Ford World Rally Team
The Ford World Rally Team known as the Ford Motor Co. Team prior to 2005, is Ford Motor Company's full factory World Rally Championship team. In its current form, it has been a competitor since the 1997 season, when Ford Motor Company's motorsport arm selected the Malcolm Wilson Motorsport company to run its factory team, entering the Ford Escort World Rally Car; the new team took their first victory in the 1997 Acropolis Rally. Gerard Quinn senior manager motorsport Ford of Europe Malcolm Wilson team director Christian Loriaux technical director BP Castrol Michelin Icepeak Teng Tools Sparco OZ Racing Recaro M-Sport Reiger Racing Ford would end the 1978 season with a win for Hannu Mikkola on season ending Lombard RAC Rally, at the hands of an Escort RS1800, he would be followed home by Björn Waldegård and Britain's Russell Brookes, all in similar machinery. Ford had a long and successful history in rallying, winning the World Rally Championship in 1979 with the Ford Escort RS1800 and drivers Hannu Mikkola, Björn Waldegård and Ari Vatanen.
Ford did not enter any cars for these seasons after winning the 1979 World Rally Championship season, they instead concentrated on development of the stillborn Ford Escort RS 1700T. However, Ari Vatanen did win the 1981 drivers championship in a Rothmans liveried Ford Escort RS, this was run by David Sutton Cars, not an official works Ford World Rally team; the Boreham-based team were again missing from the 1985 season. Lessons learned from the RS 1700T programme were being used in the development of Ford's new rally weapon, the RS200, which would not hit the stages until 1986. Having spent time away from the sport developing the Ghia styled RS200, Ford made a return to the World Rallying stage at the second round in Sweden. Ford's new RS200 featured four-wheel drive, a turbocharged Cosworth BDT engine generating 450 bhp and a new blue and white Ford Motorsport livery. Ford employed the services of Swedish drivers Stig Blomqvist and Kalle Grundel, but they would each only be entered on four rallies, in a season overshadowed with tragedy.
Grundel achieved a podium finish on the RS200's debut in Sweden, a result that would not be bettered all season, the following round in Portugal saw an RS200 driven by Joaquim Santos leave the road, killing three spectators, Ford withdrew their entry for that rally. Fifth place for Grundel on the Lombard RAC Rally marked the end of the road for the RS200, as Group B rallying was banned for 1987, Ford finished fifth in the manufacturers championship behind rivals Peugeot, Lancia and Audi. Ford started the post Group B era with the Sierra XR4x4, which had the benefits of 4WD, but was not as powerful as its rivals, replaced it with the RWD Sierra RS Cosworth, more powerful, but lacked grip and traction on the gravel rallies that dominate the World Rally Championship. Stig Blomqvist was entered into the Monte Carlo and New Zealand rounds of the championship in a white Texaco sponsored Ford Sierra XR4x4, he could only muster a 6th-place finish on his home rally, after being disqualified and crashing out of the other two rallies.
The Sierra RS Cosworth proved to be far more successful in comparison, it would not win during 1987, but it did achieve a number of podium finishes. The car debuted on the Safari Rally, again driven by Stig Blomqvist, but would retire following a fire, its next outing would be on the island of Corsica. Blomqvist would again retire with turbo failure, but his teammates Carlos Sainz and Didier Auriol would fare much better, finishing 7th and 8th respectively. Ari Vatanen paired up with Blomqvist on the 1000 Lakes Rally in Finland, their speed and experience helping to negate some of the advantage of 4WD that their rivals enjoyed, they would finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. Ford would finish the season with 2nd and 3rd places for Blomqvist and Jimmy McRae, again against more capable rival machinery. Sporadic appearances throughout the season with cars that were compromised in one way or another meant that Stig Blomqvist would finish in a lowly 7th position in the drivers championship, whilst Ford could only manage to finish 5th in the manufacturers championship.
