BILL STROPPE

OFF-ROAD RACING PIONEER

By Rick Shandley    

A Short History About The Man Behind The Machines

As Told By

Off-Road Hall Of Fame Inductee

Rod Hall

Much 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 LaMans races and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb projects.

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