Bill Martensen: The Privateer

Bill Martensen was an American born “privateer” who broke into the dangerous and elitist world of the European Formula Racing Circuit in the 1960’s.

From humble blue-collar beginnings in Detroit, through a stint with the Army in Cold War Germany thwarting neo-Nazis, to running contraband through his military connections in order to fund his racing dreams, Bill schemed, stole, and outwit his way across the Atlantic to garner the attention of Europe’s racing elite.

This is his story... 

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