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Two motorsport greats have died this week

Discussion in 'Rally & race' started by Rob Gaskin, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator

    Sadly Barrie (Whizzo) Williams and Bill Gwynne.

    https://www.autosport.com/historics/news/138594/obituary-barrie-whizzo-williams-19382018

    I saw Barrie racing a few times and he was very quick and entertaining even into his seventies. He finished racing last year at 79 and his mother is still alive! Barrie owned a 240Z for a while (the one on the Hagerty Insurance video) and came over to talk to us about Datsuns at the Gold Cup a few years ago. He has raced Big Sam 'in it's day' too. He was a very down to earth guy who phoned me a few times about Datsun specialists etc and he was a 'Z Club Member' for a while.

    http://www.billgwynne.com/

    When I did a few Motoring News road rallies in the 70s Bill Gwynne was a 'big' name. I met up with my rallying mate Pete Forrester last year at a reunion I asked him who he considered to be the best driver he had navigated for and he said it was Bill. Pete said he was fast but very smooth and un-hurried, which makes a navigator confident and able to do their job better.
     
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  2. richiep

    richiep
    Z Club Member

    Damn - I’d completely missed this post Rob. Sad to hear about Whizzo Williams. I met and chatted with him at the Gold Cup mentioned above. He even sat in my car for a while. An impressive career, talented driver, and a nice man. :(
     

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