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...BILLY WILKERSONDATE OF BIRTH: 06/23/1927PLACE OF BIRTH: Nashville, Tennessee
In 1929 Billy's family moved from Tennessee to California.At 12 years old (in 1939) he
bought a 1929 Model A for $10.00 and his
passion for cars and car racing has never stopped.At the age of 12 he
was driving his
sister to Sunday school . . . and as he
got older he
was never "caught" by the law so they could present him with much deserved speeding tickets.He
was delivered to the Navy at age 16 (an alternative to some other type of discipline) and spent 6 years in the service of our country.By 1949, at the age of 22 he
competed in his
first race.The California Jalopy Association
was racing at Lakeland Stadium in El Monte, California and he
won heat race and the main event in his
first ever competition.
. . . in the early 50's . . . Billy
raced at Lincoln Park, Los Angeles, California - he
won a few races and can't remember which ones or how many.
. . . 1953 . . . he
started racing at Culver City Stadium in Culver City, California, and had lots of fast times; won lots of helmet and trophy dashes.
. . . in about 1955 . . . he
raced at Western Speedway in Gardena, California, and continued with an impressive amount of fast times and main event wins.
. . . in 1957 . . . Billy
brother, Jay, built a "sportsman car" and started racing at Balboa Stadium in San Diego, California.He
did fairly well but not really good until they bought one of the Peat Brothers T-Coupe's which he
successfully ran at Ascot Park, Irwindale's 605 Speedway, Balboa Stadium, Manzanita Speedway, Tucson Speedway and Knoxville.
. . . 16 years after retirement (in 1990) Billy
wasstill 13th in all-time C.R.A. main event wins
received the Jimmy Miller Memorial Award in 1970 and 21 years later in 1991 he
was awarded the Jeff Bagley Award . . . both of these awards given for total dedication and effort to the sport of Sprint Car Racing.
They competed in a few Turkey Night races at Ascot and at other midget tracks; Bob and Billy
always flipped "double or nothing" for whatever dollars they won (with the exception of the 2nd place at Manzy!).
...After retirement from driving, Billy continued to work in the sport as a CRA Board Member and CRA Official.He
also worked for J.C. Agajanian during their Thursday night Asoct Midget Series as Competition Director.And, for several years he was the Director of Sprint Car Competition at the Copper World Classic at P.I.R.
In 1989 he
own Sprint Car Team and won his
first main event as a car owner on 6/10/89.During his
1992-1994 owner years he
donated $100.00, for every main event the team won, to Childhelp USA . . . in the 1994 season this team won a record 12 main events and was nominated for the National Sprint Car Team of the Year!
At age 74 Billy
continues pursuing his
dedication to Sprint Car Racing helping young up-and-coming drivers in SCRA.He
is also involved in vintage car and driver groups and he
has restored three 1960 to 1970 era sprint cars.
During 2002 you will find Billy
working for Dwight Cheney on Dwight's #21j S.C.R.A. sprint car.
If you ask Billy
admires most as a "racer" he
will tell you immediately, without hesitation, Parnelli Jones.His
favorite color on a race car - red or black; and his
lucky car number - 11.Billy
and his wife Anne reside in Temple City, California; between them they have 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
can be reached through his
website at www.winglesswarriors.net/wilkerson/.Also on his
Website, you'll find dozens of vintage racing photos, as well as detailed stats from the history of the California Racing Association