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From Wikipedia,
Eddie Hill (born March 6, 1936) is a retired American drag racer who won numerous drag racing championships on land and water.Hill had the first run in the four second range (4.990 seconds), which earned him the nickname “Four Father of Drag Racing.” His other nicknames include “The Thrill”, “Holeshot Hill”, and “Fast Eddie”. In 1960, he set the NHRA record for the largest improvement in the elapsed time (e.t.) when he drove the quarter mile in 8.84 seconds to break the previous 9.40-second record.
Hill raced at open competitions and Top Fuel events from 1955 until he retired in 1966. After opening a motorcycle shop, he returned several years later to race motorcycles. He started racing drag boats after attending a drag boat event in 1974 and he won championships in all of the major boat drag racing sanctioning bodies. Hill set the lowest wet elapsed time (e.t.) record with a 5.16-second run, which was lower than the land drag racing record of 5.39 seconds. He quit water drag racing after he suffered broken bones at a crash in Arizona and returned to land drag racing in 1985. Initially underfunded and unsuccessful, Hill set the all-time speed record at a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) event in 1987, becoming the first person to hold both the land and water speed records simultaneously. In 1993, Hill became the NHRA’s oldest Top Fuel champion. When Hill retired in 1999, he had won 12 national season point championships on land or water, and had won more than 100 trophies in motorcycles and 86 drag events between his land and water careers.
In 1947, 11-year-old Hill won the Tri-State Motor Scooter Flat Track championship in Shreveport, Louisiana. After graduating from Longview High School, he graduated from college in 1957 with an industrial technology degree from Texas A&M University.
Land drag racing
Hill’s entered his first drag race at the Flying Fish Lodge in Karnack, Texas in 1955. Hill drove his home-built hot rod to the track and won the event. The hot rod had a Model T frame and an Oldsmobile V8 engine. In 1958, he built his second dragster using parts that his employer allowed him to scavenge while working as a sales engineer at a foundry in Wichita Falls, Texas. He used the dragster to set the Texas state low elapsed time (e.t.) that year with a 9.93-second pass. The following year, Hill won the state championship with a 9.25-second pass at 161 miles per hour (259 kilometers per hour). Hill won his first national event in 1959 in a Hot Gas race at an American Hot Rod Association (AHRA) national championship event in Great Bend, Kansas. Hill earned $500 for an appearance at Inyokern, California to race Jack Chrisman and his Sidewinder dragster. One of his four passes in the 1960 event set the B/Gas dragster record at 163.04 mph (262.39 km/h), so Hill quit his job to become a full-time drag racer. Later that season he set the a new A/Gas low e.t. at 8.84 seconds and set the speed record in the class at 161.29 mph (259.57 km/h).
Hill spent four months designing and seven months building another home-built dragster called the Double Dragon.The machine had two engines, with each engine having its own ring gear and pinion, clutch, and driveshaft. He used four rear racing slick tires in open competitions for faster passes, and two rear slicks in match competitions to produce smokier passes. The machine ripped up the starting line at the 1961 NHRA Nationals at Indianapolis. In 1962, Hill ran 202.70 mph (326.21 km/h) two years after Chris Karamesines had the first 200 mph (320 km/h) pass and two years before Don Garlits had the first official 200 mph (320 km/h) rpass. A speed or e.t. record is first certified official after it is backed up by a different pass within one percent.Hill built his first Top Fuel dragster in 1963 using a Pontiac engine. He had nearly completed a jet-engine powered ultralight dragster in 1963 when the NHRA outlawed all aircraft engines. He built two more Top Fuel Hemi-powered dragsters before he had an engine fire at Green Valley Race City in 1966. “It was one of those fireballs that you couldn’t see through,” Hill said. “I locked up the brakes, and it felt like I needed to turn the wheel to the left, but for some reason, I didn’t. I had to do something that was counterintuitive, and it spooked me.” Hill had managed to steer straight down a course that was lined with trees. Hill had been using the Double Dragon to win matches, which were used to finance his Top Fuel dragster. The Double Dragon had been destroyed in a wreck two months before this fire. The fire tapped his finances and his resolve to drag race.

