Film Night 19

Time for a special Formula 1 based Film Night tonight. As winter testing for the Formula 1 World Championship concludes at the Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain this evening, we thought that we should have a look at some of the rich history of motorsports premier category.

Possibly the most respected team on the grid is Williams F1, known to most fans of the sport as Williams Grand Prix Engineering (the title of the team during their heyday in the 1980s). Even if you are a fan of another team, most people would probably name the family run team from Grove in Oxfordshire as their second favourite team. So let’s have a look at a series of films celebrating the rich history of the team which has so far claimed 7 F1 World Drivers Championship titles, and look set to have a bit of a renaissance during 2014 if testing times are anything to go on.

Motorsport journalist, and one of the men behind the attempt to get US F1 on to the grid in 2010, Peter Windsor is intrinsically connected to Frank Williams’ squad having worked on the commercial side at Williams, alongside our much-missed mate Sheridan Thynne, during the 80s and 90s and clearly the Grove squad holds a special place in his heart.

As part of his excellent F1 blog Windsor posts lots of interviews, in-depth reports, analysis and historical insights on his youtube page. Whilst scanning through this page last week we spotted some fantastic behind the scenes videos about the Williams team.

Amongst these Williams features, we particularly enjoyed the video tour of the Williams F1 Collection, housed within the Williams Conference Centre, just next to the F1 factory at Grove. This tour is especially good as it is conducted by Jonathan Williams (Frank’s Son), but also contains Windsor’s memories and thoughts as a man in the team at the time.

We particularly enjoyed the look at the Williams FW12 of 1988, firstly as it is the only Judd powered Williams and therefore shares a power plant with a number of Top 12 Run Off winners down the years, but also as Mr Editor was lucky enough to be a guest of Williams as a 9 year-old at the 1988 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

James Wills Williams FW12

Mr Editor has a seat fitting in a FW12 at Silverstone in 1988!


Check out this fantastic 6 part series…. Which is your favourite Williams chassis, do let us know?









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