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William B. Niemeyer

July 17, 1929 April 13, 2010
William B. Niemeyer
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We are sad to announce that Bill Niemeyer Sr. passed away peacefully Tuesday April 13 at Hospice of Cincinnati due to complications of Parkinson�s disease and cancer. Bill was born in his parent�s home July 17, 1929 to the late Albert & Eleanor. He graduated from Western Hills High School (Cincinnati) and got his Bachelor�s in Business Administration at Miami University. He served as a Sergeant in the Army and married his college sweetheart Anne Petree three months after his return from Korea. Anne�s support in all his ventures made their marriage strong for over 56 years. He was the father of William B., Jr. (Lynn) & Kurt T. (Margaret Kuhnell). Dear grandfather of Sara & Anna (Bill & Lynn). Survived by sister Jean Vesper of Sun City, AZ, Sisters in Law Dorothy Niemeyer, Sue Niemeyer and Georgia Petree. Preceded in death by brothers Carl & Bob, sister in law Wilma and brothers in law Chuck Vesper, Tom and Dan Petree. Bill retired after 29 years as V.P. of Motch & Merryweather Machinery Co. spending his entire career in the machine tool industry developing many enduring friendships. Bill was the commensurate �Car Guy� racing, restoring and enjoying cars across seven decades. His competition career began in a Bug Eye Sprite in �59, qualifying for his competition license with a spirited drive on rural roads of southwest Ohio before heading off to Road America for his first race. A Fiat Abarth Allemano Coupe replaced the Sprite for 1960. Bill, his brother Bob and, brother in law Tom, all successfully campaigned Alfa Guillietta�s for the next several years. Bill then acquired an Arnolt Bristol Bolide, painted it black with gold racing stripe, installed a Chevy V8 and raced against the likes of Roger Penske, Augie Pabst, Briggs Cunningham, Don Yenko and Mike Rahal in Cobras, Corvettes, Cheetahs, Jaguars, Scarabs, Porsches and more in the U.S.R.R.C. Road America 500. In �65 he bought Lola Mk1 s.n.1 sports racer, in boxes and assembled it again in the black/gold livery. By then the rear engine sports racing cars were coming on strong and the Lola was replaced with a faster Elva 7S picked up from Carl Haas. He and his machine tool co-workers Fred Schomaker & the late Bert Rathkamp installed a Renault Gordini 1300 for the first two years before switching to a Lotus Ford Twincam and winning the Divisional SCCA Championship. He competed in the SCCA National Run-Offs� at Daytona in �67 & �69 and Road Atlanta in �70 & �71. Business kept racing to a minimum in �72, although he still holds the class lap record in the rain at Michigan Int�l, in the last race held on the road course. Next on the grid was a program with Borcherding Buick Opel to run an Opel 1900. In this completely stock class Bill scored 23 wins in 27 races. Returning to an Austin Healey for his last year of competition he raced a square body Sprite prepared by a local shop. Bill also volunteered as a driving school instructor on a regular basis, teaching many the finer points of driving fast and competing to win. The local SCCA has awarded their outstanding rookie with the Bill Niemeyer Award since 1974. Bill, with Anne�s help, became heavily involved in the Cincinnati Concours d�Elegance where he served for 25 years on the Car Selection Committee. He continued to build his car collection restoring several cars and adding to the displays in his museum he nick named �The Toy House�. He remained close to and shared the car hobby with childhood friends Al Bicknaver and Tom Puehl; and helped Bill Jr. and Kurt win his coveted rookie award and other championships in their racing adventures. A celebration of life reception will be held April 24th at 1:00 at his home in his Toy House filled with his sport cars and memorabilia. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Cincinnati Concours Foundation 455 Delta Ave Suite 207 Cincinnati, OH 45226 or Gardner Center for Parkinson�s Disease 234 Goodman St. Cincinnati, OH 45219. Please contact Bill Jr. C(513)-678-6728 or Kurt at (513)-304-1177 for directions and further information.

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