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As a dedicated fan and supporter of the late Bill Lenz, it would be an honour and privilege to include him in our profile pages. The article below was written by myself to the best of my knowledge and through my experiences as a spectator and fan in the 60's and 70's, highlighting the man and his cars. - Stockcars.za.org Admin

A driver with nerves of steel. Bill Lenz would always push his car to the limits, often demonstrating some almost impossible overtaking manoeuvres around the Goodwood Oval. Truly an exciting and spectacular driver to watch, often keeping spectators on their toes  with his aggressive driving style. In the late 60's Bill had already perfected the technique of throwing his car into a spectacular drift around the wide Goodwood corners while still hugging the inside. Bill started off as a stock car driver and also raced a blue Henry J before becoming one of the founder members of the CHD. He was also nominated as club captain which included the scrutinising of all the cars before each event. This was surely a huge task and an altogether different kind work to his day job which was that of a chemical technician.

In the early 70's, Bill would often give the crowd some entertainment in the late afternoon by doing a couple of ramp to ramp jumps on a motor cycle. I can also remember a soccer match between the drivers which was also on the program for the spectators entertainment. With Bill's bad luck he somehow managed to break his ankle during the match which put him out of action for the next few race meetings. My first view of Bill's stock car was from the grand stand with the opening of the 1967/68 season. In those days there was no open stand running around the track, but only a flimsy wire fence with a service road running around the perimeter. I suddenly heard the sound of a thundering V8 and as I looked up, saw an aggressive looking black and gold 57 Ford accelerating down the service road. The car with a bold white 32 on the doors and fluttering skull & cross-bone  flag on the roof caught my eye and since then became a huge fan. The car also sported the inscription “Baby”  painted in white fancy cursive  lettering across each fender.

It was around this time that he also tried his hand at some off road racing which was at the time something new at Killarney. The car used was an orange Sandmaster which was raced with some reasonable success together with Johnny van Niekerk in a beach Buggy. Bill, switched to a much later model in 1971, a 1969 Ford Fairlane which was only two years old at the time. The car was also sponsored by Revue Motors and made it's debut appearance at Killarney, where the CHD was given an opportunity to run their new cars around the main circuit  before the opening of the Goodwood Hell Driving season. It was quite a spectacular site to watch Bill roaring around a large tar circuit in his big Ford, and almost getting it sideways coming out of the Malmesbury sweep corner. Bill went on to race this car at Goodwood for most of the 1971 season with great success until he decided to “call it a day” - the car was then passed onto his Half-Brother Mickey Lennox who used to always support Bill in the pits and regularly take his car around the oval for the parade lap. On one occasion, I had the privilege of accompanying him on one of those parade laps in 1971 when I was 16 years old. At that time Bill would stand on the infield keeping a watchful eye on Mickey's driving as he rounded the track during race events.

I'm sure that Mickey must have received a lot of tips and encouragement from his older Brother, as he soon developed a similar type of driving style as Bill. Mickey raced this car for many more races until there wasn't much left of the car to race with anymore. Truly a top driver of the era – Bill will always be remembered and sadly missed by his fans. We hope that this profile has brought you some fond memories of  one of the most exciting drivers to be seen at the Goodwood Oval at the time.  

(The late) Bill Lenz - Car # 32

A Cape Hell Drivers founder member

Club Captain and Scrutiniser

A Driver with nerves of steel

One of the most exciting drivers of the time

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By Gary van Oudtshoorn

February 2013

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For the following season Bill opted for a more compact car, a 62 Ford Falcon with the same colours and sponsored by Kinsky Motors and Spray-a-car. The car also featured a high wing at the back and was believed to have had 8 carburettors. In 1969 he obtained sponsorship from Revue Motors in Maitland with a new 57 Ford, and changing his colour scheme to Orange and Gold. This car was extremely well prepared and always arrived in an immaculate condition for each race. Bill Raced this car with reasonable success and as if that was not enough, even entered a second car to race with also sponsored by Revue Motors under the number 132. I don't know if Bill was superstitious or if he just felt that his old colours brought him more luck, but the car arrived at the pits with a black and gold colour scheme. On the right back door was the inscription “Baby Come Back” and also included a large black skull & cross-bone painted on the boot and just underneath was another inscription  “Fate” - that season saw Bill switching cars for every race and finding himself being in more races than anybody else.

Dicing wheel to wheel, Bill Lenz and Ian Little are engaged I a tussle with Bill eventually getting the best of it.

Bill in the “Baby Come Back Ford” getting through on the inside of Sakkie Burger

(Late) Louis Borel Saladin