Cars I’ve known


I’ve been involved with cars pretty much all my life.  I had my first shunt in my Dad’s Sunbeam Talbot (I was a babe at the time, and cracked my forehead on the rear-vision mirror when my Mum was obliged to brake suddenly) and I was changing gear, and throwing our Morris Cowley around on dirt roads in Australia, at the age of about seven.  Before I worked for the AARC in Sydney I pumped petrol at a filling station in West Ryde (aged 14).  I’ve lost count of the number of cars I’ve since owned or looked after.  As a journalist in the 1970s and 80s I was lucky enough to run a different long-term test car virtually every year.  I’ve also been very fortunate to have driven some excellent racing cars and to have raced a wide variety of cars for about a decade.  The results weren’t spectacular but then I did operate on a shoe-string and had very little time for testing or preparation.  Driving highlights include laps of Zandvoort in David McLaughlin’s ex-Jim Clark Lotus 49 and a Ricard test with a Toyota TF109B V10; and on the racing side I guess I’d list my second place at Macau in the Jackie Chan Trophy Race, a third at Lydden in a Formula Vee and a second at Silverstone in a Caterham (in the wet).  On the other side of the coin, I had a big shunt testing at Silverstone when a front hub broke on my Metro Challenge car and I was sitting next to Tom Walkinshaw when a similar thing happened to his Capri at Copse Corner.  Add Sir Frank Williams’ very unfortunate accident in the Ford Sierra and I guess you could say that I’ve seen the motoring and motor racing world from all angles.  Here’s the first part of some the highlights:

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Perfil de Peter Windsor:

Peter WindsorBorn in the UK (1952) but raised in Sydney, Australia, Peter became Press Officer of the Australian Automobile Racing Club (AARC) at the age of 17 and played an active role in the organization of the famous Warwick Farm circuit near Liverpool, Sydney.

Peter joined Williams full-time in 1985 as Manager of Sponsorship and Public Affairs but switched to Ferrari in 1989 to manage their UK F1 facility. He then returned to Williams as Team Manager in 1991, winning both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships.After moving to the UK in 1972, Peter wrote for Competition Car magazine and was appointed Sports Editor of Autocar magazine in 1975. He went on to win five international awards for his writing, including Sports Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year. In 2013 he has also been awarded the Gold Medal of Imola by the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy Committee for his services to motor sport. Peter quickly diversified into F1 driver and team management, working with Frank Williams from 1978 onwards (developing Williams’ new Saudi sponsorship) and with drivers Carlos Reutemann and Nigel Mansell. Reutemann went on to finish runner-up in the 1981 World Championship and Mansell to win the title in 1992. Today he works closely with the world’s pre-eminent driver coach, Rob Wilson.

Peter was Grand Prix Editor of F1 Racing magazine from 1997-2009 and today is that magazine’s Senior Feature Writer and Columnist. He also writes for the BRDC Bulletin, AutoSport (Japan), the Goodwood magazine and presents his own, weekly, on-line chat show, The Racer’s Edge in association with F1 Racing magazine.

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