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Portrait of Bill


Bill had his 2000 Panoz for about a year when we met. He bought it specifically for an event such as the Shelby Cobra Club event at Willow Springs International Raceway. He was into running cars since 1952 when his father took him to sports car racing events.

Bill ran at Willow Springs and other Southern California tracks during the mid-seventies. He had another race car which was a Roadster, but considered the Panoz more comfortable.

Bill grew up in Burbank, California, USA. He moved there when he was about four and graduated from Burbank High School. He went to California Polytechnic State University College of Engineering – San Luis Obispo and majored in Aeronautical Engineering.

As an aeronautical engineer, Bill worked for Lockheed Martin but was laid off twice so he went into the oil industry instead. Bill was in offshore oil drilling and assigned to Brazil to be in a training program for management. He went through every phase of the job: roustabout, roughneck, deckhand, assistant driller, driller and a tool pusher.

Bill became a marine operations coordinator for Santa Fe drilling which joined with Global Marine and eventually was bought out by Transocean. He said it was very interesting working in the oil industry because it got him all around the world, “not just Brazil, but also to the North Sea and Indonesia.”

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