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Barry 'Whizzo' Williams. 1938 - 8th Sept 2018. RIP

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 15:32 pm
by Everso Biggyballies


Very sad to today hear of the passing of Barrie Williams, the last of the British Rat Pack as I fondly think of them.... Gerry Marshall, Tony Llanfranchi and Barry Williams. I was fortunate enough to see a lot of Barrie in the mid1970's when he drove the Arian Automotive Mazda RX3 in the BTCC with plenty of verve and spirit..

A squeaky voice but an amazing driver, always happy to be on two wheels or full opposite lock. And always a huge smile. He enjoyed driving anything on a race track, from open wheelers to tin tops etc.. Probably best known for his many years of touring cars, but certainly has continued to race in some of the most valuable collectors cars in a career that spanned over 60 years

He did run in International open wheelers back in the day, racing against people like Derek Bell, Ronnie Peterson and Frank Williams. He talks of them being wonderful days, but when his team-mate Chris Lambert was killed at Zandvoort, he decided to stop racing single-seaters.

As mentioned he was a regular pilot of Historic cars in the last 20 years or so and was part of the Goodwood furniture. He retired from racing earlier this year.
Sadly he died as a result of a fall today.

RIP Barrie 'Whizzo' Williams :rip: :flag:


A brief note from Goodwood on his passing. ... 1938-2018/

Re: Barry 'Whizzo' Williams. 1938 - 8th Sept 2018. RIP

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 16:11 pm
by erwin greven
Yes i heard about his passing on the Goodwood Revival broadcast.
:flag: :rip:

Re: Barry 'Whizzo' Williams. 1938 - 8th Sept 2018. RIP

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:41 am
by Everso Biggyballies
Tributes from around the motor racing scene continue to be made for Barrie Williams.... here is a short obit. from Autosport:

The death of Barrie 'Whizzo' Williams on Saturday morning has robbed British motorsport of one of its most enduring characters.

Williams died after a short illness and a fall at the age of 79-years-old, just two months short of his 80th birthday.

For well over 50 years he raced anything, anywhere, and in his later career was renowned as a leading proponent of historic racing with his uncanny ability to extract the maximum pace from even the most difficult of race cars.

While he will obviously be remembered for his on-track success, it was his larger-than-life, outgoing personality that left its mark on those that met him.

'Whizzo' had time for everyone, no matter where they fitted in to the sport and it would often take him a long time to walk through a race paddock as he happily stopped to chat with so many people.

Williams was born in rural Herefordshire in November 1938, the only child of doting parents Frank and Kaye.

His dad was involved in the early days of karting and Barrie was soon racing karts. His first car race was at Rufforth in Yorkshire at Easter in 1960 in his road-going Morris Minor and so it started nearly six decades of racing.

But it was not just about racing and Williams famously won the 1964 Welsh Rally in his Mini Cooper S. In the mid-60s he dabbled in single-seaters, but the death of Jim Clark had a profound impact.

"If Jim could be killed racing, what hope was there for the rest of us?" reflected Williams many years later.

Through the 1970s and '80s he made a career racing a wide array of saloon and touring cars, and raced for the works Colt team in the British Touring Car Championship.

He was a star in Production Saloons and became a one-make ace with titles in Ford Fiestas and Renault 5s.

Later, historics beckoned and proved an ideal fit for Williams's ability to slide a car to outrageous angles yet keep it firmly under control.

He won several times at Goodwood, notably in the inaugural TT Celebration in 1998 in Nigel Corner's E-type.

Finally, as his health deteriorated, he hung up his helmet at the end of 2017 and called time on a most remarkable career.

Out of the car, Williams was unfailingly approachable and never short of a witty comment and customary grin.

He cared passionately about the sport that gave him so much and he was always particularly keen to encourage and coach younger drivers.

Williams served enthusiastically as president of the British Motorsport Marshals' Club.

He is survived by his partner Cathy and countless friends across the sport. Motor racing has lost one of its biggest characters of the last half-century. ... s-19382018