Motorcycle racing
He stopped racing and opened a motorcycle dealership in Wichita Falls in 1966. The dealership is still open (as of 2008), and it is now the oldest Honda and Kawasaki dealership in Texas. He soon wanted to race again, so he built his own motorcycle and began racing as a 30 year old. He raced in numerous types of motorcycle racing: cross country, drag racing, hare scramble, motocross, road racing, and short track.When Hill participated in a Daytona race in 1971, he had an opening lap at 151 mph (243 km/h), which was faster than factory rider Gary Nixon.Hill continued to race motorcycles and in 1972 and won the Texas state road racing championship. Hill won over 100 trophies in his motorcycle career.
Boat drag racing
Hill attended his first boat drag racing event in 1974 at Austin, Texas.He thought the drivers were “crazy” after he saw a driver being thrown from his boat during a crash. Less than a month later, Hill had stopped motorcycle racing to drag race boats, despite not being able to swim.”Once I hit the water with the boat, I never went back to motorcycles,” Hill recalled. “The power, speed, and acceleration were all things that I had missed since I quit drag racing.” He began racing in a non-blown hydroplane, winning in his first event. In his third race he set the class top speed. In 1975, he set the Southern Drag Boat Association (SDBA) speed record at 137.46 mph (221.22 km/h). In 1976, he switched to nitromethane fuel and set the SDBA record with a 171.81 mph (276.50 km/h) run. He was the SDBA top pointgetter and won the National Drag Boat Association (NDBA) World Fuel & Gas championship. He repeated as champion in both series in 1977, setting the NDBA record with a 170.45 mph (274.31 km/h) run.

Boat that Hill drove to 229 miles per hour, on display at Eddie Hill’s Fun CyclesHill raced an all white blown-fuel hydroplane from 1978 to 1984. He won 55 of 103 races during that time. Hill captured four American Drag Boat Association (ADBA) championships and was the SDBA top points earner in five consecutive years. In 1982, his Top Fuel hydroplane went 229.00 mph (368.54 km/h) at an NDBA event to set the world’s record for a quarter mile water drag at Chowchilla, California. It was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, and it was not broken for 10 years. Hill also set speed records that year in the SDBA (220.76 mph), ADBA (215.82 mph), and International Hot Boat Association (IHBA) (212.78 mph).He became the only racer to hold records in all four associations simultaneously. He won the NDBA Nationals four times including three straight from 1982 until 1984. In 1983 and 1984, Hill won the World Series of Drag Boat Racing championship. The series features two races in each of the four major drag boat racing sanctioning bodies.He won 17 races between 1983 and 1984, and made 29 of 34 final rounds.Before he quit boat drag racing, he had an elapsed time of 5.16 seconds in the wet quarter mile at Firebird Lake in Chandler, Arizona. The e.t. was quicker than Gary Beck’s 5.39-second NHRA Top Fuel dragster record, the first time that the water record was lower than the land record. Hill quit boat racing in October 1984 after a crash at 217 miles per hour.”It was a perfect run,” Hill recalled. “I started to settle the boat back into the water, and then it took off.” His Texas A&M ring was torn off his hand; he suffered seven broken bones, a concussion, & eye injuries.He spent five days in the hospital and was not fully recovered for a year.
Return to drag racing
Hill decided to come back into drag racing for 1985.He purchased Dan Pastorini’s Top Fuel car and salvaged the drag boat engine from the bottom of the lake. He joined one of the most underfunded and least competitive Top Fuel teams. Hill would have quit early in the 1986 season had he not gotten some tuning advice from a competitor that helped make his car more competitive. Fifteen races after returning, he finally got out of the first round at the 1986 Mile High Nationals. Hill made it to the final round of competition, losing to Larry Minor when he lost reverse after his burnout.At the 1987 Chief Auto Parts Nationals, where he was runner-up, Hill set an NHRA record of 285.98 mph (460.24 km/h) In doing so, he became the first person to hold both the land and water quarter mile drag racing speed records simultaneously.

Hill won the first of his thirteen NHRA national events when he beat Joe Amato in final of the 1988 Mac Tools Gatornationals.Amato and Hill met in four final rounds that season, with Hill winning three. On April 9, 1988, he set the first four second elapsed time (4.990 seconds) at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Texas Nationals. Hill made the run on only seven cylinders; the post-run computer readout showed his #7 cylinder failed at launch. Six months later, Hill recorded a 4.936-second e.t. at the NHRA SuperNationals at Houston on October 9, 1988.Hill set the record as the oldest Top Fuel champion when he won the season championship as a 57-year-old. It was his twelfth championship. Hill won a record-tying six of seven national events and 15 events overall.Hill finished in the Top 10 in Top Fuel points for all but one of the years between 1987 and 1995. Between 1994 and 1999, Hill won his final two events in seven finals. When Hill won the 1996 Mile High Nationals, he set the record for the oldest Top Fuel event winner at age 60. He retired in 1999.

“Eddie Hill Rule”
Hill was qualifying for a 1997 event at Sonoma when his car suffered severe vibration as he crossed the finish line. The car went out of control and was completely destroyed. Hill had two broken toes and a shoulder contusion, which were not serious injuries. The run had been fast enough to make Hill the fastest qualifier, and Hill wanted to race his backup car in the first round on the day after the accident. The NHRA had a rule that the car used for qualifying had to be used in the event, so the sanctioning body did not allow him to compete. The rule was changed after the event to allow racers to race on race day even if they do not use the same car.

Innovations
In 1960, he became the first driver to heat his rear tires with a burnout and he was the first driver to use smaller front tires on a dragster in 1958. Hill introduced the aerodynamic front wing to dragsters and charcoal masks for driver safety.

Personal life
Hill is married to Ercie Hill. They met at a boat drag racing event and were married on Valentine’s Day in 1984.She had several roles during his career, including team co-owner, starting line navigator, record taker, pit crew member, business manager, marketing, and public relations.She has written about drag racing in National Dragster, AutoWeek, and Christian Motorsports magazines. Eddie has a daughter named Sabrina and a son named Dustin.

Awards
NHRA ranked him 14th on their Top 50 drivers in 2001.He was inducted in the NHRA Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 1978, and the Texas Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.In 2000, he was inducted in Don Garlits’ International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.Hill was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2002.After he was notified of his nomination, he said

“It’s so much more satisfying to get this award now than posthumously. This way I’ll be able to enjoy it. Honestly, it was a sobering moment when they called and told me I was being inducted along with some of the people I admired most growing up. It gives you reason to pause for a moment and reflect that maybe some good was accomplished along the way.”
In 1988, Hill was selected by Car Craft magazine, Hot Rod Magazine, and the International Hot Rod Association as the Person of the Year.Car Craft magazine’s readers voted him the Top Fuel Driver of the Year after he won the 1993 championship.

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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2015, 10:20:06 AM »
From the NHRA
No. 14: Eddie Hill
Whether on water or land, two wheels or four, Eddie Hill’s driving skill, mechanical ingenuity, and mannered personality combined to make the Texan one of motorsports’ most popular competitors.

From the first time he won with a home-built Model T-framed dragster powered by an Oldsmobile V-8 in 1956 to the last time he graced the winner’s circle in Top Fuel, at the 1996 Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals, Hill, now 65, won 12 national championships on land and water.

From 1959 to 1996, he won 86 races in drag boats and dragsters. Sandwiched between his first 10 years of drag racing on land and the six years he raced on water was an eight-year stint racing motorcycles.

Adding the more than 100 trophies he won racing motorcycles, Hill’s career-win total approaches that of legendary NASCAR driver Richard Petty.

Since his first record-setting performance in 1959, Hill set many marks during his illustrious career. His most famous record—which also was his last—was set when he became the first to pilot a piston-engine dragster to a four-second e.t., a 4.990, on April 9, 1988.

Hill built the chassis of his second dragster in 1958 using aluminum H-beams that he scrounged from his employer while working as a sales engineer for Lufkin Foundry and Machine Co. in Wichita Falls, Texas. With a naturally aspirated, gas-burning Pontiac engine, the Texas A&M engineering graduate set the Texas e.t. record at 9.93 in 1958 with the 1,075-pound car. In 1959, he won the state championship with a time of 9.25 at 161 mph. Hill also won his first major title that year, in Top Gas at the AHRA national championships in Great Bend, Kan.

In 1960, Hill took the major step of quitting his job to race fulltime shortly after earning $500 in appearance money when he traveled to Inyokern, Calif., to race Jack Chrisman and his Sidewinder dragster. One of his four runs in excess of 160 mph at that match set the B/Gas dragster record at 163.04 mph.

That year, with a supercharger on the Pontiac, Hill lowered the A/Gas e.t. record to 8.84 and set top speed for his class at 161.29 mph at the NHRA Nationals in Detroit.

During this home-built era in the sport, when many dragsters were crude in appearance and engineering, Hill spent four months designing and seven months building his second most famous drag car, the Double Dragon. The 92-inch-wheelbase dragster featured side-by-side blown Pontiac gas-burning engines, each with its own clutch, driveshaft, and ring and pinion. Hill ran four rear slicks in open competition and two rear slicks for smokier burnouts at match races. It was with this car that Hill’s tires literally dug holes in the starting line at the 1961 NHRA Nationals in Indianapolis. In 1962, two years after Chris Karamesines picked up the first 200-mph time slip running nitromethane and two years before Don Garlits would run the first official 200, also on nitro, Hill ran 202.70 mph in Hobbs, N.M.

