Let’s start from the beginning…I started building race cars in 1958. Most of them were stock cars and raced at Seekonk Speedway (Action Track of the East.) I was 14 years old and building competitive cars that were outstanding winners. Put in roll bars and crash bars, built headers and fabricated wheels and heavy-duty spindles for stock car racing. In 1961, I started building drag cars at the age of 16. I built gassers, 1941 Willys BB/G. I fabricated chassis, headers, built streetcars. In 1963, worked with Bob Tasca Sr. to build the ‘63 Fairlane AFX car.
Built King and Marshall AA/F dragster. In 1965, I opened a fabrication shop devoted to race car building. From 1965 to 1980, I built, modified more than 400 cars, 22 national record holders. Worked on cars for Tasca Ford, Frank Federici, King and Marshal, Thomas T. Ciccone, Jr., and Paul Newman. Was on the backup team for Mario Andretti at the Indy.
In 1969, built Jay Leno’s 1968 Oldsmobile 442. In 1968-69, campaigned a C-Sport Racer, won the Region I Points Champion for car, driver, and crew. In 1970, raced Trans-Am 1968 Camaro, was the fastest un-sponsored car. During the seventies, built T-Buckets, roadsters, drag cars, wheel standers, funny cars, also built several motorcycles. I was lucky to do all this work at a time when it was fun. My performance center was East Providence Welding Company, a leader in the car racing industry in Southern New England, innovating new techniques; such as, modifying suspensions on muscle cars.
In 1982-1983, I was crew chief for offshore powerboat racing team Class 5 (Newport Is Sports) won World Champion both years.
I now live in Tucson, Arizona. While driving around Southern Arizona I noticed a lot of old cars. So, on September 22, 2012 I decided to get back into cars. With my extensive background in building race cars. I started Old Iron AZ LLC, a Select Listing Service, we offer personal service to both seller and buyer. This is who I am, for the record.
“A word from Bill & Miki Abatecola“
Some of my background: I started racing in 1961 and from 1964 to 1980, owned and operated East Providence Welding in Rhode Island. I raced, built, and modified more than 400 vehicles: funny cars, gassers, AA fuel dragsters, wheel-standers, custom rods, plus a variety of other cars.
Some of the cars I built and worked on were owned by:
Tasca Ford, King & Marshall, Frank Federici, Joe Vanni, Jay Leno’s 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Red Convertible, Thomas T. Ciccone, Jr., and countless others.