|In 1960, Schreiber headed to Long Beach, Calif., where
he still resides. There, he worked for legend ''Big Daddy'' Ed Roth.
Together, they built the Yellow Fang dragster in 1963, the first dragster
to go more than 200 mph.
Schreiber has built and run nine
top-fuel dragsters since then, before turning to jet dragsters in 1981. In
that time, he has traveled to almost every state and out of the country,
too. He also picked up the nickname ''The Bushmaster.''
He came by the name because with so many tracks in the California
area, the publications that covered drag racing wanted to make it more
''They didn't want to write 'Bill will race John,' they wanted to
write 'The Zookeeper will try to contain The Mongoose and The Bushmaster,'
'' Schreiber said.
Schreiber travels 10 months a year with his wife, Shana, and their
dog, Auggie Doggie, putting on exhibitions with his jet dragster.
''I do an average of 30 a year,'' he said. ''It's an exhibition car
that you match race with other guys at national events and other bookings.
The one I'm racing now was just built this year in Texas, and we were
running 301.20 (mph) in English Town, N.J., a couple weeks ago. It had an
estimated time of 5.30 (seconds) flat.''
Schreiber is in town for Saturday's Night of Fire at Orlando Speed
Part show and part competition, the annual Night of Fire offers a
combination of events that draws the track's largest spectator audience of
Competition is centered around four race divisions beginning at 6:30
p.m.: Outlaw Quick-32, Top Eliminator, Sportsman E.T. and Pro-Cycle.
Then, the entertainment begins. The featured cars take to the track
at 8 p.m., and again at 10 p.m., starting with the Super-Stocks followed
by the Wheelstanders and finally the Jet Cars and Dragsters.
Also making an appearance is Joe Klimarchuk's ''Hell on Wheels''
Army Tank, the only wheelstanding tank in the world, and Jim Neilson's
Mercedes Jet Limousine that can go more than 230 mph.
Although Schreiber enjoys the accolades of his profession - he was
named 1995 Showman of the Year by Pro Jet - interaction with fans is his
favorite part of racing.
''I love people, and I get attached very easily,'' he said. ''I love
it when a man comes up to me and tells me his dad used to bring him to see
me and now he is bringing his son to see me. There's something special