Farewell to Bill Sutherland

Sad new comes to us with the passing of former Western Australian Speedcar and Sprintcar Great Bill Sutherland.

Bill passed away peacefully in the Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital in Perth on Tuesday 26th March. He was surrounded by his loving family and also by Bill’s side was Perth Motorplex Track Chaplin Reverend Terry Dorrington.

Bill was officially farewelled and his life celebrated at his funeral held at Bowra & O’Dea’s Chapel in Hilton – Perth on Friday 5th April. Together with friends and family, a host of Speedway dignitaries attended with names like former Australian Speedcar Champion John Fenton and Speedway Promoter and Commentator Con Migro both being present.

Bill Sutherland plays up to the camera and prepares to do battle at the now defunct Melbourne Speedbowl way back in 1982. Bill's challengers that night were the top locals and none other than Bob Trostle and his American Touring Sprintcar Team. That is the man Bill was - nothing phased him and he had a beautiful controlled driving style. Photo from Paul Griffin's 80's archives

Bill, a farmer from the WA country town of Kalannie, will be remembered for his wit, generosity and jovial nature.

In the early eighties Bill travelled across the Nullarbor with his iconic #23 Pizza Hut Sprintcar and went racing in the Eastern States. He competed in many events and won the praise of local fans for his gutsy driving style.

Pictured is Bill in 1982 in his instantly recognisable Sprinter at the now defunct Melbourne Speedbowl. That night Bill attended the Laverton Clayway to race against locals like Max Dumesny and none other than Bob Trostle’s Traveling Race Team from America that featured Rick Unger, Tim Green and Jack Hewitt.

This great man will be sadly missed by many folk, and to Bill’s extended family, we on behalf of Speedway Fans across the nation send our sincere condolences.

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