January 2, 2009 began just like any other day, but when the hillside began to slide down, tons of trees, rock and mud destroyed the metal building that housed the auto repair business owned by Sandy, Oregon resident Bill King. King says “people and churches came together to help me” and he was able to move his business several blocks away and Bill’s Automotive Repair re-opened in April of that same year.
In the 1980’s Bill King was dating the daughter of the mayor in the town of Sandy. Three decades later, King, was successful in his bid to run for mayor in that same town. King has worked well with the Chamber of Commerce and city leaders to promote growth and the thriving community it has become.
When not at his shop or City Hall, Bill King loves to race his 1961 Falcon at Woodburn Dragstrip. Racing in Super Pro in the Sunoco Race Fuels Series, his racecar launches hard and crosses the stripe at over 160 mph in 8.3 seconds. Bill was a member of the 2011 Woodburn Dragstrip ET Finals team, traveling to Idaho’s Firebird Raceway for competition against the best in the Northwest. The team earned second place from the 16 teams competing at that event. Recently King was very successful at the Woodburn Dragstrip NHRA National Dragster Challenge. In the finals, King took the win over Danny Wargnier by running 8.356 at 182.92 mph. With a “Wally” added to his trophy collection, Woodburn Dragstrip is happy to name Bill King as a Featured Flyer.