July 14th, 2004
MnHPVA Meeting
Meeting Report: Tim Dunsworth
Photos & HTML: Mark Stonich
It was a beautiful evening (for a change this "summer"), so we stayed outside until about 7:45 looking over some new bikes and trying out a few.
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Mark made a very sad announcement that Bill Murphy of the Chicago area WISIL club died during the Kenosha velodrome races on Saturday, July 10th.

He had just completed the first run of the day in the 1 km standing start time trial and collapsed right after the start/finish line with a massive heart attack. He was known to have some health problems relating to his diabetes, but nothing that would have suggested such serious heart problems.

Many of our club members have known and liked Bill for ten years or so, since he was very active in WISIL and in HPRA racing and even came up here several times for ice races and for our short-lived race date at the Dakota county Tech College track. He raced mostly on a stock Tour Easy with a large ZZipper fairing, but he was also an avid builder for himself and others (including working on a couple of streamliners with Sean Costin). His own bikes included a 27x27 Tour Easy conversion, a long wheelbase aluminum low racer with indirect steering, and a pit play bike with tiny wheels and ultra-short wheelbase that steered at both ends with a turning circle about the size of a phone booth!

He had also branched out into human powered boats in the last few years, and even a human assisted birdman glider! In other words, he was our kind of people and will be missed. If you want further details and some reminiscences by other WISIL members, go to http://www.wisil.recumbents.com/wisil/murphy/billmurphy.htm

That link will also take you to pix of the many imaginative HPVs Bill built.
He's the only racer I ever knew who's "Race Face" was a big happy grin.
Bill was a bachelor, and it's no exageration to say that his "Family" was with him when he passed away.
Mark

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