RIP Whizzo – a true rac­ing gent

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I was sad­dened to read of the pass­ing of Bar­rie ‘Whizzo’ Wil­liams. I first met him when at­tend­ing an un­der-17 car club in 1974/5 at Fin­mere, where Barry as­sessed our abil­i­ties, or lack thereof, to drive a car. He was a great men­tor to ev­ery­one.

I re­call him turn­ing up in a Toy­ota Cel­ica Mk1 and en­thralling us all as he did dough­nut after dough­nut, clock­wise and anti, around a tyre. He got out to cheers from us teenagers, telling us not try that with dad’s car, which brought forth a lot of ‘don’t even think about it’ from par­ents.

My fa­ther and I fol­lowed his rac­ing ca­reer and when­ever pos­si­ble got to lo­cal cir­cuits where he was rac­ing: Sil­ver­stone, Don­ning­ton etc. We’d meet up with him in the pad­dock to have a catch-up. He never for­got my name and to fa­ther it was al­ways: ‘Hello, Dad’. Rem­i­nisc­ing this week­end I re­called a trip to a saloon car event at Sil­ver­stone. We caught up with Bar­rie in the bar, along with Tony Lan­franchi and Gerry Mar­shall. Soft drinks all round, please. Then lat­terly at Race Retro, where Bar­rie al­ways held the au­di­ence cap­tive when he was talk­ing on stage of his ex­ploits. Then he’d hap­pily chat with us be­fore dash­ing off to an­other meet­ing or to demon­strate a car in ac­tion on the live stage. He was a true gent and, as you say, will be sorely missed by his many fans and the rac­ing,

fra­ter­nity. Rest in peace Bar­rie. Gor­don Dow, Daven­try

Bar­rie ‘Whizzo’ Wil­liams in ac­tion.

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