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As last month’s column ended, Mike Jones, GM of OCIR, had just recommended that I talk with Bill Thomas, concerning the position he had vacated there to manage OCIR. Taking Mike’s advice was certainly correct.
WOW, what a deal! Bill was an amazing person. He made me his PR chief and in charge of their huge Chevrolet Performance Parts Dept. It was truly wine & roses until General Motors put a lid on performance in 1970, to concentrate on small cars and economy.
The Bill Thomas Company… Sadly Bill passed away recently (Oct. 2009) just prior to my starting this series. His personal touch, recounting the racing lore of the '60s and how much he meant to drag racing of that era, albeit behind the scenes, would have been invaluable!