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View Tim Gypsy Hill '64's Profile Tim Gypsy Hill '64 Flag Stoke sub normal 28 Nov 21 8.42pm Send a Private Message to Tim Gypsy Hill '64 Add Tim Gypsy Hill '64 as a friend

One of the greatest in British racing takes his final checkered flag. Will be sadly missed by many.

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Systematically dragged down by the lawmakers

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View The Dolphin's Profile The Dolphin Flag 29 Nov 21 1.48pm Send a Private Message to The Dolphin Add The Dolphin as a friend

I am with you Tim.
A proper Motor Racing man who was widely respected both inside and outside the sport.
Given his disability he did incredibly well to continue and work as he did.
Top man!

 

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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 29 Nov 21 3.28pm Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

Met him briefly at Silverstone F1 tyre test in 1987. He'd only been paralysed from the waist down a year earlier, but there he was back at work and still leading the team.
Really was a master whilst at the helm of his racing team.

 


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View Elpis's Profile Elpis Flag In a pub 30 Nov 21 6.49pm Send a Private Message to Elpis Add Elpis as a friend

I was away the weekend on the piss with an old mate and missed the sad news

RIP Frank Williams , as said a motor racing great

 

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View BlueJay's Profile BlueJay Flag UK 30 Nov 21 11.55pm Send a Private Message to BlueJay Add BlueJay as a friend

He had a real lifelong passion for the sport. Good to see so many in motor racing and elsewhere tipping their hat to him. RIP.

 

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View Fatherken's Profile Fatherken Flag 01 Dec 21 10.39am Send a Private Message to Fatherken Add Fatherken as a friend

yes he had a real love for the sport

RIP Frank

 

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 01 Dec 21 10.59am Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Frank Williams was a real, old school motor sport fanatic who fought hard through some pretty torrid times to build one of the sports most successful F1 teams. A bit like Richard Branson he ran some of his early business from a phone box after his line was cut off because of unpaid bills.

He adored Senna's driving style and managed to bring him into his team after a long courtship, only for him to be killed driving his car on that fateful weekend at Imola.

Williams was much admired for his work ethic which showed when he returned to control his team as a paraplegic so soon after he crashed his car with devastating consequences.

A lovely, gentle man who lived much longer than his doctors predicted. RIP.

 


Dad and I watched games standing on the muddy slope of the Holmesdale Road end. He cheered and I rattled.

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View Pete53's Profile Pete53 Online Flag Hassocks 01 Dec 21 10.26pm Send a Private Message to Pete53 Add Pete53 as a friend

I remember being at Silverstone for the 1979 British Grand Prix and seeing Williams win their first ever Formula One World Championship race.Clay Regazzoni was driving. That was probably the first time I witnessed a crowd invasion of the track - after the race of course!

Prior to his accident he was a very fit man, and, ironically, when his crash happened he was dashing back from France to take part in a half-marathon - I believe his PB was around 1hr 18mins. If you have a ever done a half-marathon you will appreciate how impressive that is.

Franks involvement in racing started way back in the 1960s when the likes of Graham Hill, Jim Clark, John Surtees, Jack Brabham etc. were still top of their game. With his passing another link with that era has been lost.

 

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 02 Dec 21 11.11am Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Originally posted by Pete53

I remember being at Silverstone for the 1979 British Grand Prix and seeing Williams win their first ever Formula One World Championship race.Clay Regazzoni was driving. That was probably the first time I witnessed a crowd invasion of the track - after the race of course!

Prior to his accident he was a very fit man, and, ironically, when his crash happened he was dashing back from France to take part in a half-marathon - I believe his PB was around 1hr 18mins. If you have a ever done a half-marathon you will appreciate how impressive that is.

Franks involvement in racing started way back in the 1960s when the likes of Graham Hill, Jim Clark, John Surtees, Jack Brabham etc. were still top of their game. With his passing another link with that era has been lost.

Ah yes, nice one Pete. Then there was Mansell in '87. Another fine win for Williams followed by a huge crowd invasion!

 


Dad and I watched games standing on the muddy slope of the Holmesdale Road end. He cheered and I rattled.

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