Au­thor tells of thrill of success

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.