The most dominant feature about Bill Hannon is his tall lanky physic. The next prominent physical quality about Bill is the number of tattoos adorning Bill's arms, but the most predominant feature strikes you after you talk to him for a while. Tattoos can't have any effect on mental ability, because unless Bill Hannon was smarter than he is now, his intelligence is loftier than his height.
Join me under the BPM Racing tent as Bill answers my questions with perception and ease. Simply put, Bill is a racing team owner…simply put…he is worth a listen...because he is a tick above smart. I could pile a few good words on Bill to embellish those smarts, but just talking to Bill Hannon explains why I call this guy…bright. Have a seat beside us…
DOB: September 18, 1950 … HOME TOWN: West Palm Beach, Florida
Why Motorcycle Drag Racing?
"I'd hate to make a public statement that I was suffering from a sever head trauma."
Who are your Heroes?
Can you enlighten us about your plans for next season?
"We're building a new ProStock from the ground up. Not sure of the events, but we have a new body being teched for approval by the NHRA."
What's your primary business?
"I own several Tattoo studios. Racing is a business for us."
What do you like most about your job?
"Driving them behind us. The challenge. Racing is a fast moving industry. Something always has to be done. A challenge has to be met. It's a never-ending science project. Can't let it sit."
What do you like least about your job?
"The expense of it. Not enough time to spend with the spectators. The intensity of racing prevents it. Fans misconceive our focus for being rude. A human's life depends on our decisions. We want to send the racer back to his family in the same way he came to us."
If you could change one thing about motorcycle drag racing, what would it be?
"I would want more TV exposure. We spread ourselves too thin."
Do you have time for a hobby?
"Playing with my cat…Imagene. And surfing."
What do you do to relax?
Do you have any special mental preparations to do your job?
"It's natural. Like breathing."
What's most important?
1.Fame 2.Money 3.Thrill/fun 4.Winning
"None of the above. Health and happiness. It gets the rest."
What ethic, what plan do you stress to your race team, so they get the most out of every ride?
"The basic thing is it's a 'we' effort. We got the material, backing, knowledge, and we plan on winning."
Are you happy?
"Most assuredly. Married 31 years. (Teresa) Happiest 31 years I've ever had. I can't say that about motorcycles. I've had a bunch of those."
What could make you happier?
"For my father and Teresa's father to get well."
"I want to thank everybody for their 'fanship' and encouragement, and wish everyone out there the best they could achieve. God bless you all, and I love this country."
Bringing interviews with racers and race owners to the Internet for all of us to share is no easy task…travel, waiting, photos, asking, writing, rewriting…HTML…but I can assure you it's big fun. Each new encounter brings out human qualities that are worthy of sharing. Bill Hannon exemplifies this task, because after the interview I had to say to myself…this was big fun. I surveyed many words to describe Bill Hannon. The dictionary has many words for smart, and almost all of them imply dignity as well. The choice was tough but we settled on one smart word for Bill:
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