Bill started his racing career in 1966 at the age of twenty-eight, with only six races left in the season, towing his 1949 Ford over the Malahat to Victoria. That year he raced in the Jalopy Division and, after six races, he finished 42nd in a field of fifty-two drivers. In 1967, Bill would race at both Western Speedway and Grandview Bowl. Bill would have a great second season. For the first time in the Association’s history, a tie occurred for top honors. Bill jointly accepted the O’Keefe’s Old Vienna Brewing Company Trophy for most A-Dashes and the Globe Hotel Trophy for most Main events. He also received the Simpson-Sears Trophy for the fifty lap Stock Car Championship and the MIARA Trophy for Best Appearing Stock Car. He would finish second in points.
In 1968, Bill built a second 1956 Chev and raced mainly in Nanaimo, with the occasional race at Western Speedway. He would win a couple of Main events and Trophy Dashes. By the end of the season the body of the car was ready for the junk pile, but it kept him in the number two spot in points for the second year in a row. In 1969, Bill built a second 1956 Chev that would carry him once and for all into the front ranks. He would break an axle and roll end over end, make the necessary repairs and go on to win the thirty lap Main event. By the end of the season he set a new track record of 19:23. He won the most Main events and Trophy Dashes. He was voted Most Popular Driver. He carried off all of the trophies in his class at Grandview Bowl, and finished first in points. 1970 would see Bill in another 261 Pontiac powered 1956 Chev running a big number 1. This was another good year. After the first two races of the season, he pulled the head off the motor and found a wrist pin had broken. It was 3 PM on a Sunday afternoon and the only remedy was a new motor. Simple enough, but not when the next race was at 1:30 PM the next day. By the time Bill and his crew found a new block and new parts were delivered, it was 11:30 PM at night. They worked all night building a new motor and installing it by early morning. They made it to the track half an hour before time trials and Bill went on to win the Trophy Dash and Main event. By the end of the season Bill would emerge at the top of the points standings once again.
In 1971, Bill would dominate at the Stock Car races. He would break the track record three different times throughout the year ending with 18:47. He won most of the Dashes, Heats, and Main events for the third year in a row. Bill was voted Most Popular Driver on the Vancouver Island circuit. He won the Championship Race for the fourth time, the third successive year but would fall short finishing second in points. In 1972, he would win the number 1 position back. In 1973, he took the year off driving to be Head Tech Man. In 1974, he drove Super Stock for Inductee Bill Vater. He would break the track record and win some trophies. By the end of the year, he finished third in points. In 1975, he would continue to drive for Bill Vater and hold on to his third place standings, but at the end of the year, Bill would retire from racing. In 1977 Bob Powell took Bill out of retirement and got him to drive his Hobby Stock. However, he only drove a few races. But that just got Bill going again. In 1978 and 1979, Bill would be in his own car again driving in the Island Series Super Stocks racing in Victoria and Nanaimo. He would finish both years third place in points and at the end of the 1979 season, he would retire again from racing for the final time.
The Hall of Fame Committee is very pleased to induct Bill Drummond into the Victoria Auto Racing Hall Of Fame.