Ford entered the 1988 World Rally Championship season using both the XR4x4 and the Sierra RS Cosworth models, the Texaco sponsorship had gone, the cars now featured a corporate blue and white striped Ford colour scheme, similar to that seen on the Ford RS200 in 1986. The services of Stig Blomqvist, Carlos Sainz and Didier Auriol were retained from 1987, each driver being entered on the rallies in Portugal and Italy. Blomqvist would be entered for Round 2 in Rally Sweden, whilst Sainz and Auriol were entered in Corsica. A three car team of Blomqvist and Mark Lovell were entered for the season closing Lombard RAC Rally. Blomqvist kicked off Ford's season with 2nd place on his home round in a Rallysport Sweden prepared Sierra XR4x4, the best result for the 4WD Ford, something that would not be bettered; the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth would return for Round 3 in Portugal, Blomqvist would use it to finish in 5th place, but only after Sainz and Auriol had both retired from the event. Ford would return to winning ways in Corsica.
Sainz would collect points for 5th in Corsica and 6th in Finland, another rally where Auriol would finish on the podium, this time in 3rd place, two places ahead of Blomqvist. Auriol's luck would run out on the San Remo rally in Italy, suffering an accident that would force him to retire, Sa
NASCAR Pinty's Series
The NASCAR Pinty's Series abbreviated as NPS, is a national NASCAR racing series in Canada, with one race in the United States, a continuation of the old CASCAR Super Series, founded in 1981. In September 2006 NASCAR announced the purchase of the CASCAR Super Series, the top stock-car racing series at the time. At the same time, they announced a long-term sponsorship agreement with Canadian Tire as the title sponsor, they announced a television contract with TSN to carry all events with select races being aired live. Three of the series races, Edmonton and Montreal, had crowds in excess of 50,000 fans; the 2007 season was the inaugural season for the series with the first event being held on May 26, 2007, at Cayuga Motor Speedway with Don Thomson Jr. winning in a spirited battle. Andrew Ranger, in his first year of stock-car competition, won the second race, at Mosport International Raceway, he took over the lead in the points standings after that event and never relinquished it on his way to the first championship.
The first season saw five races decided on last-lap passes. The 2008 season featured Scott Steckly, he won three of the first four events of the year and held the lead in the driver championship point standings all season long. He set a series record with four victories throughout the year; the third season had Andrew Ranger taking centre stage by winning his second series championship in three seasons. He completed his transition from the open-wheel racing world by incorporating his road courses experience with a strong performances on the oval tracks. During the season, he won a single-season series record six races—three on road courses and three on ovals; the 2010 season belonged to D. J. Kennington, he won his first series title on the power of nine top-fives and eleven top-10 finishes. Kennington battled JR Fitzpatrick for the points lead all season as the two exchanged the top spot an unprecedented five times. Kennington finished second to fellow Pinty's Series competitor Jason Bowles in the Toyota All-Star Showdown.
In 2011, Steckly had a strong season where he won three events and finished in the runner-up position four times on his way to capture his second championship over Kennington, who had a pair of wins. Long-time road racer Robin Buck and rookie Peter Shepherd won their first events. Ranger won the two biggest events of the year in dominant fashion at Toronto. Former champion Don Thomson Jr. retired after a lengthy career. In 2012, Kennington won a record seven events, including five consecutively, during the summer. Kennington won his second championship in three years, he faced competition from runners-up J. R. Fitzpatrick and Ranger who both won two events. On February 17, 2015, Canadian Tire announced they would not renew their sponsorship of the series after the 2015 season. On December 7, NASCAR and Pinty's Delicious Foods Inc. announced a six-year agreement to sponsor the series beginning with the 2016 season. The 2018 Pinty's Series included its first race in the United States, a 100-lap race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as part of a three-race event featuring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 250.
