I met Bill at the racetrack, like most people did. I didn’t know him well, but I knew enough to know that he was Todd’s dad and Reed’s grandpa, and the Petchnicks’ biggest racing fan. It wasn’t until I started work at Pressco Products when I first gained an understanding of Bill, who introduced himself to me by saying, “Hi, I’m Grandpa. Everyone calls me that. You can too.” And most people did and still do. Bill was a dedicated Grandpa, with photos of Reed and his quad taped to his toolbox. It didn’t take much provoking to get yarded out to Bill’s Ford Van so he could show you Reed’s helmet from when he was 6, or the photo album he kept of Reed. It was filled with photos of little Speedy Reedy racing here and there from the time he was on his 80 almost through to the time that Reed got hurt. He also talked fondly of his granddaughter Jordyn and of course Baxter, the grand-dog-child he so fervently fed Pupperoni at any chance.
Here are some comments from some folks in our NW ATV community that knew Bill Petchnick. We are all sorry for the loss of him. As my own father’s passing reminds me, “those that live in the hearts of others never die.” Grandpa Bill will certainly live on in the hearts of those fortunate enough to meet him. We would like to invite others who might have a comment or photo of Grandpa Bill to please leave it below this post. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Petchnicks at this difficult time. Godspeed Grandpa Bill!
Joey Cole We’ll miss you Grampa Bill. Thanks for everything, including keeping me out of trouble all those times at the machine shop. May your Pepsi’s be plenty and youre shirts be bright as all hell.Bryan Martin R.I.P. grandpa Bill. You have been a huge part of quad racing in the northwest. I’ll never forget the memories that have been made with you and all you’re flamed out track shirts. Keep an eye on us out at the track.Drew Lattimar RIP Grandpa Bill you have been such a big part of my life and so thankful to of been around you as much as I was.Cole Fite RIP Grampa! You were everyone’s grampa at the track. We loved your hard as nails exterior and your great BIG heart. No one loved to watch Reed ride more than you. We will miss you :’( The Fite family sends the Petchnick family wishes of great memories that will live forever in your hearts and ours. Grampa will always live on because he made a mark on everyone that knew him.Eric Mott R.I.P. Grandpa Bill. Whether knocking on my trailer door at 5:30 in the morning to get coffee, sporting the original SWAG shirts or just giving advise to my son, Ze’vyer Mott, your presense will be missed. Please continue to look over the quad family, on and off the track. You will always be in our hearts….Three Two Motorsports Today is a sad day for the northwest quad community. Just heard of the passing of grandpa Bill. A true hero to all that race on 4 wheels in the northwest. Pour some Pepsi out and pay some respect to the original face of northwest quad racing. Godspeed Bill.Les Engelhart Jr RIP Grandpa Bill!! You will sadly be missed by all….James Marrison *opens pepsi* here’s to grandpa Bill, rest easy.Ashley Marie ClintonOh Grandpa Bill, the track will never be the same without you You had such a huge heart and loved everyone at the track. You weren’t just Reeds grandpa, you were everyones You were always the first to give me advice on what I could do better when I was on my Lt80 and you always helped us out after we bought Reeds little 80. It doesn’t seem like almost 9 years ago, it feels like just yesterday. You always brought a huge smile to our faces when we saw you at the track (: I still remember the day you brought Hayley and me two huge bags of all different kinds of racing stickers(: We still have a lot of them too(: Our memories with you at the track were some of the best!(:You always had a huge smile on your face everywhere you went and no one did a better job at waving the checkered flag like you did!(: We’re all gonna miss you Grandpa This is a huge tragedy for the whole quad family.
We love you Grandpa!♥
Rest in Paradise♥