Bill Shrewsberry was definitely the guy who "pushed the
envelope" when it came to the wheelstanders. I think it's a way of
life for him. One of his best stunts went like this: He would do the
"normal" wheelie act, and then head back towards the starting
line in a wheelstand. After setting the car down, but still going pretty
fast, he would throw the thing into a sliding 180 degree turn, and at the
precise moment, pop the wheels back into the air, heading back down the
race track. It was a pretty skillful maneuver that was tried by others,
but not done nearly as well. Bob Riggle's first attempt was an exciting
one. He pulled off the 180 degree U-turn just fine... and get the car back
into a wheelstand without a problem... BUT the thing he forgot to do was
straighten out the front wheels after making the turn! When he set the car
down on the top end, it immediately went into a series of loops and wound
up on top of the guardrail.
There was a bunch of wheelie cars at that time (late ‘60s) and they
were all trying to outdo each other in order to get bookings. It was a
little scary on occasion. One night at Lions, the guys were involved in a
distance contest to see who could carry a wheelstand the furthest. They
placed a flare down to mark the longest run. Bill "Maverick"
Golden went over a half mile on his pass, and the spot was marked with a
flare. On his own, "Maverick" decided that the mark was too far
downtrack, and that it would be dangerous for anyone else to try and beat
him...so he removed the flare! Nobody bothered to tell Chuck Poole, so
when he took his turn, he drove off the end of the strip, wheels up, under
power, looking for the missing flare. His car was a total, and tempers
were at the breaking point as well.
I guess there's a few of these cars still around...including
"Maverick." I think he actually had his name legally changed
from Bill Golden to Bill Maverick.