For the 2019 season General Tire replaced Goodyear as exclusive tire supplier for the series. The NASCAR Pinty's Series contains drivers with backgrounds. Veteran Canadian drivers compete in the series on a part-time basis for fun while maintaining full-time careers, while others are serious championship contenders. In recent years, a NASCAR regional series driver from the United States will run in the races to gain experience and with NASCAR's specification engine rule. Drivers include Jason Bowles, Timmy Hill, Tony Stewart, Dave Blaney and Austin Dillon. Drivers with open-wheel and road racing backgrounds have attempted races, Jacques Villeneuve, Max Papis, Alex Tagliani, Jean-François Dumoulin and Patrick Carpentier. Former National Hockey League player Patrice Brisebois runs in the major events which now feature over 40 cars. In 2011, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a record three female drivers, Maryeve Dufault, Caitlin Johnston and Isabelle Tremblay, attempted the event, female drivers make up a portion of the field.
The series is series for NASCAR's top national touring divisions. Driver like Fitzpatrick, Ranger and Thomson Jr. have competed in the Xfinity Series, while Pierre Bourque and Derek White have raced in the Camping World Truck Series. Ranger finished third in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series event in Montreal after battling with eventual race winner Carl Edwards for much of the race, he competed in the 2011 Sprint Cup Series event at Watkins Glen for FAS Lane Racing finishing 35th after suffering from transmission failure. The following are the tracks which have been, are used in the NASCAR Pinty's Series: A gradual implementation of both competition and safety-based modifications have been made to the cars used in the CASCAR Super Series; these include a move to a Goodyear 9.5" tires, the same size, used in all NASCAR stock-car series, on-dash electrical and ignition systems, in-car fire-suppression equipment and increased fuel cell protection. In 2009, the option of utilizing the NASCAR spec engine program was introduced.
The cars use steel tube-framed silhouette stock cars powered by carbureted V8 engines. The cars have a high minimum weight, so development of lightweight components is minimal. A number of components are specified by the rules, as parity is given priority over vehicle development. Manufacturer involvement is therefore limited to supply arrangements for long-developed crate motors, branding on the largely
The Dakar Rally is an annual rally raid organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Most events since the inception in 1978 were from Paris, France, to Dakar, but due to security threats in Mauritania, which led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally, races since 2009 have been held in South America; the race is open to amateur and professional entries, amateurs making up about eighty percent of the participants. The race is an off-road endurance event; the terrain that the competitors traverse is much tougher than that used in conventional rallying, the vehicles used are true off-road vehicles rather than modified on-road vehicles. Most of the competitive special sections are off-road, crossing dunes, camel grass and erg among others; the distances of each stage covered vary from short distances up to 800–900 kilometres per day. The race originated in December 1977, a year after Thierry Sabine got lost in the Ténéré desert whilst competing in the Abidjan-Nice rally and decided that the desert would be a good location for a regular rally.
182 vehicles took the start of the inaugural rally in Paris, with 74 surviving the 10,000-kilometre trip to the Senegalese capital of Dakar. Cyril Neveu holds the distinction of being the event's first winner, riding a Yamaha motorcycle; the event grew in popularity, with 216 vehicles taking the start in 1980 and 291 in 1981. Neveu won the event for a second time in 1980, Hubert Auriol taking honours in 1981 for BMW. By this stage, the rally had begun to attract the participation of famous names from elsewhere in motorsport, such as Henri Pescarolo and Jacky Ickx. Now boasting 382 competitors, more than double the amount that took the start in 1979, Neveu won the event for a third time in 1982, this time riding a Honda motorcycle, while victory in the car class went to the Marreau brothers, driving a entered Renault 20, whose buccaneering exploits seemed to capture the spirit of the early years of the rally. Auriol captured his second bikes class victory in 1983, the first year that Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi competed in the rally, beginning an association that would last all the way until 2009.
At the behest of 1983 car class winner Jacky Ickx, Porsche entered the Dakar in 1984, with the total number of entries now at 427. The German marque won the event at their first attempt courtesy of René Metge, who had won in the car category in 1981, whilst Ickx finished sixth. Gaston Rahier meanwhile continued BMW's success in the motorcycle category with back-to-back wins in 1984 and 1985, the year of Mitsubishi's first victory of 12 in the car category, Patrick Zaniroli taking the spoils; the 1986 event, won by Metge and Neveu, was marred by the death of event founder Sabine in a helicopter crash, his father Gilbert taking over organisation of the rally. The 1987 rally marked the start of an era of increased official factory participation in the car category, as French manufacturer Peugeot arrived and won the event with former World Rally champion Ari Vatanen; the 1987 event was notable for a ferocious head-to-head duel between Neveu and Auriol in the motorcycle category, the former taking his fifth victory after Auriol was forced to drop out of the rally after breaking both ankles in a fall.
The 1988 event reached its zenith with 603 starters. Vatanen's title defence was derailed. Though it was found, Vatanen was subsequently disqualified from the event, victory instead going to compatriot and teammate Juha Kankkunen. Peugeot and Vatanen returned to winning ways in 1989 and 1990, the latter marking Peugeot's final year of rally competition before switching to the World Sportscar Championship. Sister brand Citroën took Peugeot's place, Vatanen taking a third consecutive victory in 1991; the 1991 event saw Stéphane Peterhansel take his first title in the motorcycle category with Yamaha, marking the beginning of an era of domination by the Frenchman. For the 1992 event, the finish line moved to Cape Town, South Africa in a bid to combat a declining number of competitors, where GPS technology was used for the first time. Auriol became the first person to win in multiple classes after taking Mitsubishi's second victory in the car class, while Peterhansel defended his motorcycle category title.
The 1993 rally entry list slumped to 153 competitors, around half of the preceding year's figure and around a quarter of that of 1988. The event was the last to be organised by Gilbert Sabine and the Amaury Sport Organisation took over the following year. With the finish line now back in its traditional location of Dakar, Bruno Saby won a third title for Mitsubishi and Peterhansel took a third straight success in the motorcycle category; the 1994 event returned to Paris after reaching Dakar, resulting in a grueling event. Pierre Lartigue took Citroën's second win in acrimonious circumstances, as Mitsubishi's leading drivers were forced to withdraw from exhaustion after traversing some demanding sand dunes in the Mauritanian desert that the Citroen crews had opted to skip. Peterhansel's did not compete due to a disagreement between Yamaha and the race organizers over the regulations. Edi Orioli claimed a third title in the bikes category; the 1995 and 1996 events begin in the Spanish city of Granada, with Lartigue racking up wins for Citroen in both years.
Peterhansel returned to take a fourth bikes category win in 1995, but lost to Orioli in 1996 because of refuelling problems. The 1997 rally ran in Africa for the first time, with the route running from Dakar to Agadez and back to Dakar. Citroen's withdrawal due to a rule change paved the wa
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series
The 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series was an FIA sanctioned international motor racing series for V8 Supercars. It was the twelfth V8 Supercar Championship Series and the fourteenth series in which V8 Supercars have contested the premier Australian touring car title; the championship began on 19 February in the Middle East at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit and finished on 5 December at the Homebush Street Circuit after 26 races at 15 events. These events were held in all states of Australia and in the Northern Territory as well as in the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand; the 51st Australian Touring Car Championship title was awarded to the winner of the Drivers Championship by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. James Courtney won the Drivers Championship for Dick Johnson Racing by 65 points from Triple Eight Race Engineering's Jamie Whincup in the final race of the season at the 2010 Sydney Telstra 500. Championship Team of the Year was awarded to TeamVodafone and Champion Manufacturer of the Year to Holden.
The following teams and drivers have been confirmed for the 2010 series. Italics indicate. On 29 July 2009, it was announced that Triple Eight Race Engineering would switch from Ford to Holden following Ford's withdrawal of funding from all of their teams except for Ford Performance Racing and Stone Brothers Racing. Rod Nash Racing, owners of the #55 Racing Entitlement Contract, operated by Tony D'Alberto Racing in 2008 and 2009, became a customer of Ford Performance Racing and as such moved from Holden to Ford. Paul Dumbrell has been confirmed as driver. James Rosenberg Racing was revived using the Racing Entitlement Contract of Paul Cruickshank Racing; the team used a customer Stone Brothers Racing Ford. Tasman Motorsport was disbanded on 20 November 2009, with the team selling its Racing Entitlement Contracts to Tony D'Alberto Racing and the newly formed Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport. Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport was formed by Lucas Dumbrell; the team employed Daniel Gaunt as their driver. Fabian Coulthard was released from his Paul Cruickshank Racing contract to join Walkinshaw Racing.
Andrew Thompson joined Walkinshaw Racing with expanded sponsorship from Bundaberg Rum. Tim Slade moved from Paul Morris Motorsport to James Rosenberg Racing. Jason Bargwanna was announced as a new signing for Kelly joining Rick and Todd Kelly. Multiple Sports Sedan Champion, Tony Ricciardello was confirmed to drive the fourth Kelly Racing car with the support of Super Max and Stratco. Greg Murphy joined Paul Morris Motorsport to drive the team's second car alongside Russell Ingall; the car carried Castrol sponsorship. Murphy missed the opening round of the series at Yas Marina Circuit due to a date clash with his hosting duties for Top Gear Live in New Zealand. Team principal Paul Morris replaced him for the event. Jason Bright moved from Britek Motorsport to Brad Jones Racing. Part of the deal saw the Britek Motorsport licence operated as a third Brad Jones Racing Commodore with Karl Reindler driving the additional car. Prior to the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge, Jason Richards withdrew from the rest of the 2010 championship to have surgery to remove a tumor.
Andrew Jones took over the seat. After the Hidden Valley round Gaunt was replaced by Cameron McConville, with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport citing the need for an experienced driver to progress further. On 28 October 2010, it was announced that Warren Luff would drive the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore for the rest of 2010 and 2011. Three Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series teams were granted wildcard entries to the two co-driver endurance events, the Phillip Island 500 and the Bathurst 1000; the three teams, Greg Murphy Racing, MW Motorsport and Sieders Racing Team, were the three teams who were granted wildcard entries in 2009. A fourth team, Adrenaline Motor Racing, withdrew their application. MW Motorsport subsequently confirmed; the Sieders Racing Team withdrew their wildcard entry after a budget shortfall. Full-time drivers will no longer be allowed to partner one another for the endurance races at the L&H 500 at Phillip Island and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama in an effort to make both the championship and the endurance races more competitive.
For the Armor All Gold Coast 600, each team had to include a driver. The majority of nominated drivers were sourced from the IndyCar Series. Following a failed attempt to get former champion Marcos Ambrose to make a one-off guest appearance at the 2009 Sydney Telstra 500, the V8 Supercars Executive Board approved plans to allow for one-off guest drives; the system would work in a similar fashion to the "Wildcard" entries that the series allows to drivers and teams from the Fujitsu Development Series to step up to the V8 Supercars during the endurance races. Ambrose has been earmarked as a target for such an appearance, with the series looking to allow international drivers to take part in the offshore races in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi at the start of the season; the following events made up the 2010 series. The proposed event for Queensland Raceway in early May was cancelled in January after V8 Supercar and circuit operators were unable to agree to terms; the Ipswich venue was restored to the calendar.
