W. H. 'Wild Bill' Turner

"Wild Bill" (W.H. Turner), 1911. Originally in the Indianapolis Star, 27th May 1911, so copyright lapsed. JPEG copyright, Richard Jenkins, 2009.


30 Aug 1877
Toronto, Ontario


11 May 1917
Denver, Colorado, United States



Indy 500s:

1 (1911)

Excellent road racer, who was a popular and hard driving racer. Stopped racing when World War One erupted. Canadian born, Bill lived and worked for a while in the Buffalo, New York area, in the car industry. He then moved to Wyoming, where he became a travelling salesman for Maxwell. Turner died, aged only 39, after a long illness. At the time of his death, he still held Colorado hillclimbing records and had built a successful reputation as a consistent and capable board track racer.

Biography last updated 4 Sep 2015