Hill also built his first Top Fueler, a Pontiac-powered machine, in 1963. He built two more using Hemi power before he quit drag racing in 1966 after a disconcerting engine fire at Green Valley Race City in Smithfield, Texas, that not only tapped his resolve but his finances.

“It was one of those fireballs that you couldn’t see through,” Hill said. “I locked up the brakes, and it felt like I needed to turn the wheel to the left, but for some reason, I didn’t. I had to do something that was counterintuitive, and it spooked me.”

In bringing the dragster to a stop, Hill managed to stay within six feet of a straight line on a track that was lined with trees on both sides.

During his stint in Top Fuel, he continued to match race with the Double Dragon, using the money he earned to finance his Top Fueler, but he totaled the Double Dragon in a crash in Oklahoma City two months before the Top Fueler’s demise in Smithfield.

“I had used up the $10,000 I had saved when I was working and all the money I had won,” Hill said.

Hill opened a motorcycle dealership in Wichita Falls, Texas, which he still operates today, and it wasn’t long before the business and his need to build and race something melded together. The 30-year-old Hill soon began racing in all forms of motorcycle competition – short track, hare scramble, motocross, cross country, and road and drag racing.

In Daytona in 1971, he outran the factory-supported Kawasaki riders in early qualifying with his self-built bike. His opening speed of 151 mph was initially faster than factory rider Gary Nixon. In 1972, Hill was the Texas road-racing champion, but by 1974, after having exhausted the fun of outrunning the local racers and with no time to race nationally against the Professionals, Hill sought another outlet to fulfill his need for speed and G forces.

While attending his first drag-boat race in Austin, Texas, in 1974, one of the first things Hill witnessed was a driver being catapulted from his boat in a crash. Hill thought the participants were crazy, but less than a month later, Hill was racing his own boat.

“Once I hit the water with the boat, I never went back to motorcycles,” Hill recalled. “The power, speed, and acceleration were all things that I had missed since I quit drag racing.”

Beginning with a non-blown gas hydroplane, Hill won on his first time out in Oklahoma City, and at his third race, he set the class speed record. In his second year, he set the Southern Drag Boat Association (SDBA) speed record at 137.46 mph. Using the same boat, Hill switched to nitromethane in 1976 and set the SDBA record at 171.81 mph, and in 1977, he set the National Drag Boat Association (NDBA) record at 170.45 mph. He also won the SDBA high-point championship and the NDBA World Fuel & Gas Championships both years.

From 1978 to 1984, Hill raced blown-fuel hydroplanes. His all-white boats soon dominated the liquid quarter-mile. In seven years, he won 55 of 103 races and won every major race at least once. He won the biggest race, the NDBA Nationals, four times, including three straight from 1982 to 1984. In 1983 and 1984, he won the World Series of Drag Boat Racing championship, a yearlong series of races that included two races from each of the sport’s four sanctioning bodies. In those two years, he raced in the final round of 29 of 34 races, winning 17 times. He was American Drag Boat Association (ADBA) world champion four times and the SDBA top points earner five consecutive years.

When he returned to the solid quarter-mile in 1985 and ran the first four, Hill already had put his name in another prominent record book for an equally notorious record in boats. On Sept. 5, 1982, Hill became the fastest quarter-mile boat racer with an NDBA record of 229.00 mph in Chowchilla, Calif. The feat was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records and was not broken for 10 years. Hill also set speed records that year in the SDBA (220.76 mph), the ADBA (215.82), and the International Hot Boat Association (212.78 mph) to become the only racer to hold records in all four associations at the same time.

Hill would race boats for another two years but not before becoming the first to cover the liquid quarter-mile in less than six seconds. Later, his e.t. record of 5.16 at Firebird Lake in Chandler, Ariz., was quicker than the NHRA Top Fuel record of 5.39 set by Gary Beck.

In October 1984, Hill quit boat racing after a severe crash, not to mention the fact that the earnings from all his wins over the years had only been a break-even proposition.

He was clocked at 217 mph that fateful day at Firebird Lake when he was pitched through the hull and into the lake. He suffered seven broken bones, a concussion, injuries to his eyes, and multiple cuts and contusions. He spent five days in the hospital and wasn’t fully healed for a year, but he did ride a motorcycle in pain six weeks after the crash.

