What are Eddie and Ercie Doing Now?
Since they retired from professional drag racing in 1999, Eddie and Ercie have pursued hobbies for which there was no time during their racing career.
Eddie took up airplane flying lessons and made a solo flight from Waco to Wichita Falls, Texas.
He was bitten by the radio-controlled airplane and helicopter bug, and he has over 40 nitro, methanol, and gas-burning aircraft – some with wingspans over 11 feet, as well as 6 radio-controlled helicopters. He enjoyed putting on aerial shows to classical music for local groups from 2000 to 2006.
Ercie returned to college at Midwestern State University where she completed 43 additional credit hours with a 4.0-grade point average, majoring in English. She also took up doing abstract painting at age 72 and recently entered her first contests.
The Hills live on a 500+ acre livestock ranch outside of Wichita Falls where Ercie raises gaited horses, along with Red Angus and Black Brangus cattle and hay.
Their love of animals includes four dogs – Nitro, Angel, Hot Rod, and Sweetie. The two dachshunds go to work and road races with them.
>But the call of racing came again in 2006 when Eddie bought an Ariel Atom and began road racing at Hallett Raceway near Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Eagles Canyon Raceway near Decatur, Texas.
Now Hill has three road racers that include a Pro Formula Mazda, a Kawasaki-powered Firman Formula 1000, and a Honda-powered Crawford Formula Lights FL-15. Ercie serves as crew chief once more, and they enjoy attending several races a year.
“After a lifetime of going straight and using twin parachutes to stop from over 320 mph, I wanted to learn to turn corners. At the first turn of my first road race, I saw that none of my competitors were going to stop and wait for me to repack my parachute, so I had to learn to use wheel brakes. My last race win at the tender young age of 86 was just as much fun as my first one at age 13.”
- Cheers, Eddie