehicle preparing to set yet another land speed record. In all Bill Snyder set 6 world and 6 national land speed records (one stood for over 30 years), also won the Bonneville “Person of the Year” award, is a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club, and was in the Guinness Book of World Records for driving the fastest diesel powered vehicle in the world. Back in the day, when not setting records, Bill could be found driving his Corvette “Easy Money”, or out on Lake Minnetonka, one of Minnesota’s largest lakes, in one of his many V8 powered ski boats including a custom built Donzi power boat, that he deemed "was a bit too much" even for that lake. Bill is enjoying his retirement with his wife, rides his bike everyday and still has a great memory. We should all be so lucky.