“The blown-fuel hydro was a pretty thrilling ride,” Hill said. “It would jump up on top of the water and dance around. You really never knew for sure if you were going to make it to the other end. Of course, a lot of guys didn’t, myself included, but it was a heck of a ride.”

In 1985, when Hill returned to the asphalt quarter-mile, he went from being the best drag boat racer in the world to one of the worst Top Fuel racers. Characteristically, and with the help and ardent support of his wife, Ercie, that didn’t last long.

Hill reappeared in Top Fuel at the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals in 1985 and not surprisingly failed to qualify in only his second time driving a rear-engine Top Fuel dragster. Fifteen races later, at the 1986 Mile-High Nationals, and after almost quitting earlier in the year if not for some tuning advice from fellow Texan Gene Snow, Hill won his first round in NHRA competition. He advanced all the way to the final round, where he lost to Larry Minor when Hill’s reverser failed on the burnout.

At the 1987 Chief Auto Parts Nationals at Texas Motorplex, Hill set the speed record at 285.98 mph en route to a runner-up finish to become the only person in history to hold the water and land quarter-mile speed marks simultaneously.

In 1988, with backing from Super Shops and Pennzoil, Hill won his first of 13 NHRA national events when he defeated Joe Amato in the final at the Mac Tools Gatornationals. The two faced each other in four final rounds that year with Hill winning three of them. A month later, he would run the first four at an IHRA race at Texas Motorplex. His third of four wins that year in five finals came in October at the inaugural Supernationals in Houston, where he won his semifinal match with a national record 4.990 and a ran a 4.936 in the final. The first four and the later fours in Houston were indicative of Hill’s mechanical talent; he ran history’s first four with a two-speed transmission and set the national record with a direct-drive.

In 1993, Hill was at the pinnacle of his long drag racing career. He won a record-tying six NHRA national events in seven finals to win the 1993 Winston Top Fuel championship, his 12th overall. From 1987, when he first finished in the Winston Top 10, Hill finished out of the Top 10 only once in the next nine years. He won two more times in seven finals from 1994 until 1999 when lack of sponsorship forced him to retire at the end of the year. The physically and mentally youthful Hill, who was 60 when he won for the last time in 1996, remains the oldest winner of a Professional eliminator in NHRA history and a member of the Drag Racing Hall of Fame. —Bruce Dillashaw.
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2015, 05:34:29 PM »
The Thrill.
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2015, 05:39:05 PM »
The Thrill.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2015, 05:43:03 PM »
The Thrill.
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2015, 07:19:27 PM »
A very innovative dragster !  I don't see any headers for the center exhaust though; were they routed underneath ?

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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2015, 10:01:19 AM »
A very innovative dragster !  I don't see any headers for the center exhaust though; were they routed underneath ?
Tom,
 This is the best pic of the motors I have.Looks like he ran them underneath.Last pic is by Dave Downs.
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2015, 04:41:53 PM »
Thanks for the pic.

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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2015, 11:12:16 AM »
Thanks for the pic.
Any time.Hill's twin with single pair of slicks.
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2015, 11:15:23 AM »
Eddies twin with a full painted body and much longer wheelbase.
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2015, 08:28:21 PM »
Early dragster.
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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2015, 08:29:40 PM »
One of Eddie's first blown 392 fueled hemis in an Eddie Hill chassis far lane).
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« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2015, 08:31:10 PM »
More.
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« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2015, 08:32:14 PM »
Full body.
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« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2015, 08:32:53 PM »
May, 1971 - Oklahoma City.
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« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2015, 07:21:28 PM »
Eddie Hill is the only person to have simultaneously held speed records on both land & water.
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« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2015, 07:24:09 PM »
The Texan.
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« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2015, 10:44:29 AM »
Eddie's last boat race - 10-28-1984 Firebird Lake, Phoenix, Arizona.
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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2016, 10:06:22 PM »
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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2016, 10:08:07 PM »
A few of Eddie's other boats.
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« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2016, 10:16:34 PM »
My Negatives.
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« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2016, 10:24:04 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2016, 10:25:35 PM »
First four-second run in history 4.990 E.T., 288.55 mph - Texas Motorplex - Ennis, Texas.
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« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2016, 10:29:43 PM »
A few more.
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2016, 10:30:26 PM »
Eddie's blow over
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2016, 10:31:11 PM »
Photo by John Drummond
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #27 on: March 12, 2016, 06:13:07 PM »
Eddie Hill.
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #28 on: September 10, 2016, 01:07:55 AM »
EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #29 on: September 10, 2016, 01:10:06 AM »
EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #30 on: September 10, 2016, 01:10:57 AM »
EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #31 on: February 13, 2017, 05:51:49 PM »
A few more.
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #32 on: February 14, 2017, 01:25:31 PM »
A little off topic, but here is Eddie with his darned cool Lola T70 street car!
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #33 on: February 14, 2017, 03:41:28 PM »
A little off topic, but here is Eddie with his darned cool Lola T70 street car!
The car in the photo is Lola T70 MkIII Coupe Chassis No. SL73/117. It was first sold to James Garner for his American International Racing Team and ran the '69 Daytona 24 hrs finishing 2nd. Garner sold it and it was used in the George Lucas film THX1138. It ended up with Eddie and he and Ercie used it as their wedding car.
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #34 on: February 27, 2017, 08:42:34 PM »
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2017, 07:03:23 PM »
Eddie Hill T/F Hydro, "The Texan".
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« Reply #36 on: August 03, 2017, 11:24:37 AM »
A very innovative dragster !  I don't see any headers for the center exhaust though; were they routed underneath ?
Tom,
 This is the best pic of the motors I have.Looks like he ran them underneath.Last pic is by Dave Downs.

Hi, This is Eddie The Thrill Hill, - I just registered here and this is my first post.
Yes, I did run the center exhaust pipes down and pointed to the rear.

A huge THANK YOU! for posting all these great pictures, and helping to keep the memories alive.

I am road racing now, and having a blast.

Cheers,

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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #37 on: August 03, 2017, 01:09:07 PM »
A very innovative dragster !  I don't see any headers for the center exhaust though; were they routed underneath ?
Tom,
 This is the best pic of the motors I have.Looks like he ran them underneath.Last pic is by Dave Downs.

Hi, This is Eddie The Thrill Hill, - I just registered here and this is my first post.
Yes, I did run the center exhaust pipes down and pointed to the rear.

A huge THANK YOU! for posting all these great pictures, and helping to keep the memories alive.

I am road racing now, and having a blast.

Cheers,

Eddie The Thrill Hill
aka Eddie FourFather Hill  (First in the Fours, Father of the fours}

Eddie, welcome aboard !  It's an honor to have you.    I'm sure that you have a few stories to tell.

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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #38 on: August 03, 2017, 05:03:10 PM »
Welcome Eddie,
 Sure do miss seeing You,Ercie & Fuzzy at Sears Point on Friday nights.I just have 1 question.I'am sure you had fun doing Boats & the Dragster's But what was your favorite of the 2 ?
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #39 on: August 04, 2017, 07:49:12 PM »
A very innovative dragster !  I don't see any headers for the center exhaust though; were they routed underneath ?
Tom,
 This is the best pic of the motors I have.Looks like he ran them underneath.Last pic is by Dave Downs.

Hi, This is Eddie The Thrill Hill, - I just registered here and this is my first post.
Yes, I did run the center exhaust pipes down and pointed to the rear.

A huge THANK YOU! for posting all these great pictures, and helping to keep the memories alive.

I am road racing now, and having a blast.

Cheers,

Eddie The Thrill Hill
aka Eddie FourFather Hill  (First in the Fours, Father of the fours}

Welcome to the site, I've watched you race many a time, both on land and water. Thanks for the "Thrills"! We ran a Cole TAH  called "Airtime" (ex Jim Epler) here in  the Pacific Northwest and BC.
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #40 on: August 08, 2017, 10:46:48 AM »
Eddie Hill
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #41 on: September 29, 2017, 06:27:50 PM »
Eddie Hill Willow Run Raceway Okla City 1966
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #42 on: October 07, 2017, 04:39:27 PM »
My latest ride-


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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #43 on: October 07, 2017, 05:17:31 PM »
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #44 on: October 07, 2017, 06:00:25 PM »
That must be fun to throw around the corners! Enjoy!
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #45 on: October 07, 2017, 11:55:38 PM »
My latest ride-
That looks like a blast. Funny thing, the colour of that car is similar to the Formula Atlantic car I crewed on in the late 80's.
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Re: EDDIE "THE THRILL" HILL'S DRAG CARS & BOATS
« Reply #46 on: October 08, 2017, 12:09:14 AM »
1964 ?
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