Bill Hays

1998 Inductee

Inductee Photo

Biography

Bill founded Hays Clutches in 1958. His contributions to racing clutch technology are legendary, including safety issues and innovative performance on street and track. His clutch designs carried over into other lines. Bill was also behind the technologies at Centerforce. His innovations were lauded with the SEMA Best New Performance Street Product Award and Hot Rod Magazine’s Best New Performance Product Award (for the Dual Friction design), and Centerforce has won PWA Manufacturer of the Year. Bill was also a URSS Rookie of the Year and raced go-karts, mini-sprints and 305 sprint cars.