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Folks Of Interest Speedy Bill passing

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by pinkynoegg, May 31, 2014.

  1. pinkynoegg
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  2. scrap metal 48
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    Sad to here..He's back with his wife now...
     
  3. denis4x4
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    My wife and I along with two other couples got a personal tour of the museum with Bill two weeks ago. photo 1.jpg

    A real pioneer in the speed equipment business and he'll be sorely missed.
     
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  4. For all the gripes many of us have about the business, he was a great businessman and investor. He will be missed.
     
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  5. Jason455
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    Thats too bad. At least he is with his wife. RIP Bill
     
  6. Atwater Mike
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    Echo what Tman said...Speedy Bill was always personable with me. (but it was years ago...after that, he had managers & salesmen.)
     
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  8. BamaMav
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    RIP Speedy Bill.
     
  9. Hnstray
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    "Nobody gets out of life alive".......Even knowing that fact, the passing of people we are
    familiar with, either loved ones, close friends or, as in this case, an well renowned industry
    leader, we feel a sadness when hearing the news. And, that is appropriate.
     
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  10. 48fordnut
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    RIP Bill Smith. He is an Icon.
     
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  11. gnichols
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    RIP, Speedy. Thanx for all you did for the racers. Gary
     
  12. 80WTI
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    RIP speedy Bill
     
  13. Hot Rod Nut
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    Wow, hard to believe , RIP my friend
     
  14. pasadenahotrod
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    Another of the old Greats passes to Hot Rod Heaven. Bon Voyage, Bill!
    You will be missed.
     
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  15. Leftym56
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    Had a hand shake and visit with "Speedy Bill" last June at his museum, (a must see by the way). Done business with Speedway for years and still do. The store is great but the muesum will blow you away when you see all of it.
     

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  16. COOP
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    Met Bill on the 2002 Power Tour at his shop. He couldn't believe I drove my 'ol roadster from Michigan. We talked for about a half hour in the parking lot. Wonderful man to talk to,very down to earth. He walked away from my car with a smile on his face, shaking his head. One of those moments you don't forget. Godspeed Bill.
     
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  17. Lukydevl
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    GOD SPEED , Speedy Bill.. RIP
     
  18. indyjps
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    Sorry to hear it. Was he still actively running the business or had he turned it over to a management team?
     
  19. Ahhh shucks! Another one gone. Rest In Peace, Speedy Bill.
     
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  20. traffic61
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    Godspeed sir. Rest in Peace.
     
  21. Godspeed to you Speedy Bill.
    -Pat
     
  22. Moe
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    RIP... Speedy Bill, and condolences to his family.
     
  23. Man, I hate to hear this. He was a person that had so much influence and helped so many people over the years. I don't think anyone can replace Bill. I wouldn't have gotten to where I am without his business and their help.:(
     
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  24. Blue One
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    RIP Bill. I'm glad to have met you and salute you for what you did for our hobby. Speedway motors is an amazing business and will continue to be your legacy.
     
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  25. denis4x4
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    He has four sons who are hands on and will continue to grow the business.
     
  26. OLDSMAN
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    I don't agree with some of his methods, but no one can deny that he was a driving force in the racing industry. The museum is one fanastic place to visit. RIP Bill, now you can be with Joyce again,
     
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  27. Model T1
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    R.I.P. Speedy Bill. Sadly I never met him but always wanted to. A great man who helped our hobby grow.
     

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