Barbagallo Raceway was removed with V8 Supercar citing workplace health and safety regulations. Calendar is as follows: Immediately prior to the season start, V8 Supercar launched a new publicity campaign, centred around American singer Pink and her 2001 recording Get the Party Started; the advertising campaign is called "The Greatest Show on Wheels" and is the first
M-Sport is an auto racing team based at Dovenby Hall near Cockermouth, England, United Kingdom. They are the current World Rally Champions 2017. Formed in 1979 by the former WRC driver Malcolm Wilson, known as Malcolm Wilson Motorsport, the team has had varying success running cars in several rally championships. Since 1996, M-Sport has prepared and run the official Ford World Rally Team cars in the World Rally Championship and since 2014 the company is the official Bentley Motorsport outfit, competing in the Blancpain Endurance Series. Formed in 1979 under the name Malcolm Wilson Motorsport, the company was next door to Wilsons' house near Cockermouth. Following the career of Malcolm Wilson as a driver, the company grew through the 1980s, with rapid expansion in the early 1990s reflecting the success that the company was having throughout the world with the Ford Escort RS Cosworth. In 1994, the team won national titles in Italy, the Middle East, indeed the British Rally Championship with Malcolm Wilson himself behind the wheel of the Escort.
At the end of 1996, Ford Motorsport selected the company to spearhead the Ford team's entry for the 1997 World Rally Championship season with the new derivative of the Ford Escort WRC. The start of the 1997 WRC season saw the name change to M-Sport. Victories in Greece and Indonesia saw faith in the small team rewarded, they went on to finish runner-up in the manufacturers' championship. By the middle of 1998, Ford chose M-Sport to design and build the new Ford Focus WRC; the new car appeared in 1999 with a new driver — Colin McRae — and sprang to the attention of the world press by recording fastest stage times on its first event, the Monte Carlo Rally. However, the two cars entered were excluded from the event due to the use of an illegal modified water pump. By the third event — the Safari Rally in Kenya — the team had scored its first WRC victory. A month an on-form Colin McRae made it two in a row at the Rally of Portugal. With a move to new premises at Dovenby Hall, M-Sport expanded employing over 170 people.
In 2006, the Wilson-led Ford team took the manufacturers' World Rally championship title. For the 2008 season, the company employed the driving talents of Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala in their challenge for the World Rally Championship; the 2009 season saw Mikko Hirvonen and Citroën's Sébastien Loeb fight a fought battle throughout the year which ended with Loeb the victor by just one point. Beside the official Ford cars, the team ran two cars on behalf of the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team. Matthew Wilson and Henning Solberg were the two drivers competing in 2010. On occasions, a third car was run with a "guest" driver. Argentinian team Munchi's Ford World Rally Team entrusts the preparation and running of its car to M-Sport; the driver running for the team in the 2010 WRC season was Federico Villagra. For the 2010 season, M-Sport ran a Ford Focus RS WRC 08 for Ken Block on behalf of the Monster World Rally Team. At the beginning of 2009 Ford with M-Sport started work on a S2000 rally version of the new Ford Fiesta.
The new car, designed by Christian Loriaux, was launched on 18 November 2009 at M-Sport's headquarters. The car will made its public debut as a course car at the IRC Rally Scotland driven by Matthew Wilson. Ford did not run a works entry in the 2010 IRC but M-Sport did its own programme of events with Ford's support both on the technical and financial side. M-Sport announced on 8 January 2010 that it was entering the IRC which means that Ford will be a registered manufacturer in the series. Works Ford WRC driver Mikko Hirvonen gave the car its first competitive outing on the Monte Carlo Rally leading the event from start to finish. A number of private entry were made in the 2010 Super 2000 World Rally Championship; the company runs the one-make Fiesta Sporting Trophy rally series, which it launched in 2006, the Fiesta Sporting Trophy International series. M-Sport started preparing Bentley Continental GT3 for Blancpain Endurance Series and British GT Championship in 2014. M-Sport supplies Ford Fiesta Rallycross Supercars to Global Rallycross Championship teams Hoonigan Racing Division since 2013, Chip Ganassi Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport since 2015.
