Billy Heygsters Photo Album
About Billy Heygster (in his own words)
I was born is Washington DC and raised in Montgomery County, Md. I never had a motorcycle until I was nearly 20 yrs old and serving in the US Navy. That first bike was a 160 Honda twin which I rode with a bunch of other guys on the weekends in the woods and trails mostly around Rockville, MD. I didn’t even know people raced motorcycles or where the nearest race was. For some reason I went to Vista Speedway one Sunday and watched a class C race. I was hooked. A group of my fellow trail riders and I signed up for AMA cards and went to the old scrambles track in Waldorf. I made about one third of a lap of practice and was run over by someone on a big bike. The rest of my group ended up crashing sometime during the event. At the end of the day I couldn’t wait to try it again but all the others couldn’t wait to get out of there never to return. That was 1967.
During the next 15 years I would ride many District 7 and 6 races on mostly 750 Triumphs and BSA motorcycles in the open class as well as two years on a Triumph powered sidecar. I have the distinction of being the only person injured on a side car during that period when I flipped the hack coming off the second turn at Greens and I sailed over the fence and into the woods. That would have been bad enough but I hit a large dogwood tree that acted like a sling shot and fired me back out of the woods, over the fence again and onto the track where I landed with a broken arm. Bruce said it was one of the wildest incidents ever to take place at his track. In spite of that, my favorite track was Greens speedway in Disputanta, Va., where we were all treated like part of the family.
I had a pro card for a couple years and traveled with the late Earl Myers who became my best friend and room mate. I was one of the original group that formed TT Cycle Racing Team which was both famous and infamous for a number of reasons. Around 1977 with my knees about worn out I decided to quit riding and sponsor another rider. During the next six years Bill Blackwood (4 years) and Tim Taylor (2 years) rode my Triumph at events in the Middle Atlantic States. This may have been the most enjoyable time I spent at the tracks. Both Tim and Bill were a pleasure to work with and we became close friends. Each of them was a threat to win whenever we showed up at a race.
Aside from actual racing I was deeply involved in the District Seven organization. I was on the district board of directors for about 10 years serving as board member, rider representative, secretary, vice-president and president in 1979 and 1980. I also wrote articles for Cycling East and Cycle News, was a district congressman to the AMA, a starter at Winchester, Dorsey and the indoor races at Timonium, and organized a number of the annual awards banquets. I also created the District Seven Hall of Fame in 1979 to which I became a member in 1989.
In 1982 I walked away from the sport to concentrate on my family and career. I have not owned or been on a bike in years but have attended a few races. At this time I am 62, retired, still married to Anita (32 years and counting) have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. We live near the Chesapeake Bay in Pasadena, Md. I have been blessed in many ways through the years but the years I spent around bikes and bikers will always be a high point in my life. Some of the best and strongest friendships I’ve even had were formed during this time.
And what do I do now for fun? There are two Corvettes in the garage and we spend a lot of time on the road attending various Corvette events and car shows. We won our class at Corvettes at Carlisle last year. We just returned from a vacation to Florida which included stops at the NHRA Gator Nationals drag races and the Sebring 12 hour sports car race. This is a great web site and I hope you enjoy the photos.