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Writing story on famous car artist Bill Neale

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  1. bitzman

    bitzman F1 Rookie

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    I heard he passed in January, and I want to write a tribute to him on an art website, but don't know much about his life other than besides being a fine artist himself, he was a best friend of Carroll Shelby before Shelby got world famous. He painted many pictures of racing Cobras. He was also an art director for decades, might have been a partner in a agency. One small anecdote I like but need confirmation of is when he, Shelby and a few other guys were out at some camping place, with guns, motorcycles and what not and someone rode right over the back of someone who had fallen off their bike. After seeing the guy run over wasn't hurt much, Neale had him take off the sweatshirt and copied the tire track across the back of the shirt motif on other garments. Now there's an artist! Any more stories?
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  3. walters1939

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    Bill Neale was art director at Tracy-Locke ad agency here in Dallas. The Dallas Morning News posted an extensive obituary of him in their obituary column a few days age. Suggest you go there and read it.
     
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    The guy you need to talk to is Scott Black. He is a PR guy, who takes care of all the Shelby stuff now. He and Bill were very close. Also, a Dallas local, Larry Freeman, had lunch with Bill every month of so, and would have some great stories.

    I'm sure you read my posts about being with Bill in Terlingua when he called Shelby. He was an amazing guy !
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    Nothing valuable to add here. Just wanted to say that it looks like Bill lived a wonderful and rewarding life. We should all be so lucky!

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  8. bitzman

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    Found three articles on him but just need to know what planes he flew in WWII (one article said TBM, I don't know what that is) and what planes he owned in civilian life, like Piper Cub, etc.
     
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    The TBM referred to was most likely an Avenger. The crews piloting those were bad-asses! I believe that HW piloted one as well...
     

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