One of Formula One's truest stalwarts will have his 40 years in the top flight celebrated at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed, as organisers pay tribute to Sir Frank Williams' contribution to grand prix racing.
Throughout the Festival weekend, a number of significant Williams Grand Prix cars and former drivers will be present, culminating on Sunday [5 July] with a gathering of each car and driver in the Goodwood F1 Paddock assembly area to honour the man behind the team.
Formula One favourite Murray Walker will say a few words about Williams' remarkable career in motorsport, while drivers including Williams world champions Damon Hill and Alan Jones, along with David Coulthard and Jacques Laffite, are expected to be present.
A gathering of 13 important Williams F1 cars will be either on show or in action at the Festival, ranging from the 1970 De Tomaso-Cosworth Tipo 505 right through to the recent Williams-Toyota FW29. Jones' Cosworth-powered 1980 F1 championship-winning FW08 and Hill's successful Renault-engined 1996 winner will also be present and in action on the challenging 1.16-mile hillclimb course.
“It will be great for me, and for all of the people that have been a part of Williams, or supported the team over the years, to be there to see a broad selection of our cars, past and present,” Williams admitted.
British F3 driver Sam Bird will drive Hill's title-winning Williams on all three days of the Festival of Speed [3-5 July], having become a part of the team's development roster by conducting aero tests.
“It is a real privilege for me to represent Williams F1 at the Festival of Speed, and I'm very excited about the prospect of driving such a legendary car,” Bird, who currently lies second in the F3 Euroseries, said, “I am also very proud to be at Goodwood to honour Sir Frank's 40 years in motorsport. He is a true icon to all young drivers and to motor racing fans around the world.”