When the Hall of Fame was transfered from a USAC property into a not-for-profit corporation in April... of 1999 midget racing’s premier writer Bill Hill was selected as the first President.
A graduate of the University of Illinois with a major in journalism, Bill became the publicity director for the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association in 1959. His racing column “Hill on Wheels” was a top read in Speed Sport News. In 1963 Bill began announcing races including the Belleville High Banks events. In 1966 he did a P.R. stint for J.C. Agajanian, but it was his decision in 1971 to go racing full time that led to a job as Assistant News Director at USAC. That led to his position in 1973 with Don Smith and the Terre Haute Action Track as the Assistant Motor Racing Director. Those years in the 1970s were the glory years with ABC’s Wide World of Sports which brought short track racing into national prominence.
Bill, with the help of his wife Ruby documented the history of midget racing in America’s heartland and the Colorado RMMRA with his books, “One Tough Circuit” and “Decades of Daring”. At the time of his induction he was working on the midget history of the Mid-west clubs and tracks.