Bill Wimble
Class of 2002

Bill Wimble drove his first race at Canton, NY's St. Lawrence Speedway in 1951, driving a '36 Ford that he and his brother bought for $50. They built the race car on the family farm, working late at night after the evening chores were done. The following year, 1952, saw him take down his first win, at Ottowa, in Ontario, Canada.

Wimble won his first track championship at Plattsberg, in 1955. In all, Wimble won 14 track championships at 8 different tracks. Add to his resume 5 New York State Championships, and 2 Connecticut State Championships under the NASCAR banner. Bill progressed to racing in the prestigious NASCAR Sportsman division, where he raced against drivers like Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough. It was no surprise when he won the Sportsman (currently known as the Busch Series) championship in 1960, then tied for the title in '61.

Awards that Bill has won throughout his career include the John Naughton Memorial Sportsman Award in '63, Champion Spark Plug's Buddy Schuman Award in '64, and Kodak's All-time Greats Award in '72.

Bill loved racing on the dirt at Stafford. "I used to work in the hayfield till noon on Friday, take a bath, pack and drive 330 miles to Stafford to race. It made a long day but I loved every minute of it."

During the 1967 season, Wimble competed at three New York tracks, Utica-Rome, Albany-Saratoga, and Fonda. In true Wimble fashion, he won championships at all three tracks. Bill dominated at Fonda in the 60s, winning 5 track championships between 1960 and '67.

Bill Wimble is a member of the New York Stock Car Association, Fonda Speedway, Dirt Motorsports, and Eastern Press Association Halls of Fame, and is a member of Daytona's Living Legends of Auto Racing.

Now, we welcome Bill to our own New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame.