2017-11-25 10:55:07 UTC
available on Netflix in the UK, not sure about other countries.The film
focuses mainly on Sir Frank, his wife Ginny and daughter Claire with
substantial contributions from Frank Dernie ("Nigel was a superb driver
but an absolute arse!") and Dave Brodie (anyone involved in saloon car
racing in the 60s and 70s will remember "Run Baby Run"). Howden Ganley,
Alan Jones, Nigel Mansell, Jacques Villeneuve and Patrick Head all
contribute (but not, interestingly, Damon Hill).
I found the time sequence a bit muddled and there were not that many
racing clips but it was nevertheless a fascinating, and sometimes
emotional, glimpse into the Williams family dynamic. My main impression
of Sir Frank himself is that he is a deeply flawed individual:
unemotional, relentlessly competitive, no interest in literature or the
arts, totally obsessed with motor racing - perhaps you have to be that
way to succeed.
Or perhaps after his great friend Piers Courage was killed driving the
Williams-entered de Tomaso at Zandvoort Frank forced himself to reject
any form of emotional response. Combined with his intense
competitiveness this must have helped him survive the appalling injuries
he later suffered in France.
Thinking back to that 1970 season I remember strolling around the
paddock before the race and looking at the Williams transporter (more of
a large van really). It was rather scruffy and the signwritten name
"Piers Courage" on the side had been crudely painted out but still
showed through (Brian Redman drove the car IIRC). I remember thinking,
"now that’s a team without a future"!
“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional”