Kelly & Sharon Stocklin with Bill Cahill
“I have been a huge fan of the sport since I first saw Billy Schumacher win the 1967 APBA Gold Cup Seattle driving Miss Bardahl. From that day forward, I wanted to be involved in the sport. I never had the opportunity to drive outboards like so many of the great drivers did. Hard to say if I could have become a good driver, but we’ll never know.”
From 1967 to 1999, Bill Cahill worked at more than 65 jobs. “My first career was as an award-winning chef in Seattle, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Although I really loved preparing gourmet meals at some world-class restaurants, I knew that the life of a chef was not a stable means for me to provide for my family.”
For a few years, Bill worked as a meat cutter. While this career path was more stable than cooking, Bill moved into the plumbing world. “I worked for my brother Harry who was a master plumber. I thought that relationship would last forever, but I was wrong. After Harry fired me for a second time, I decided to launch my own plumbing company.”
With six dollars in his pocket and half a tank of gas in his plumbing truck, Bill started Beacon Plumbing. “I worked seven days a week, building Beacon Plumbing from nowhere in 1999 to the largest service plumber in the State of Washington in 2022.”
In 2004, Bill entered the sport as a sponsor. “Fred Leland made me a good deal, so I signed the contract to have a Miss Beacon Plumbing in Seattle.” Steve Hook piloted Miss Beacon Plumbing to a place in the winner-take-all final. “Having Miss Beacon Plumbing race in my home town was a dream-come-true.”
Bill Cahill’s next major racing came in 2006. “I sponsored Billy and Jane Schumacher’s U-37.” Miss Beacon Plumbing had a great year, winning the APBA Gold Cup, the Seattle Seafair race on Lake Washington, and the World Championship on San Diego’s Mission Bay.
After the relationship with the Schumachers came to an end, it appeared that Miss Beacon Plumbing would not appear on an unlimited hydroplane.
Bill is not your typical sponsor. At the races, he avoids the spotlight, deferring to his driver and the team. “I have my favorite place in Tri Cities at the west end of the race course. I like to watch our boat race without a huge crowd. There, I can make my own evaluations as to performance.”
After nearly ten years of looking for the best possible deal , Bill signed with Bucket List Racing. “I have always admired Dave Villwock. Not only is he a great driver, but he is a really hard worker. When I met Kelly, I liked him. He is a working man like me, so we have a lot in common. I am looking forward to seeing Miss Beacon Plumbing race this season!”