Bill Fraley
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  • Greensboro, NC
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About Me:
38-year-plus SCCA member, raced a yellow FF Winkelmann WDF-2 for 3 years in SCCA SE Div Regionals and Nationals in the early 1970s. My 1st drivers' school was @ VIR in 1971.

Have owned the 1966 Nickey Chevrolet McLaren M1B, Mk II, chassis #001 since 1969, when I purchased it fm George Alderman and Brett Lunger in New Castle, Delaware. Car is on the cover of July, 1966 R&T magazine. It was driven when new by Charlie Hayes and had partial sponsorship also by "Hoss" Cartwright(Dan Blocker) of the TV Series "Bonanza".

The primary sponsor was the famous "Nickey backwards-K" Chevrolet Dealership in Chicago, the largest Chevy dealer West of the Mississippi and famous for its' envolvement in automotive competition. Tom Stephanis' dad was one of the principals @ Nickey and Tom very actively campains a USRRC/Can-Am Genie in Vintage today!! The car was also in the movie "Winning" with Paul Newman, in a "Wink" commerical and driven around Central Park from the Tavern On The Green by Bruce McLaren to announce the 1967 Can-Am Series!!

See photo below from the original press kit with Dan and Charlie shaking hands. The front cover of the press kit was a cartoon of the car, below. Interesting note: Directly behind the carbs on the tail section was lettered in quotes......."PURE HOSS-POWER"!!! The car was campained in the USRRC series and the early Can-Am Series. George Alderman and Brett Lunger also did quite well with the car and George won the Marlboro Cup in this car as well as other important events. Brett drove the car @ Nassau Speed Week as well and went on to do a stint in Formula One before retiring.

I am the third owner. We ran it once @ Watkins Glen in a 1970 Trans-Am/SCCA National with Bill Cannon up. I know I have a HUGE learning curve ahead to transition fm FF to this rocketship, not to mention the many years I have not driven in "anger". I'll need all the help & guidance I can get fm the vintage community.

Went to Jim Jones @ Traco Racing Engines in Culver City, Calif.(www.tracoengineering.com) and did the correct R&T motor with the 58 DCO-3 side-draft Webers, directly fm the 1966 build sheets. Jim now lives in NASCAR country @ Lake Norman, North Carolina & his shop is in Denver on "Racing Drive"!!! Re-build is on-going and our progress can be viewed soon @ www.mccainautomotive.com.

Also was heavily involved with the FCA(ferraris), and owned a 1968 330 GTC, sn#11247, a 308 gts and a Mondial. Was a head concours judge/3 member team @ the 1994 FCA meet(Pebble Beach) and Judged also @ Watkins Glen, Elkhart Lake, Pinehurst, Savannah, Summit Point, VIR, Road Atlanta, ect. for 10+ years.

Thanks for the VRL!!!!....
p.s....Also own a 34M mile 1971 280 SL(Arabian Grey/Blk MB-tex) that my mom bought new.
What car(s) do you own?
1. McLaren Elva/MkII-M1B, chassis #001, 1966, Nickey Chevrolet/Charlie Hayes/George Aldermann/Brett Lunger USRRC/Can-Am racecar & Road & Track cover car.
2. 280SL Mercedes-Benz 1971; Arabian Grey/Black MB-Tex interior removable hardtop coupe/convertible
3. 2nd owner 330GTC Ferrari, 1968, sn #11247...now Rosso Chiarro(red) w/bisquit leather & Pininfarina trip covers...sold in 2000 & presently in California.
What do you like to do (e.g. vintage race with...)?
finishing my race car for Vintage events
What clubs do you belong to?
SCCA, past FCA member
What would you like to do (e.g. go to race school; get into Vintage Racing)?
finishing my race car for vintage events
Historic Cars Owned
1966 McLaren-Elva MkII M1B, chassis 30-001, 1968 Ferrari 330GTC, sn#11247, 1971 280 SL Mercedes-Benz coupe/roadster, 1980 Ferrari 308 and 1982 Ferrari Mondial 8 coupe.

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At 3:44pm on March 29, 2010, Stephen Page said…
Dear Bill

Thank you for being part of our VRL community.
Would you have an interest in learning more about our business
objective - aggregating the supply and demand side of the global
$50 billion car aficionado market?

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At 5:14pm on July 6, 2009, Jim Jones said…
Bill, that will work, just one catch..... put the wheels back on. Nothing going on here. I think the world is on hold..at least in Mooresville>>>>>>>> Jim
At 5:21pm on July 2, 2009, Jim Jones said…
All you have to do is bump start it!!!!!!!!!!
At 8:43pm on July 1, 2009, William Kling said…
Hi Bill,

Thank you in advance for sending the photos and the other information on the 330 GTC that you restored. I am looking forward to receiving them.

Regards, Bill Kling
At 11:29am on April 15, 2009, Stephen Page said…
Hi Bill
You really got this site - great Home Page :-))
Thank you for inviting your friends to join.
Warmest regards - Stephen
At 9:57am on April 15, 2009, Gary Allen said…
Bill,

Your friend from The Club (Sportime), I finally got a round to joining, hope it will take my mind off the IRS today!

Go Fast!
At 8:14am on April 13, 2009, john finger said…
bill, good to hear from you. not going to make vir,but trying to get ready for th mitty at road atlanta with my stock car the first of may. i did drive with harry in vee and super vee. it was one of my best driving deals. i amy not much on this computer talk i hope you get this. john
At 6:06pm on January 25, 2009, Tom Stephani said…
Hi Bill,
I now have a profile up.
Tom Stephani
At 5:39pm on July 22, 2008, Stephen Page said…
Dear Bill
Welcome to MyVRL.
Thank you for the great profile and pictures.
Please invite your friends to join.
I look forward to meeting you.
All the best - Stephen
At 4:05pm on July 22, 2008, Don Fogleman said…
Have you any contact with Bill Culpepper? He restored and has a number of muscle cars, and you would not believe the attention to details he puts into each car. Even going to airport to purchase leaded fuel for the correct smell, right down to the correct magnets in speedometers, etc.
 
 
 

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