Bill Wade has been active with the BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) for more than 30 years and was a founding member of the Kentucky regional chapter, the Bluegrass Bimmers. In this capacity he has facilitated high-performance driving schools and club racing events for more than eight years. He attended his first high-performance driving school more than 25 years ago and has been instructing at race tracks across the nation for more than 15 years.
In 2006, he “retired” from more than 20 years of practicing architecture to accept the full-time position of National Program Manager for the Tire Rack Street Survival® teen driving program, which is run by the BMW CCA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Street Survival has completed over 100 schools nationwide for the last 2 years and has a goal of 125 for this year. The schools are facilitated by chapters of the BMW Car Clubs of America and Canada, the Porsche Club of America, Audi Club of North America, the Sports Car Club of America, the National Council of Corvette Clubs, the National Corvette Museum and other auto enthusiast clubs where a trained volunteer instructor base can be utilized.
Bill accepted the position of Chair of the National Driving Events Committee for BMW CCA, which oversees all driving activities of the national car club, in June 2005. In 2014, he retired from the position but still remains active on the committee as the National Instructor Training Coordinator.
Bill, 55, lives in the Highlands area of Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Lauri, and has two grown children.
5 QUESTIONS WITH AN AMBASSADOR
1) What do you consider to be the single greatest advancement in motorsport safety in the last 50 years?
Crash safety with the understanding of energy dissipation. Not trying to have the driver survive by building a tank of a structure, but rather let the crash energy be deflected away from the driver.
2) You can either implement one new motorsport rule or get rid of an existing one. Which option do you choose and what rule would it be?
Spec tires in any series.
3) What is your favorite racing circuit and why?
Watkins Glen because of the complexity of the circuit - speed, technical sections, elevation changes - and its rich history.
4) Who is your hero?
5) What do you hope to accomplish as an MSF Ambassador?
To help spread the passion of Motorsports to a new generation, and to keep and enhance safety for all participants.