Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Bill Becker from Paso Robles, CA, who owns and races a 1933 Willys Sedan Delivery.
How did you get interested in drag racing?
We had a drag racer that lived next door when I was a kid in Southern California. I got to go with him to the tracks and have wanted to pursue it since then.
When and where was your first drag race?
First legal race was in 1982. At Famoso (Bakersfield).
What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
I’ve got a 1933 Willys Sedan Delivery. Mild steel chassis, fiberglass body and 565 Chevy for power.
Does your car have a nickname?
What's under the hood?
565 Reher-Morrison. Dyno at 1037hp.
Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
I have your Top Sportsman Powerglide.
Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
The Top Sportsman powerglide is one of the best built on the market. I like American-made. The trans has never let me down. It’s a very consistent piece.
Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
I can’t answer in three words.
Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Jungle Jim & Stevie Jackson
If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1966 double frame rail carbon Chevy Nova
What is your proudest drag racing moment?
In 2018 I won the California Hot Rod Reunion in my class. My daughter was there to celebrate with me.
Why do you race?
I have many, many friends that I have accumulated over the years. All of them are like family to me and my family. I also have lost a few to the circle of life. Those I take with me on every pass down the track.
What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Staying focused and running my race, one at a time.