Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 Congratulations came from Don Edmunds July 6th 2016 8:30 am for BTM participation in being the first to present the Finest restored Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah at this event. Don was hired to help Bill Thomas design and build the 2 Alloy prototype Cheetah Coupes and design he did, He drew up the wild first drawings that would wind up becoming the Cheetah Coupe design. Don was also in charge of the chassis and unique suspension design with Bill input all the way through. The funny thing was Bill wanted the engine in the back, Don wanted it up front, GM said (no) to rear engine design in Cheetah period they told Bill. So Bill & Don decided to put it mid ship now its history. He then built the wooden buck over the new chassis that produced 2 Alloy bodies for car #001 & car #002. Bill Thomas & Don Edmunds worked great together to produce one of (America’s) Coolest true Sports Car. After #001 & #002 were completed Don did work part time helping finish up #003, #004, #005 that went to Daytona Feb 1964. He was there with Jerry Grant watching him hit speeds he never seen before in Sports Car Racing. He told Grant how fast he was running 214, 215, 217, 218 MPH. The next thing he knew Grant went of the track and damaged the Yellow #17 Alan Green Chevrolet Cheetah. Don explained he just did not want anyone to get hurt in one of these Cheetahs Its just out right blistering fast even for Don Edmunds who is not easily intimidated by speed. Of coarse we all need to know Don was Rookie of the year at Indy 500 in 1957. Don Edmunds is also known World wide for his Racing Sprint Cars his company built. I want to thank Don for the help he gave me back in 1992 & 93 with Chassis drawings and body drawings, Plus he gave me copies of the entire drive line layout he was to use to build the 1st chassis. Engine trans rear end tires & wheels Etc,. and all there sizes. Very cool stuff. Don has been a good friend since the 1st meeting with him in 1992. I respect Don very much for all his Racing efforts and helping Bill give us what we call today the Bill Thomas Cheetah. Don deserves great Credit today for his behind the scenes work and monumental task Bill gave him in helping create Cheetah. What A Great Time It Was in Automotive Racing History.
We are very proud to have been invited to the June 23rd thru 26th 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed event in the UK. This event is the most spectacular Race Car event in the World. To be able to have a limited number of some of the finest race cars & race drivers is a sight to see in person. Let alone all the top auto manufactures set up on the opposite side of the Hill Climb. I think every real automotive enthusiast should see this event once in there life time, there is nothing to compare it to in America. To be able to put together such event with nearly 300,000 attending from all over the World is a monumental achievement. Lord March is the man behind this spectacular event and it is no less than Brilliant.
For the Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah known as the 1964 Clarence Dixon Cadillac Race Car there is no higher platform to achieve, It has made Cheetah history by being the first Cheetah ever to participate at the Festival of Speed 2016. I had the pleasure of staging & driving up the hill climb 5 times and in my career it tops anything I have done to date. Cheetah ran perfectly and for the 427 L88 spec engine it really came to life off the start line and up the hill. What a thrill to drive Bill’s most famous advanced Cheetah ever built, even in the rain with no wipers I stayed on the track with a set of Museum Firestone Indy tires. Yes ice skates is more like it. But the challenge was to great to let it pass by. A 90″ wheel base 2200 Lb 650HP Cheetah in the rain up hill. Incredible to say the least.
From the first word of a possible invite to Goodwood last Sept 2015 to the final early Feb confirmation I knew game was on and Clarence Dixon Cheetah #33 had to make its appointment with the hill. Now its history.
View short story “This Cheetah Is A Full-Size Slot Car” on Goodwood website:
The 1963 Sebring Silver Code 941 is back on the Clarence Dixon Cadillac Cheetah after 50 years, All lettered up looks like 1965 again. The most Bad Ass 1 of 1 produced 427 L88 Cheetah on the Planet. It is an incredible to sight to see in Real Life. This Cheetah is the finest example of a Full Race Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah. It is the #1 Cheetah to own in the World. Its restoration in the Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah World is 2nd to None. Spectacular to see this Very Rare Beast in person.
We are so proud to have in our shop the Original 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah I.D #006 that was sold to Clarence Dixon Cadillac of Hollywood California. This 64 Model Cheetah is the most advanced Bill Thomas Cheetah of all the 64 Models built. It was ordered brand new in Sebring Silver Black interior 327 360HP Fuel Injection Corvette Engine with the 3 long distance fuel tanks, rear tank plus the very rare left & right side tanks. Bill Thomas Race Cars added the dual air meter racing fuel injection system shortly after it was built to go Road Racing in FIA/SCCA events on the west coast. We will be posting all the Race History on the New Clarence Dixon Cheetah web page coming soon. The Oct 1965 Riverside FIA Races seen action with the new advanced Cheetah by Bill Thomas Race Cars having the new Special built 396 425HP Corvette Engine matched up with an M22 HD 4 Speed with 3.55 gear set. A front set of 65 production Corvette disc brakes were added along with the Wide body rear left & right wheel flares. These advancements were all done by the Original Manufacturer Bill Thomas Race Cars.
