Articles tagged Jonathan Williams

Page 48 of August 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 48, August 1981

The art of giving up gracefully - Jonathan Williams

For every driver who makes it to the select world of Formula One, there must be 20 who have set off down this ambitious road and failed to make the grade for one reason or another. In the mid-1960s there was a whole host of enthusiastic young British drivers contesting the 1-litre Formula 3 category, all of them hell-bent on making their names in the upper echelons of the sport. They included...

Page 98 of November 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 98, November 2014

Too free a spirit for Ferrari

He started only one GP, but had a better track record than the wider world appreciated. This is our tribute to the unconventional Jonathan Williams, who always knew there was more to life than racing. He passed away recently Writer: Adam Cooper Given that he lived a quiet and low-key life in Spain, Jonathan Williams was always bemused by the ability of a certain group of people to track him down...

Page 45 of November 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 45, November 2014


Jonathan Williams A prolific F3 and F2 competitor during the 1960s, this Cairo-born Englishman has passed away aged 71. Although he scored a number of significant victories in junior categories, his world championship F1 career was restricted to a single race, standing in for injured Ferrari driver Mike Parkes in the 1967 Mexican GP. For a full appraisal of this engaging character’s career, turn...

Page 12 of November 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 12, November 2014


Born close to London but based in Belgium, Adam Cooper isn’t quite as itinerant as Jonathan Williams, the unsung former Ferrari driver to whom he pays affectionate tribute on page 98. James Mitchell has been busy of late, photographing Lunch With... – his regular gig – and accompanying Mark Hughes to Piero Ferrari’s office for this month’s exclusive interview. Once a teenage ‘gofer’ for Colin...

Page 116 of August 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 116, August 2014

Lunch with... David Brodie

For much of his 50 years in British racing he was a serial winner, and he rubbed shoulders with the Formula 1 crowd as wellWriter Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell As we know, Formula 1 has pretty much taken over the motor sporting world. It gets almost all of the media coverage, almost all of the money and virtually all of the glory. A whole new generation of people who think of...

Page 39 of August 1968 archive issue thumbnail Page 39, August 1968

Grand Prix Practice

Could it be improved? Without delving into the archives or pouring over history books I could not say exactly when the idea of practicing for a race first caught on. It is pretty certain that drivers did not practice the routes of the early town-to-town races at the start of the century, for in the beginning it was achievement enough to get from the start to the finish. Testing was certainly...

Page 33 of June 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 33, June 1999

Le Mans! Camera! Action!

Remember the film 'Le Mans'? Jonathan Williams does: he was the man hired to drive the camera car, Steve McQueen's own Porsche 908, in the actual race to get realistic footage. This is his story. Not long ago, I spent a couple of hours sitting at a table in a French hotel, signing my name five hundred times. I was rewarded at the rate of two dollars per scribble, which strikes me as the kind of...

Page 69 of April 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 69, April 1997

The other British F1 drivers

Reg Parnell was not strictly a works driver but raced Tony Vandervell's Ferrari 375 'Thinwall Special' to fourth place in the 1951 French Grand Prix. Roy Salvadori made a one-off appearance for Ferrari when he finished eighth in the 1952 British GP. Cliff Allison joined the Ferrari grand prix team in 1959 with Tony Brooks but with little success. In 1960 he finished second in Argentina but...

Page 76 of July 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 76, July 1988

Too Many Projects

The Americans wanted open roadsters for their sports-car series, but with Group 7 deleted, Europe needed a Group 4 sports coupe. Jackie Epstein wanted a replacement for his ageing Ferrari 250 LM. With his Lola T70 experience in the 1966 CanAm Championship, he asked Eric Broadley to build him a coupé based on the T70 but, remembering Hawkins fiip at Mosport, he specified "it must have a front end...

Page 45 of January 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 45, January 1993

Teaming Metropolis

Into the tight right-hander at Lodge Corner. There's room for a Rover Metro and a couple of inches of daylight down the inside. Wait for his brake lights to come on. Count to three, grit teeth and go for it . . . now! You're through the corner as one, but the tighter line confers a couple of inches' advantage as you aim slightly left up the hill at Deer Leap. Perhaps you're too busy concentrating...



November 2019
Ultimate Porsche: The Most Ruthless Racer Ever Built



Sign up to our newsletters
The latest news, straight to your inbox – click below to sign up to the newsletter list.



The Motor Sport App
Carry Motor Sport with you, wherever you go. On iOS, Android and Kindle.


Noticed a mistake on this page?

Tell Us About It