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William R. Burke

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September 23, 1918 - November 25, 2015 Bill Burke, one of the early California hot rodders, created the first belly tank racer which became the model for a class of cars called Lakesters. He raced on the dry lakes, Bonneville Salt Flats and in sports cars. He served in WWII in PT boats in the South Pacific. He was also a fine athlete who played and enjoyed all sports, including Masters Track and Field. He is survived by his wife Catherine, his sons William and Steve, his daughter Luana, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grand children.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6, 2015
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