Yes there is more incredible big block Cheetah History with this car, we have pictures from 1967 with the 427 Alloy head L88 Bill Thomas Engine under the hood with cool clear Plexi glass hood scoop. This car also drag raced with the L88 in it Aug/Sept 1967. Road Race #’s were 33, 1, 11.
This is the most valued treasure of all Cheetahs found to date next to the 1965 Super Cheetah.
Robert Auxier of BTM learned of this very rare cat in 1993 and the owner did not have a Phone So I had to write letters to him, He would return my letters saying it was not for sale at any price. I was never allowed to see this Cheetah until Nov 29th 2014 where I made the deal to purchase it. The past owner had purchased it in 1972 and it was very rare he ever took it out. The sad part of this great story is I had to wait all these years until the owner passed away to even be able to get a look at this piece of Cheetah History.
The amazing part is that it still has its Original Bill Thomas body & the rear wide body flares, Chassis & suspension with all original interior plus the original rear alloy fuel tank among many other original components still intact today. This is one of BTM’s finest gifts to be able to unearth this Treasure and restore it. We are documenting every step of the way in restoration so that the Finest SCCA/FIA Example Cheetah gets to be set in stone in the Bill Thomas Cheetah Race Cars Book.
The Chassis & suspension and Drive line is restored. It is spectacular sight to see, 1967 Perfect M22 is restored,The original body is stripped down to bare glass to show its the real thing. Even the front aluminum air dam off the hood is Genuine Bill Thomas Race Cars, It will be painted back to Sebring silver #33.
Bill Thomas built many 396/427 mill Iron head L88 engines in 1965 & 66. In fact he built 3 for 1965 Chevrolet Impala NASCAR (65) season.
PEOPLE MAY DOUBT WHAT I SAY, BUT PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE WHAT I DO !!!
Restoration update on the Genuine 1964 ID #007 Bill Thomas Cheetah sold to Alan Green Chevrolet for (Booky) Alan Green’s wife to drive on street & some Drag Racing events, She Loved driving her Green Cheetah. Delivered in Aug 64 as a 327 360HP Fuel Injection 4 speed 3.55 Gears, Painted In Cadillac (Green) Met with Green interior, This Color Combo really fits the style of the Cheetah. It is a stunning sight to see it all together again in real life, This Cheetah will be the 1st to set the Bar how a Genuine as delivered Bill Thomas Cheetah is built. I even rescued its Genuine Original 327/377 Engine from its 2nd owner on July 4th 2014, Yes its back where it belongs in #007 restoration. This car is finally together after 1,000′s of Hours in Restoration work plus 1,000′s of hours of research time. What an exciting time it is at BTM. This is he Finest Genuine restored Bill Thomas Cheetah on the Planet. Bill Thomas made the right choice picking the Auxiers to carry on his Legacy. Bill is smiling down on Auxiers where we stand today in Bill Thomas Cheetah History. I thank my Hero Bill Thomas everyday I walk out into my Cheetah shop. It is truly amazing the Gifts given to the Auxiers in regard to setting Genuine Cheetah History straight. Bill turned over the rains of his Cheetah to the Auxiers back in Dec 2001.
This #007 Cheetah has its Very Rare Documents on its original issued Bill Thomas ID # back into the 60′s,. We are very proud restoring Bill Thomas/Alan Green Chevrolet History in the Cheetah World.
We are within a few days now of completing this amazing restoration, For the 1st time since 1970 the original Bill Thomas 377 engine was fired up and broke in today 2-15-16, What a beast to hear in person, It shook the ground around the shop today, What a Pleasure to work on such a car. This is one Bad Ass Cat. Don’t be fooled by the Stunning Green paint this Cat can Run.
Wanted to buy: 1959 to 1964 283-327 Aluminum or Magnesium engine block Chevrolet or Mickey Thomson cast, Aluminum 283-327 early cylinder heads, We need 4 58mm Weber side draft carbs, Chevrolet Small Block side draft intake in Aluminum or Magnesium. Special oil pan with kick outs, We are also looking for a Aluminum GS rear end case & rear cover cast in Sept 1962. Call Robert Auxier @ 623-606-3155 Phoenix Arizona.
