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Bill Warner killed in speed attempt today

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by patrick66, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,115


    Very sad, prayers going out to his family and friends. Bob
  2. Sad news,for sure. RIP Bill...
  3. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,714

    from Canada

    Sadly the quest for speed has it dangers. This is indeed disturbing news.

    Rest in Peace Bill Warner.
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  4. Sad Day! Saying a prayer.
  5. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,051


    My brother and I met Bill for the first time at Wilmington just over a week ago.A very modest and humble guy who will be missed by all that knew him.

  6. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 4,996


    Died doing what he loved. That's the way I want to go. RIP.
  7. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 4,920


    Sad to hear this. Family and friends are up there at Loring this weekend.
  8. all land speed racers know the danger but still pursue their dreams,he accomplished many during his lifetime,,sad day,,,God Speed Bill. HRP
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  9. Sorry to hear this bad news.....He was one hell of a speed chaser and went faster than most ever will on 2 wheels. Our prayers go out to all his family and friends.
  10. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,094

    from Missouri

    Sad news prays to family and friends.
  11. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,987

    Member Emeritus

    Pushing the envelope in any activity has it's risks but the quest for speed on land has fewer ways to forgive than most. A lot of brave and talented people have given their all in this environment knowing the risks but still reach for the record. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  12. speedfreek155
    Joined: Sep 10, 2011
    Posts: 312


    I heard this earlier , so sad to hear , condolences to his family , friends , and fellow competitors .:(
  13. hoop98
    Joined: Jan 23, 2013
    Posts: 1,363

    from Texas

    sorry to hear, godspeed Bill
  14. Chuck R
    Joined: Dec 23, 2001
    Posts: 1,346

    Chuck R

    Sad day for sure, thoughts and prayers go out to Bill's family and friends. RIP
  15. gc427
    Joined: Aug 10, 2009
    Posts: 122

    from SoCal

    Sad news but knowing that he died doing what he loved is a little comforting.

    Sure beats a long, slow and suffering death like far too many experience.

    RIP Bill
  16. gonzo
    Joined: Dec 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,687


    Very sad news, I had been following his story since he broke the record and was really impressed with his DIY style. RIP.
  17. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,714

    from Canada

    Very well said.
  18. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,674

    frank spittle

    Bill was one of motorcycling's greatest speed racers going back to the beginning at Ormand Beach. I watched him break the record at 278 mph at Maxton in 2010 and took the first picture afterwards. There was not a nicer or more humble racer. This news is very hard to swallow for me.

    My condolences to his family.

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  19. Damn! I hate to hear news like this. :(
  20. Falcon Sprint
    Joined: Oct 1, 2012
    Posts: 203

    Falcon Sprint

    Very sad news but, "I'd rather die of passion, than die of boredom."
  21. gonzo
    Joined: Dec 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,687


    From the Loring site. I thought this was poignant.

    "Land speed records are a dream of many, an obsession of some, and reality for a determined few. It is a quiet pursuit by quiet men in garages on late nights and endless weekends"

    It takes unbelievable passion and determination to accomplish what Bill Warner did and even though he's paid the highest price his name will be written in the history books along side Burt Munro and other legends and that's no small feat.

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  22. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,674

    frank spittle

    Most guys who pushed the envelope like Bill Warner do so in their daily lives as well. Not him. He was a marine biologist who raised tropical fish for a living.
  23. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,666


    Seen him do 311 two yrs ago. Godspeed bill.
  24. I took this picture at 8:30 am Sunday... we left Loring at 9:00 am before Bill made his final run. He was a nice guy. Rest in Peace Bill Warner.

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  25. I was there also when he made his historic 311 mph was awesome!
  26. spiders web
    Joined: Jan 16, 2011
    Posts: 384

    spiders web

    If yah die doing what you love then, You WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rest in peace Bill.
  27. guitard
    Joined: May 16, 2012
    Posts: 198


    I will burn a little back tire in his honor. Godspeed...
  28. seaweed
    Joined: Feb 17, 2005
    Posts: 69


    I met Bill in 2011 when he broke the world Record. I was running Long Shutdown at Loring at his final run this year. I said we were giving the two hundred mph guys two fingers and a thumbs up, when they past our tent and would give him three when he broke 300 in the mile. He said that if he failed, to just give him one. I said we can't do that!

    The attached photo is of the hat he signed for me in 2011, just after he broke the record.

    God Speed Bill Warner!


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