Author tells of thrill of success
The Matamata Lions had guest speaker Bill Ward at a recent dinner meeting.
Bill is an author, Bonneville Salt Flats race driver, electric guitar builder and a musician. He spoke mainly on his book, Three Times in a Row, and race driving.
As he spoke, you could have heard a pin drop.
He spoke of his struggles to participate overseas, the costs involved and the thrill of succeeding. He has raced at The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah several times and still holds the speed record for a particular class for type of car – 171.395 mph.
In his book, he said: ‘‘ Very few men in their lifetimes will ever know the opportunity, the thrill and the elation of a full throttle run down the long black line on the white salt flats of Utah.
‘‘Each man makes his try – not for glory, not for money, but to prove to himself that through his ingenuity, unlimited to things mechanical and innumerable hours of toil, he may bring home a trophy . . .’’
Matamata Rose Society member Irene Taylor with her champion of champions rose Invincible.