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William Edward "Bill" Muncey (November 12, 1928 – October 18, 1981) was an American hydroplane racing legend from Detroit, Michigan. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame and hydroplane historian Dan Cowie described Muncey as "without question, the greatest hydroplane racer in history." Muncey was nicknamed "Mr. Unlimited" and won 62 races, which was the most races in the history of the sport until Dave Villwock broke his record in 2011. Muncey began his boat racing career in 1949 by sinking in front of a hometown crowd on the Detroit River. He moved to a new Atlas Van Lines boat in 1977 and won twenty times in the next three seasons. Muncey was leading the final heat of the World Championship race at Acapulco on October 18, 1981, when he died in a blowover crash while travelling 175 miles per hour (282 km/h).
Atlas Van Lines is an American moving company formed in 1948 by a group of local transfer and storage firms. As an agent-owned company, it is similar in form to a cooperative. It has about 500 agents worldwide (in over 140 countries), of which 75 own shares in Atlas World Group, which controls Atlas Van Lines and other related companies. Based in Evansville, Indiana, it is the second-largest interstate motor carrier in the United States.
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