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Old 06-13-2010, 04:42 PM
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OK there old time Tampa Bay Racing fans and trivia buffs,
who’s in the #15 Sportsman car pictured here:

A few clues:

1. These shots are at Sunshine Speedway,
Circa – early 60’s.

2. This driver went on to drive Sprint Cars on
occasion but was most notable with his
accomplishments later on in Late Models
primarily at both Sunshine & Golden Gate
as well as other tracks around Florida.

3. Kenny Alderman – this should be a slam-dunk for you.




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Old 06-15-2010, 10:50 AM
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I really don't know. If the photos were more clear, maybe I could figure it out. I don't think it is one of my relatives. Number 15 could be a Riddle. It almost looks like Billy Gill.
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:14 PM
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DING..DING…DING..DING..you nailed it Kenny.

It is indeed Billy Gill.

I was quite surprised when I ran across this shot of
him driving this car back in the early 60’s.

At first I thought the car was a jalopy but he’s on
track with the Sportsman cars so I assume it’s a
Sportsman car also.

Here's the one shot again without the name blacked-out.



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Old 06-19-2010, 11:53 AM
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I think it is a modified because I think it has three carbs. When I think of Billy, not only was he a great driver, but very helpful to me in my early racing days. I met his youngest son Steve at Desoto a couple of months ago. He seemed to be just as nice a man as his Dad. He thinks Billy is about 80 now.
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Old 06-20-2010, 01:16 PM
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Yes, agreed on the great driver opinion
as well as being a good man.

Actually, as you may or may not remember, there was a time
after I first broke into the Late Model ranks in 1974 that he
and I had a hell of a rivalry going for the LM Championship.

I remember getting so upset with him at Sunshine one night
when he spun me off of Turn 2 in the feature that I kept it
gassed-up through the first revolution, then got it pointed
through the infield on the Figure Eight track and tried to
T-bone him on the front chute when he came off of turn 4,
but missed him completely and drove right into the front
straight-away wall.

Not one of my finer moments and matters worse, resulted
in several days missed work with my hospital stay.

However a few years later when the chips were down,
he among many others stood up to the well for which
I will be eternally grateful.






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