" Photo Billy ", Charles Haffer
was an excellent night of racing at Quincy Raceways
By Danny Rosencrans
Sunday was an excellent night of
racing at Quincy Raceways, but it has become a bittersweet
About 27 hours after the last
checkers flew, and the last feature winner photo was
taken, tragedy struck. Our track photographer, " Photo
Billy ", Charles Haffer was fatally injured in a traffic
crash returning from yet another racing event. Billy was
from St Peters, Mo., but stayed over Sunday night in
Quincy to get a jump start on a trip to Oskaloosa, Iowa
for the Monday night 410 sprint car race that preceeds the
Billy took pictures, and
was headed back to Quincy with two friends when they
apparently experienced mechanical problems with their car
near Ottumwa, Iowa. They were struck from behind by a
tractor trailer, and both Billy and Tony Penberty were
killed, while the driver, Robert Lindsay, was
hospitalized. Although this was his first season taking
pictures at QR, he had quickly become a favorite among the
drivers and others who knew him. Besides taking quality
photos, he was very accomodating.
He always made the rounds through
the pits before the races while his daughter manned the
picture table. He was a " type A " person, who went out of
his way to be a friend to all, a person who never knew a
stranger. Billy was 44 years young. QR is planning several
tributes this Sunday to honor him, and Griffin Motorsports
will be selling decals with the proceeds going to the
RIP, my friend.
** FUNERAL FOR PHOTO BILLY **
Viewing Friday 5-8
PM at Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Mo.
Saturday 9-2 Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Mo.
FUNERAL 2 PM and Burial at Haffer Cemetary, 14 miles
outside of Steelville.
We hope this works with some
of your schedules and you are able to share a memory or
two with his family as we lay him to rest in that great
racetrack in the sky. God bless you all for your thoughts
and prayers. It means a lot to us all.
~ Rod Haffer