Limited time offer, The official Company BTM Bill Thomas Motors will start offering Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetahs Fans Free T-Shirts coming soon, watch for our link you must pay S&H and have an Email Address & Mailing Address with Valid Phone # to receive a Free Official shirt. They are Black shirts with our 15 year Company Logo on the front & our Bill Thomas Race Car Pallet on the rear. We are setting up payment method for S&H.
Update on our Tribute series, The all new wide body with hood vented holes. It is one Bad Ass Cat. This one is a 383 Alloy head 430HP version 4 speed Muncie, 3.36 gears, Fuel cell, forward roll bar, 10″ rear American Racing Wheels. New Coil overs & new spring rates have been documented in this build. This car runs and drives Fantastic. The Best built in the World.
We don’t need Letters signed by Bill any longer to prove our status in the Cheetah World, Bill Thomas gave (us) the only company in the World ever to have Full Exclusive rights to Continue building his Cheetah. Of Coarse we are going forward building the Finest Tribute Bill Thomas Cheetah built today. Watch for our (New Company website coming soon). With all the new .com pages, BTM Is & has been used as a historical site and documenting history and will be used for our BTM Clothing line sales of everything we have been selling over the past 15 years. It does not build Continuation Cheetahs.
1964 Built #003 first fiberglass production Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah Ordered by the Famous Racing Dealer in Washington State Alan Green Chevrolet. We are working daily on its restoration process and in Jan 2016 it will be Certified as #003 With all the Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah parts used in its restoration,. Chassis will be completely Restored in Jan 2016 As for the Body it will be installed with most Interior installed also in Jan. Completion date is set for Aug 2016 testing dates are on the Calendar. (Living the Dream) restoring all these cars making Cheetah History, The Leader of the Pack,.
Super Cheetah has removed the very rare Genuine 1963 (GM) #001 Test car Alloy bonnet, Main roll bar and a few chassis pieces used from the alloy test car that were incorporated into the 1965 1 of 1 Le Mans 427 Alloy Super Cheetah Proto-Type. Well it is 2″ to short for Super Cheetah and it has a 3/16′s hole drilled for tech, Plus it was cut off the GM test car due to not much was left that was not bent after it was wrecked. Bill made the Alloy GM test cheetah chassis out of (.049 wall.) Or O to thin as Bill would say. Super Cheetah has now completed restoration of Chassis for the GM test car. For this very unique restoration we have included the Genuine Alloy Fuel Tank, Genuine L&R Alloy Proto-Type doors, Genuine 63 Grand Sport Alloy Rear end, Plus many Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah components. Including the VERY RARE CEC EXP 1963 Z-06/Cheetah Bill Thomas 377 Block that came in the Super Cheetah after Bill removed the R&D 427 Iron Head L88 with 58mm down draft webers that was meant for Le Mans 1965. This is Very Big News for the Real Bill Thomas Cheetah Fans. GM test Cheetah is now Certified with all these Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetah Parts. Restoration is to be completed by mid 2017. The plans for this Cheetah will finalize Bills Dream for the Cheetah. It will be the 1st Genuine Cheetah to get FIA HTP. Yes indeed this makes 6 Genuine Cheetahs that get restoration work done here. Making Cheetah History is our game, In fact we are the Leader of the pack. For the honor to work on & restore 6 Genuine Bill Thomas Cheetahs says it all. We understand today nobody can take the Power of our Knowledge away that has taken over 22 years to retain.
1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 430HP HD L88 Stamped IT Code from Tonawanda (Crate Engine) with less than 100 miles on it, 1/4 mile at a time. Robert Auxier on June 11th bought a 59 Corvette Nostalgic Gasser out of Garrettsville Ohio. We knew ahead of time before we made the trip from Phoenix to pick it up, that there was reported to be an L88 crate engine under the hood. When we looked under the hood it was pure GOLD it is stamped April with IT Code and date of block is March 8th of 67, So at this time we knew that we bought a 59 Gasser with a Genuine 67 Corvette L88 Crate Engine in it with under a 100 miles on it. We have removed the Aluminum 392 cast # Cylinder heads that are dated and are in perfect condition (No Porting) with still some Tonawanda Orange paint on them. We then pulled the Original L88 Oil pan off and found everything to be Factory untouched, Still with Purple & Pink paint swatch on the Crank plus Yellow dotes, The rods have Pink & White paint, The mains have White cran slashes on each main cap, The oil pump has Purple & Green paint on it. The block is standard bore and still has all the Factory cross hatch marks with (No) wear. Original 12.5 to 1 Pistons and still have black marker A & B on each one, Even the original timing chain set was in perfect condition.