Bill Waddill - Hot Rodding History

This book is a biography of racer Bill Waddill and a history of his early hot rodding in the state of Michigan and on the national
level starting in the 1940s when hot rodding first originated and ending when he died in 1989. It is also a history of the Genesee
Gear Grinders, an early Flint, Michigan hot rod club in which Waddill was the first president and was an active member until
1963. This book has 250 pages and over 550 black and white and color photographs of early and vintage hot rodding in a
8" x 10.5" format. Waddill was the first man from east of the Mississippi to set a Bonneville land speed record in 1952 (this is the
car that is shown on the cover) and he set several national drag racing records. He also competed and was very successful in
Reliability Runs, Gymkhanas, the Mexican Carrera Pan-Americana, sports car racing and off-road racing in the Mint 400 and
Baja 500. He attended many early cars show including MHRA's first Autorama in Detroit in 1953 and consistently won "Best Engineered" and top honors in his classes. He counted Mickey Thompson, Wally Parks and Roger Huntington among his many racing friends. This book is unique because it is written by his daughter, and many family stories and current events are
interrelated with the early hot rodding history. Waddill was called the "Best Kept Secret in Racing" by the Bonneville Racing
News and it was reviewed in Jesse James' Garage magazine and on the Hot Rod magazine website. A signed copy is available for $33.00 including media mail shipping by sending payment to Kathy A. Ridley, 3414 Elms Road, Swartz Creek, Michigan 48473. If you would like it personalized, please state to whom. More information email:

All proceeds, after printing costs, are being donated to the Bill Waddill-Ridley Memorial Kettering University Scholarship Fund to benefit students specializing in Automotive Engineering Design or who participate in one of the student racing teams.

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