In yet another demonstration that the times the are a’ changing at Williams, long-time team manager with both Williams F1 Team and Williams Heritage Dickie Stanford has announced via social media that he has joined United Autosports as Historic Motorsport Project Manager.
Stanford, who joined Williams in 1985 as race mechanic for Nigel Mansell, and rose through the ranks to become Team Manager in 1995.
Dickie moved from Williams F1 outfit to Williams Heritage – the arm of Williams that was responsible for the maintenance, preparation and running of Williams stable of old Grand Prix cars – where he served as General Manager until Dorilton Capital‘s takeover of the team in August of this year.
United Autosports – part owned by McLaren CEO Zak Brown – is one of the largest motorsports companies in the UK and competes in a number of global motorsport series, including the European & Asian Le Mans Series, Michelin Le Mans Cup, British GT, Blancpain Endurance Championship, FIA GT3 Championship, British Touring Car Championship, the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, the GT Cup & the Supercar Challenge.
Alongside this, United Autosports’ has a Historic Motorsport division which owns, restores and races a plethora of old Grand Prix cars, including a 1987 Williams FW11, a Williams FW07B, a Williams FW18, an ex-Senna Toleman, the 1978 championship winning Lotus 79 and a handful of McLarens amongst others and it’s this team that Dickie joins.
“I am delighted to be joining United Autosports as Historic Motorsport Project Manager and I am looking forward to working on new and very exciting ongoing historic projects with the team. United Autosports have some of the best examples of F1, Indy cars and sports cars in the world. I would like to say thank you to Zak and Richard and the rest of the team at United Autosports for my very warm welcome.” Dickie said on arriving at UA.
And so another part of Williams’ rich past moves on to pastures new, and leaves behind him a number of question marks about the future of Williams Heritage (if it even still exists!)
With his vast knowledge of Formula 1 cars of the 1980s and 1990s through his work at Williams both then and since, there’s probably nobody in the world who would be a better fit for United Autosports to bring on board to fill the role.
Good luck Dickie!