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Keeping up with drag racing legends Eddie and Ercie Hill

10/21/2003

NHRA.com Senior Editor Rob Geiger shares this recent correspondence from Ercie Hill, the wife of drag racing legend Eddie Hill. Geiger's entry to the sport came from a newspaper article he wrote about the famous Texan when he was sports editor at The Baytown Sun in his hometown of Houston. The story on Hill led to a Public Relations job with Pennzoil, Hill's primary sponsor during his final few years behind the wheel.

"No matter where the NHRA tour takes us I always run into people who know I handled Eddie's PR near the end of his career and they always ask how he and Ercie are doing," Geiger said. "We keep in contact through e-mail and every once in awhile Ercie will take the time to write a nice letter like the one below. I thought NHRA.com readers would like to peek over my shoulder and see what's happening with two of my favorite people in the world."


Howdy friend,

Eddie and I are doing great. He's getting into giant scale radio-controlled aircraft now (we need a larger shop) and has been doing his aerobatics to classical music. He put on a performance a couple of weeks ago at a friend's dinner down from the ranch. Of course, I was his assistant.

I am taking Descriptive Astronomy this semester at MSU and am learning quantum physics and mechanics from our astro prof, who has a PhD in physics. All I wanted to do was look at stars.

Eddie and I are planning to visit a state park about a 100 miles from here for a "starwalk." We went a couple of weeks ago and it was so awesome we're going back. The regional astronomy club puts on a show with about two dozen telescopes with giant collectors. We can see star clusters, Mars' polar caps, the "Maria" and highlands of the moon, etc... It's almost a religious experience.

I stay dirty a lot these days. Eddie said he can't believe how bad my clothes look after even a few minutes out at the ranch but I personally think horse slobbers are a badge of honor. My closet is filled with jeans, hats, and boots and I have let my hair grow nearly to my waist and even wear it straight sometimes. No more hairspray that would stop a bird in flight!

I have six horses of my own and board 10 others. Two weeks ago our new boarders gave me a black five-month-old Missouri Foxtrotter foal that I named "Nitro." My first baby! We still have four Tennessee Walkers – Star, Bandera (Spanish for "flag"), Chief, and Lil – and a 5-year-old huge mustang mare named Bella Sera, which I'm told is Italian for "beautiful evening." I gentled her from being feral last April, and my finest feat so far is that I lived to tell about it. She follows me around like a puppy, as do all of the horses. They love the hand that feeds them.

Come on up and go for a ride with us. Get off the asphalt and into God's country. I promise to keep the rattlers and scorpions away from you. I did see half a dozen beautiful white-tailed deer browsing in the trees on the back side of the property this evening. It was pretty awesome.

Eddie said he would love to have a chance to race against Dick LaHaie and Alan Johnson again if he was offered a tuning job. Top Fuel is a thrilling class and it would be fun to go head-to-head with them again. I think Eddie's pretty much over being a driver, but would still like to tune. I still don't think God is through with us, just giving us a much-needed rest.

Peace and blessings,

E & E

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