Not many men can have turned down the chance to race for the works Suzuki team, forfeited a ride with the Honda factory, and declined an offer to work as a designer for Yamaha, whether for reasons of patriotism or loyalty - but Peter Williams did all three. Instead, except for a brief link with MZ - for which he scored the East German factory's final GP race victory in the 1971 350cc Ulster GP, which was also his own solitary World Championship race win - he raced exclusively aboard British bikes during his ten-year racing career, which ended in 1974 with his tragic Oulton Park accident on the spaceframe F750 John Player Norton.
Son of Jack Williams, creator of the Matchless G50 who also supervised development of the AJS Porcupine twin and 7R single during his time as chief engineer for AMC/Associated Motor Cycles, Peter was equally skilled as both designer and racer. After training as a draughtsman, he worked at the Ford car factory where he was exposed to the increasing sophistication of mid-'60s racing car design, while beginning to race motorcycles in 1964, finishing third in the 1965 Manx GP on a 250cc Greeves two-stroke. Just two years after starting racing, in 1966 Williams began his GP race career as the eternal runner-up to Agostini's works MV Agusta triple aboard Tom Arter's slower but better-handling AJS and Matchless singles - latterly equipped with modern-style 'wheelbarrow' cast wheels which Williams himself designed in 1967 while recuperating from GP race injuries. Peter was always at the forefront of new technology, and besides cast wheels was a pioneering user of disc brakes, and a full-face helmet, all now commonplace features in motorcycling today.
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KTM 890 DUKE
You can’t say that KTM isn’t prolific but, when motorcycles are as good as they generally always are from the Austrian manufacturer, who are we to complain?
A while back, we covered the Zontes ZT310-X1 as part of the small bike feature. There was no way we could not help but be impressed by nearly every aspect of the bike, be it equipment, performance, frugality, price, comfort, looks or quality. It was clearly a bike that was punching way above its weight.
27/08/1939 – 20/12/2020 PETER WILLIAMS Obituary
Britain’s Peter Williams, often acclaimed as the finest GP racer/engineer of modern times, passed away quietly on December 20 in his sleep, after a long illness. He was 81 years old.
Peter Williams Engineer
Williams and the magnesium alloy wheeled ‘Arter’ Matchless. Note the front and rear disc brakes that Williams also helped develop for motorcycles. Despite the front one being tiny by today’s standards, it was still an improvement over drum brakes.
Great Bikes? Yamaha V-Max
Some bikes earn reputations, be it for speed, looks, wayward handling, whatever. Some bikes are spoken about in hushed tones, generally tones of awe or fear. Some bikes achieve greatness, some have it thrust upon them! Some we forget.
The Franskraal Tour
Much selling and buying of motorbikes happened in the Yell household over Christmas. It was with great sadness that I finally decided to sell Sir Galahad (my 30-year old Honda Africa Twin XRV750) and buy a half share in a bike more suitable for Annette to ride as well. We’d been talking to her ex editor’s husband, De Wet, about the possibility of buying his tricked-out 2008 Suzuki DR650 for some time, and struck the deal as soon as Sir Galahad was sold.
MV Agusta's Timur Sardarov Russian Relaunch
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Think Bike Giving Back To Biking
[I’m always ready to acknowledge those among us who give of their time freely to help others. I’ve been aware of the ThinkBike initiative for many years but never really understood how it worked. So, when Quinton van Eeden reached out to me and asked if I would like an article explaining ThinkBike, the work they do and the volunteers who do it, it was the perfect opportunity to learn more about this body of men and women who do so much to make motorcycling safer for all of us. Ed]
The Custom Builders - Part 3: Reconstructed
I first became aware of Theunis from Reconstructed custom workshop a few years ago, when he arrived at a Triumph Day in Modderfontein with his radical Rocket 3 custom. It drew a lot of attention and comment, which was exactly what Theunis was aiming for from his first build.
Magni MV Italia Yesterday Once More
There’s certainly no company more entitled to produce a retro model using current MV Agusta hardware than Moto Magni, whose founder the late Arturo Magni was the architect of the historic Italian marque’s remarkable haul of 75 road racing World Championships in 26 years.
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Bills Digest BUZZ Box: Five hot topics Bills fans are talking about
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49ers have long list of decisions to make with their own FAs
ONE-HIT WONDERS “STAY”
MAURICE WILLIAMS’ “STAY” celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020, his sole Top 40 hit as a singer, which reached No. 1 in November 1960 by Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs. In the prior decade, Maurice had been a member of the R&B group The Gladiolas, with the doo-wop song “Little Darlin’,” which was successfully covered by the Canadian doo-wop quartet The Diamonds, reaching No. 2.
A Vibrant Reimagining of a Mid-'60s Williamsburg High-Rise Co-op
Cassandra Bromfield inherited the apartment from her mother and has made it her own.
An Elegantly DIY Williamsburg Apartment With a Vreeland-Red Wall
Taylor Angino and Kiko Sih’s place is always evolving.
ATHLEISURE LIST: Williamsburg, BK WINONA'S
Winona's launched last month in Williamsburg, BK. With a nod to this family-owned business with British roots. It has a focus on clean flavors and locally sourced ingredients.