Career best speed/E.T. – 4.520 seconds at 323.74 MPH – which was #1 qualifier and track record at Topeka, Kansas on 10/2/99. Concussion from huge engine fireball (caused by failed engine block) injured Eddie’s spine during qualifying – Ennis, Texas. At next race a second engine block failure (brand new one on its first run) caused another huge engine fireball and subsequently compressed a vertebra in Eddie’s back. He missed the final race of his career – the only NHRA race he ever sat out due to injury - and made his last ride at a racetrack, leaving there in an ambulance. At end of driving career had made over 460 four-second runs.
Runner-up in Big Bud Shootout.
Survived horrendous finish line crash at Sears Point, California, while setting track record and qualifying #1. Broke three toes, burned shoulder. NHRA rule adopted that season now allows a driver to substitute another car in event of crash during qualifying, dubbed “Eddie Hill Rule”.
Subject of documentary on Hill’s life shot in Wichita Falls, Texas.
NHRA Top Fuel World Champion (oldest driver to win NHRA Top Fuel World Championship at age 57)
– Tied record for most wins in NHRA in single season – 6 wins (plus one runner-up)
– Eddie chosen as “Person of Year” by Racers for Christ
– Eddie chosen by media as member of Auto Racing All American Team
– Eddie and Ercie serve as Grand Marshal and Official Starter of Detroit Gasket 200 Busch Grand National event - Detroit, Michigan
– Inducted into 300 MPH Club – ran 300.80 MPH – Topeka, Kansas
– Car Craft Magazine “Driver of the Year”
– Competed in first career road race in Fast Masters Series for Racing Legends - Indianapolis - finished 9th of 50 drivers
Became oldest driver to win NHRA national event – Gainesville, Florida; won Gainesville; runner-up six times; #1 qualifier at Indy, Memphis, Phoenix.
Survived spectacular finish line blowover at 236.51 MPH - Pomona, California. Really bent the world’s first four- second car, which was rebuilt by manufacturer Dave Uyehara and is now on display at Eddie Hill's Fun Cycles.
Became corporately sponsored by Super Shops and Pennzoil, with help from Dallas businessman Bill Bishop.
– Eddie’s first ever custom built dragster chassis built by Dave Uyehara
– Won first NHRA event – 3/88 – Gainesville, Florida. Also won NHRA events at Phoenix, Atlanta and Houston
– First four-second run in history – 4/9/88 - 4.990 E.T., 288.55 MPH – Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas (“First in the Fours” in IHRA) – set IHRA E.T. and speed records. This car is on display here at Eddie Hill's Fun Cycles.
– Set NHRA E.T. record at 4.990 E.T. – 10/9/88 – Houston, Texas
– IHRA “Person of the Year”;
Ercie voted “Person of the Year” by Racers for Christ;
Car Craft Magazine “Person of the Year”;
Hot Rod Magazine “Person of the Year”;
Eddie and Ercie charter members of Cragar Four Second Club
First NHRA speed record – 283.28 MPH
– Second NHRA speed record – 285.53 MPH
– Third NHRA speed record – 285.98 MPH
– First racer to concurrently hold land and water speed records
– First final round appearance at NHRA national event – Denver, Colorado
– Returned to top fuel asphalt racing
Eddie and Ercie's Boat Racing Highlights 1984-1974
Blown fuel hydro racing – won 5 yearly championships in ADBA, 7 in SDBA, 4 in NDBA, and 2 in World Series of Dragboat Racing. Owned SDBA record at 220.76 MPH and Canadian water speed record at 223.32 MPH.
Phoenix - crashed at 217 MPH while winning World Series of Dragboat Racing – took a year to recover from seven broken bones, concussion, etc. Last dragboat ride. Eddie retired with 101 runs over 200 MPH and NDBA speed record at 229.00 MPH as recorded in Guinness Book of World Records for 10 years as world’s fastest propeller-driven boat. The 229mph boat is now on display here at Eddie HIll's Fun Cycles.
Unblown fuel dragboat NDBA record – 170.45 MPH – Bakersfield, California. World’s fastest unblown fuel dragboat (boat and engine now owned by the Hills’ friend, Danny Griner, in Burkburnett, Texas).
Unblown gas dragboat SDBA record.
Eddie's Motorcycle Racing 1966-1974
In order to promote Eddie Hill’s Fun Cycles, Eddie turned his attention to racing motorcycles. He competed in:
– short track
– road racing
– hare scrambles
– cross country
– drag racing
– half mile and mile dirt track
– indoor short track racing
Eddie won over 100 trophies and advanced to second year professional in the Junior Class.
Eddie's Asphalt Drag Racing Career 1947 - 1966
Inducted into NHRA Hall of Fame
World’s longest dragster - Chrysler hemi fuel dragster – 7.67 E.T., 205 MPH
Used first-ever wing on a dragster
First gasser over 200 MPH - twin-engine Pontiac blown gasser – 202.70 MPH – Hobbs, New Mexico
First NHRA record – 8.84 E.T. – blown gas dragster (First in the Eights) – world’s quickest blown gasser - Invented burnout to clean and warm tires instead of crew wiping them with shop towels
Won AHRA championship – Great Bend, Kansas
– Made first paid professional appearance – Inyokern, California
– World’s fastest unblown gasser – ran over 160 MPH
Won first dragster trophy - Karnack, Texas
Won first racing trophy on Cushman motor scooter – Shreveport, Louisiana
Eddie was inducted into the following five Halls of Fame:
National Hot Rod Association
International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Ocala, Florida
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, Novi, Michigan
Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame
Southern Drag Boat Association Hall of Fame