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Motorsports Pioneer Bill Marsh Passes

OSWEGO, NY – Motorsports pioneer Bill Marsh, known for his remarkable design and innovation in machinery, passed away on Friday, March 15 at the age of 92.

Born in Ithaca, Bill followed the footsteps of his father Harley’s machine work, and ran his own machine shop for nearly his entire adult life.

Marsh worked on all kinds of projects, but perhaps most notable were his self-designed torsion bars and tubing benders which changed the complexion of race car parts across the country.

Not only was Marsh a machinist, but an avid car builder and car owner as well. For decades, he enjoyed watching his No. 37 compete at various race tracks around the area.

Marsh also spent time in the Navy during World War II, and his transport ship was APc-37, the reason behind his car number.

His first creation, the 1932 Ford Coupe most recently used in the antique class, is a self-built car which uses a 302 GMC engine. It has won events all over New York State.

After his stint in the Navy, Marsh built a model Sprint Car in the 1940’s which also won several events and two championships at the hands of driver Harry Eckert.

In the late 60’s, Marsh began building Supermodifieds for the Oswego Speedway. A Marsh Super was driven to victory in July 1971 by the late Fred Graves, and again by Graves in ‘72.

More recently, Marsh was a member of various car clubs right up until his death. His ‘32 Coupe has several victories at the Syracuse Mile with the Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club.

Various parts built by Marsh are still being used across the country today, including on Supermodifieds at the Oswego Speedway.

The staff and management of the Oswego Speedway extend our thoughts and prayers to the Marsh family.

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