Bill Aston

Bill Aston

29/3/1900 - 4/3/1974

This amateur racing enthusiast served in the Great War and began his career on motor cycles before switching to four-wheel competition. In the late forties Bill was a front-runner with a 500 cc Cooper-JAP in the extremely competitive Formula 3 class. As well as wins at home, he took a prestigious Continental victory at Brussels and placed second at Zandvoort in 1949. In 1951 his Cooper - now with an 1100 cc engine - led the GP des Frontieres at Chimay before the engine seized, but he did take a third place at Goodwood in the Lavant Cup, then a five-lap sprint race. His business dealings as both civil engineer and fruit farmer no doubt helped finance his Aston-Butterworth Formula 2 single-seaters which he ran with Robin Montgomerie-Charrington. Unfortunately, these small and beautifully bodied machines saw little success, being constantly afflicted by fuel system problems. Aston sensibly withdrew from the giddy heights of the Grand Prix world after this unsuccessful foray, but continued to enjoy racing at club events. In the late fifties he raced a Jaguar D-Type and Aston Martin DBR1, often winning his class. Even when he was well past sixty years of age, Bill continued to race (and win) with a Mini and the ex-Equipe Endeavour Jaguar 3.8 saloon.

(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

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