SCORE Journal Issue 7 - 2016

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M uch has been written about Bill Stroppe and his accomplishments in motorsports. His resume was already solid for his reputation for building reliable and strong vehicles for road racing, drag racing, rally, stock car, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and more. In fact, the list goes on dating all the way back to 1947. This was long before Stroppe got into off- road racing in the mid-1960's. After managing the Ford Motor Company's West Coast Racing operations for many years, with several hiccups along the way, Ford's Mercury division scrapped their stock car involvement for good in 1964. In another deal, however, Ford had partnered with the Holman-Moody organization of which Stroppe joined the program to race the Ford GT- 40 in the LeMans races and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb projects. Adversity knocked again when Stroppe got some A SHORT HISTORY ABOUT THE MAN BEHIND THE MACHINES AS TOLD BY OFF- ROAD HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ROD HALL BILL STROPPE OFF-ROAD RACING PIONEER BY RICK SHANDLEY PHOTO COURTESY FORD MOTOR ARCHIVES. BILL STROPPE (L) WITH PARNELLI JONES (R) 038 SCORE JOURNAL

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