Bill Devine; mild mannered businessman by day, but when the weekend comes, meet Wild Bill Devine, hardcore heads-up drag racer!
WILD BILL The nickname Wild Bill, made famous by the Wild West stories and legends of Wild Bill Hickok, is a natural fit for this full of personality, hardcore, heads-up drag racer whose weapon of choice is his big horsepower twin turbo 2001 Mustang Cobra . Now, add in “Devine”, and you have a cross between gunslinger, pro wrestler and most any other tough guy persona that you can think of, which is most likely why Wild Bill Devine has become a favorite with the target on his back in Brian Bossone’s ALL OUT LIVE program and Ian Hill Racing Production’s No-Time 10.5. But really, he’s a nice guy with a cool, wicked fast car that works hard to make his sport the best it can be and attract as many enthusiasts, racers and fans as possible to it.
YOUNG GUN From the age of 18, Devine has been racing. Working in his Grandfather’s auto store as a teenager built his passion for cars and he would eventually work as a mechanic out of high school and then at a few car dealers before moving into his career in performance parts in the late 90s. And it was during those crazy 90s that Bill would get wild with cars and build a name for himself in the world of fast Mustangs, with a big tire twin turbo PRO 5.0 ’89 GT.
The BULLSEYE MUSTANG IS BORN With changing times and class rules, by 2003 Devine would sell the ’89 and move into his 2001 Cobra that had been built for NMRA PRO 5.0. It was purchased as a rolling tube chassis car set up for a small block Ford/manual trans. “This car was built by the original Racecraft owner Mark Wilkerson. It started life as a clutch car which made the choice easy, since my former car was also a clutch car and I planned to put the drivetrain in this newer style roller to be competitive,” Devine explained. The Mustang would go back to Racecraft to have most of the major work done before Bill and his crew finished it up back at his garage…..Read More…Click the magazine image below.