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Penticton drag racer leaves opponents in smoke

Bill Boult enjoyed a successful drag racing season in his 1969 Camaro winning the International Hot Rod Association Summit Series championship. - Submitted
Bill Boult enjoyed a successful drag racing season in his 1969 Camaro winning the International Hot Rod Association Summit Series championship.
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A few things helped Bill Boult win the International Hot Rod Association Summit Super Series championship: experience and his 1969 Camaro, that he has been able to perfect with countless hours of tender loving care.

“I do spend a lot time tuning it,” said Boult of the 600 cubic inch engine with 900 horsepower big block Chev. “Making it do what I want on the race track,  there is a little bit of luck involved.”

With 15 years of oval track racing to his credit, he has used that knowledge towards drag racing success, which he has been doing since the late ‘90s.

Boult’s wife Margo also gets plenty of credit as she helps him with various duties. The couple has been involved in various types of racing all their married life.

“The family that races together stays together,” said Boult, who has two sons.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Margo, adding with a laugh she is commonly called the pit bitch.

Boult also won in Kelowna, earning free entry into next season. Last weekend, the final race of the season, he won though it didn’t matter.

“He has already got enough points nobody can catch him,” said Margo.

“It was a very successful year for me in that way,” said Boult, a four-timepoints champion at Thunder Mountain Raceway in Kelowna.

Part of Boult’s enjoyment in the sport is preparing and building the car. He’s a mechanic who owned an automotive shop for 27 years focused on working on performance vehicles. The other aspect he loves is the competition and proving what the vehicle can do.

“It feels a bit like a car show,” he said, crediting his sponsor Brutus Truck Bodies for making it look good.

Boult’s interest in racing started with his brother Wayne, who was involved with a group but didn’t race. When they faded away, Boult took over. Next season Boult and his wife hope to compete in the United States. He will make a few changes to his car to maintain his success, however, Boult said the main thing is to get in a lot of races.

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