Bill Warner is founder of The Amelia, chairman of the Amelia Foundation, and also serves as president of his own business, H. C. Warner, Inc., an industrial filtration company. He also owns and operates Bill Warner Racing.
He won the 2002 Meguiar's Award for Collector Car Hobby Person of the Year. Known as the 'Oscar' of car collecting, this award recognizes those who make a significant contribution to the quality, visibility and growth of classic car collecting.
In 2001, Warner was voted into the Road Racing Drivers' Club, one of road racing's highest honors. Brian Redman, world famous endurance racer and club president, says Warner deserves the recognition for creating, sustaining and propelling the Amelia into such an innovative annual event.
Warner began as a "go-fer" for a racing team as a teenager and eventually began racing his own cars. He won the IMSA Media Challenge in 1985, 1986 and 1987, driving a Chevrolet Camaro in the Firestone Firehawk series with Tom Nehl and Buddy Norton. He also co-drove with Norton, Sean Hendricks and Larry Hendricks to win the SCCA 24 hours of Mid Ohio Escort Endurance race. It was the first professional win in history for an automatic transmission production car. He also is a veteran of two Cannonballs.
For the past two decades, he has raced the ex-Group 44/Paul Newman Triumph TR-6 in vintage events and has won both the 1997 Skip Barber Cup and the 1999 John Kelley Memorial Cup. As a writer and photographer for Road & Track, as well as several European and Asian racing publications, he has won the Sports Car Club of America's 1970 Photographer of the Year Award, Creative Arts Yearbook Award, and a Los Angeles Art Directors Award for race photography. His award winning restorations include the Ex-Denny Hulme Brabham BT-8, a Shelby King Cobra, a Lotus 11, an Elva Mk5, and a 1954 Corvette. A restoration of his, a 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta, was invited to the prestigious Meadow Brook Concours and was purchased by General Motors for their Heritage Collection.
The Foundation established by Warner has donated over $2 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Shop with Cops and other charities since he founded The Amelia 17 years ago. For his efforts, he has been recognized as the 1997 Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the National Society of Fundraising Enterprises, one of the 1999 12 Who Care in the Jacksonville Community, and he is the recipient of the 2001 Frank W. Sherman Award presented by the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville for exemplary community service.