BILL HITE SUPERMODIFIED

  • Sonny Upton. (Private)
    1 year 9 months ago
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    Sonny upton drove the yellow 44 built by my father red upton good to see front of the car I can tell you what the back looks like.Good to see the car bill hite built he made great race cars talked to him one night in the pits at mobile speedway.I raced at meyer speedway Jackson miss and mobile I raced with the men that drove his cars at these speedways.I drove the 44 super modified 1970 to1981.I think all the racers that drove these super modifies were a breed like no other and they loved what they were doing.Bought a drum of fuel from Hugh Richards in mobile to take to Jackson miss to meet up with my father and car coming from Texas city.I flipped my super at Jackson speedway 1978 took me 6 months to put it back together.Some where there is a picture of the wreck.
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      1 year ago
      Sonny, I had the honor of being around your father, the year that Wayne Mcnally drove for him.  He was a good man.  Walter Maynard

      Sonny upton drove the yellow 44 built by my father red upton good to see front of the car I can tell you what the back looks like.Good to see the car bill hite built he made great race cars talked to him one night in the pits at mobile speedway.I raced at meyer speedway Jackson miss and mobile I raced with the men that drove his cars at these speedways.I drove the 44 super modified 1970 to1981.I think all the racers that drove these super modifies were a breed like no other and they loved what they were doing.Bought a drum of fuel from Hugh Richards in mobile to take to Jackson miss to meet up with my father and car coming from Texas city.I flipped my super at Jackson speedway 1978 took me 6 months to put it back together.Some where there is a picture of the wreck.
      • (Anonymously) (Private)
        25 days ago
        Thank you Walter and Tim racing and driving for my father was a blessing if I could do it all over I would not change a thing.After a wreck he would always ask if I was ok and never complained about what was left of the race car.One wreck I got the 44 on its top I was sitting on pavement figuring out what day it was and heard my father ask Poncho Locklin what the hell happen Pancho said Red the throttle stuck Sonny never shut it down so walking back to the pits.my dad asked me what happened I said throttle stuck i got that from Poncho .I had told my dad on way to the track that I thought I could make the turns wide open without backing out of the throttle anyway I never told my dad that's what I tried.Found out it did not go as planned.I think my dad knew.
      • Tim.Shaddock (Private)
        12 months ago
        Sonny, I was a kid when I met your dad Wayne McNally and Walter Maynard and I would drive.to Houston so Wayne could drive the 44 that was great car ran like it was tied to a string.
  • cdnmodman (Private)
    8 years ago
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    Wow, what a find, I remember seeing a few Bill Hite creations run up at Oswego New york. They were some pretty fast machines. Remember Chet Fillip handling one and I think Freddy Graves drove the four week drive version.Great pics. Post the
    restorations pics as work goes on.

    Thanks for podting !!

    Rick
    • Harold Tubbs (Private)
      4 months ago
      Bill Hite is a great friend of mine and a mentor. I was one of the few people to travel with him to many of the races back in the early 70's . If you knew Bill you knew he had a totally different personality . Bill taught me a lot about cars, but I had to prove to him that I was interested in learning. It took me over 6 months to get an invitation to come see his cars there in Jackson Alabama.  I worked a lot of the time with him. Chet Fillip had a couple of Bill's cars and Freddy Graves drove Bill's  cars  up in Osweago. Rat Lane drove some for him on the southern circuit.
      • Dan (Private)
        3 months ago
        Hello,
        I am looking for more information on the four wheel drive version of these cars: what kind of differential do they have? Are the in-board brakes standard or was that a custom modification? Are there any of those cars for sale or any spare drivetrain parts available? Thanks! -Dan 719-213-3583
  • 1 year ago
    Bill built us a car in the winter of 1973 and 1974.  If was driven by Wayne McNally out of Dallas, the # 20 Lot'a Luck.
    We later sold it to John McClaren and it became the Green # 13.  Being around Bill was different to say the lest.
  • Mike Kimble (Private)
    7 years 5 months ago
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    My father, Riley Kimble, was one of the owners of this car, along with the leader of their group Ben Adams and two other owners, Hascal Lowery and Nelson Smith. The car is a Bill Hite built car. It was never run as a four wheel drive, always rear wheel drive only. The car won features in Jackson, Miss and in a special supermodified race held at the old Baton Rouge, LA 5/8 mile. Ikey Jerome was the only driver to drive it except for one night when Ronald Ellsworth drove the car when Ikey was in Oxford watching his son, Scott, play football In one Liberty Bell 300 in Houston the A-frame broke early in the race, they replaced it, and made up a bunch of laps finishing high up in the finishing order. Ikey was recognized after the race by the announcer for putting on such a good performance. Thanks for restoring a true Kimble family memory. Visit Toby Taylor's web site - - for some other great supermodified pictures from the Mississippi area.
  • 7 years 6 months ago
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    Bill Hiter built a lot more 2 wheel drive rear engined cars than he did 4 wheel drive. I think he only built about 4, 4 wheel drive cars. One was the big block that Freddy Graves drove at Oswego, the rest were small blocks. The one I have is a small block model. If the owners of this car need any help with parts or suspension they should give me a call. I built jigs for all the a frames etc. on my car before we raced it at Oswego the first time.
  • June York (Private)
    7 years 8 months ago
    RIGHT FRONT
    My dad's comment when he saw this photo:

    Bill Hite understood steering geometry ie, Roll Centers, bump steer etc before understanding such stuff was cool !
  • Rocketracer (Private)
    7 years 10 months ago
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    Pat,
    This car was driven by Ikey Jerome out of Wesson, Mississippi. I think he may have been the only one to ever drive it. It belonged to Ben Adams and I don't know if it was bought directly from Hite or if it had raced elsewhere first. I also think they only raced it in the south, mainly with the Houston Modified Club out of Texas, but I could be wrong about that. If I remember right, it was a two wheel drive car only.
  • K Pursell (Private)
    7 years 11 months ago
    front
    The old girl's still fighting to get back rolling to have a shot at the front I remember when they first brought these thing to P'cola and Mobile We thought what in the hell is that but we raced against em and watched em and most of us liked him
  • pat york (Private)
    8 years ago
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    any idea who ran this car??-- also notice offset steering wheel-- could this have been a 4- wheel drive car at one time??