Bill Caswell is a self-taught racing driver, mechanic, and fabricator. He rose to internet fame by taking a $500 Craigslist BMW to a World Rally Championship event in Mexico in March of 2010. His exploits have since been featured in places like ESPN Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, Wired, and Jalopnik.com.
Caswell graduated with an MBA from University of Chicago in 2004 and spent several years working in finance. The economic downturn gave him the opportunity, if not the funding, to follow his dreams, and after constructing a car for pennies in his mom’s garage, he entered the world of rally in 2009.
The next fifteen months saw Caswell embark on his Mexican adventure—with no team, no budget, and only a co-driver for help, he achieved a podium finish in one of the sport’s most grueling events. Emboldened, he spent the next year and a half competing in countless rallies and the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. Last year, he built a Baja 1000 racer from a BMW 3-Series in less than 14 days; he competed in the event one week later and developed an international following.
Caswell currently writes for Jalopnik.com and Wired. Paramount Pictures recently announced the development of a major motion picture based on his life’s story starring Academy-Award-nominated actor Jeremy Renner. A lifelong fan of rally and motorsport, Caswell famously believes nothing to be impossible.
Videos of Caswell:
A compilation video from various youtube videos:
Miller Welding partnership at SEMA:
24hrs of lemons in 72 hrs: