As a young boy Pete became fascinated by motorcycles during a Christmas parade in his home town. He loved those two wheeled machines that made noise and went fast! When he became a teenager, the first thing on his mind was to buy a Harley-Davidson. He found one and shortly after the priority became modifying the engine. His best friend had a Triumph and Pete had to outrun him. Speed parts were not easy to come by, but someone in California was marketing a dual carburetor set up. It was outrageously priced so Pete made his own and the Triumph was history!
After his son was born, he began drag racing a supercharged alcohol knucklehead. Pete and his wife raced this for a few years, and were fairly successful with it. In 1976, after the birth of their daughter, they went to Indianapolis and saw a Top Fuel motorcycle go down the track and they were hooked! They had opened a motorcycle shop by then and built a race bike. They finished 4th in points for IDBA that first year. In 1979 they finished #3 for Drag bike, #2 in 1980 and #1 in 1981. In 1979 IDBA awarded the Hills the First Family of Drag Racing award. In 1988, Pete ran a 4 second eighth mile on a Harley-Davidson. Pete also won the #1 plate for AMRA that year and again in 1989. In October of 1989 he went to Tennessee and set a world record for Harleys on this same strip - 4.75 seconds in 1/8th mile. Who says nice guys finish last!