The CRMC is saddened to learn of the passing of our Patron, Peter Williams, on Sunday Morning.
Peter started racing in 1964 and entered his first Isle of Man Grand Prix the same year. He won the North West 200 in 1966 and finished 4th place in the 500cc World Championship in 1967.
A strong engineer, Williams worked for Norton and raced Commandos in larger capacity races. He teamed up with Charlie Sanby in 1969 to win the Thruxton 500 Endurance Race.
Peter won his first and only World Championship race at the Ulster Grand Prix of 1971, and won the Isle of Man Formula 750 TT in 1973 on a JPS Norton. Peter’s prosperous racing career was sadly cut short after an accident at Oulton Park in 1974.
Outside of racing, Peter operated a motorcycle dealership in Southampton and was involved in the development of a carbon fibre monocoque designed Superbike with Lotus Cars. Peter also had his own business, Peter Williams Motorcycles, which recreated a limited number of the 1973 style of bike he used to race.
Peter never lost his dry sense of humour throughout his life, and won’t be forgotten in the racing world.
RIP Peter Williams.