F1 » Meeting Sir Frank – A gas station pit-stop to remember

In this reader's story, F1 fan Donald Lugers recalls the moment when he unexpectedly bumped into one of his all-time motorsport heroes, Sir Frank Williams, on his way home from the 2004 Canadian Grand Prix...

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G - Unregistered

August 12, 2010 3:22 PM

Made up. At least parts of it.

Sir Frank is wheelchair bound, and cannot sign an autograph, his hands are paralyzed. I know because I asked him for one back in the late 80's.

The photo appears legit.


August 12, 2010 3:32 PM

g. yes, i think that some of it is a spoof. i started to post a different response but cancelled it. but this is a story that is not motorsport news, so i wonder why crash is running it? maybe no other news today, oh, i forgot, aragon in spain is offering to stand in for korea this year, as it again looks as if korea is in problems again. three gps in spain?? and none in france? wonder how much cash is involved? anyone know of aragon as a track capable of running f1??


August 12, 2010 3:40 PM

When it comes to his autograph it is entirely possible that his wife(dont know if he is married) or a family member handles that for him, hence the initials. This is common with athletes or public figures with that type of an injury.

James Montgomery

August 12, 2010 11:49 PM

@ Richard...... The other circuit in spain would probably suit modern F1.... very hilly, smooth and mile long run off roads of tarmac! More or less a Tilkedrome without the Tilke...

Personally I would prefer to see that circuit (regardless of it being a 3rd GP in spain) instead of another Tilkedrome!

As for this story......... the photo is real, I hope you had a nice time meeting Sir Frank..... just don't expect any money at auction for the signature as i'm sure his injuries meant he couldnt control from the neck down. :?

JDPower - Unregistered

August 13, 2010 3:14 AM

Um, James, Aragon IS a Tilkedrome :rolleyes:

If anywhere stands in for Korea make it Portimao, a stunning circuit (by new track standards).

As for the article, what's it doing on Crash? Member of the public meets Frank Williams, fascinating six year old news that :rolleyes:


August 14, 2010 1:46 AM

Sorry to all, I forgot to mention that this story is completely TRUE!

I shook his hand, he can sign 2 initials I think.

Glad you all enjoyed this story that , yes, happened 6 years ago.

Not Motor racing related?... well ,It is the EPITOME of racing related!

Sell the photo at auction???! Come on dude, I'm in it! Now it's worth 2 X's the ammount-HAH, HAH!


D.L.PS Stay tuned for the paddock stories yet to come!!!

fish fingers - Unregistered

August 15, 2010 10:23 AM

Nice, touching story Luger- bit wasted on some but there we go. I've got some good stories too, one involves a japanese race queen so can't really post it lol. It's nice when true fans get an opportunity to get up close to their heroes- I once invited a work colleague to a race, a huge fan of Mika Hakkinen. It made his year when I snapped him alongside his hero in the pits -have to thank the generosity of Mr Mosley for making it possible, he supplied the pit pass.

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