M-Sport, alongside Ford Performance and Hoonigan Racing Division has developed Ford Focus RS RX, scheduled to competing in 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship. Ford Racing Ford TeamRS Ford Focus RS WRC Ford Fiesta RS WRC Ford Fiesta RRC Ford Fiesta S2000 Ford Fiesta R5 Ford World Rally Team Official M-Sport website Official Ford Fiesta R2 website Ford Motorsport website Stobart Motorsport WRC team website
Charles Wakefield, 1st Viscount Wakefield
Charles Cheers Wakefield, 1st Viscount Wakefield, GCVO, CBE, was an English businessman who founded the Castrol lubricants company, was lord mayor of London and was a significant philanthropist. Wakefield was born in Cheshire, the son of John Wakefield, his wife Margaret, née Cheers, was educated at the Liverpool Institute. Wakefield patented the Wakefield lubricator for steam engines in the 1890s. In 1899 he subsequently changed its name to Castrol; the name Castrol was chosen because of the castor oil, added to the company's lubricating oils. This title has since become a household name in the United Kingdom; the Castrol brand lubricants produced by Wakefield's company were used in the engines of motor cars and motorcycles. A Castrol endorsement contract and the generous patronage of Wakefield provided the funds for Jean Batten to purchase the Percival Gull Six G-ADPR monoplane in which she set two world records for solo flight. Wakefield was an Alderman, a member of the Court of Common Council and for 1915–1916 Lord Mayor.
He received a Knighthood for services to the City of London. He was involved with a huge number of City institutions and charities, was a co-founder of the Wakefield Trust, along with his friend the Rev'd "Tubby" Clayton, better known as the founder of the Toc H charity, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Wakefield, of Hythe in the County of Kent, in 1930, in 1934 he was further honoured when he was made Viscount Wakefield, of Hythe in the County of Kent. In his day, Wakefield was one of the most prominent and well-known characters in the town of Hythe and the official Year Book of Hythe Town Council, in its list of Freemen of the Borough describes him as "Hythe's greatest benefactor", he was created a Freeman of the Borough on 30 May 1930, under the provisions of the 1885 Honorary Freedom of the Boroughs Act. His name appears on many memorial inscriptions in Hythe today, lives on as the name of one of the town's masonic lodges. Viscount Wakefield is buried at Spring Lane Cemetery, Seabrook within the Borough of Hythe from which he took his Title.
It is erroneously reported that Wakefield was known by the nickname, or colloquial name, of "Cheers". Although he did prefer this name, it was in fact a given name, his middle name, having been the maiden name of his mother. Wakefield and his wife had a daughter Freda Wakefield. Freda accompanied her parents on many of their public engagements including Wakefield's business trip to America as part of the Sulgrave Institution. Wakefield left her four children a living each for their futures. Wakefield was a member of Sussex Motor Yacht Club and in 1931 donated The Warwick Vase, “The International Championship of London, Challenge Trophy” to the club. Nytimes.com
Walter Wolf Racing
Walter Wolf Racing was a Formula One constructor active from 1977 to 1979, which won the first race the team entered. It was run by Canadian Walter Wolf; the team was based in UK but raced with the Canadian licence. In 1975, the Austrian naturalized Canadian businessman Walter Wolf had started to appear at many of the F1 races during the season. A year he bought 60% of Frank Williams Racing Cars while agreeing to keep Frank Williams as manager of the team. Wolf bought the assets of Hesketh Racing and bought some equipment from Embassy Hill, both teams having withdrawn from F1; the team was based in the Williams facility at Reading but used most of the cars and equipment once owned by Hesketh Racing. The Hesketh 308C became known as the Wolf–Williams FW05 and soon afterwards Harvey Postlethwaite arrived as chief engineer. Jacky Ickx and Frenchman Michel Leclère were hired to drive; the team, was not competitive and failed to qualify at a number of races during the year. Leclère left after the French Grand Prix and was replaced by Arturo Merzario while Ickx failed to perform and was dropped after the British Grand Prix, to be followed by a string of pay-drivers.
At the end of 1976, Wolf decided. He replaced him with Peter Warr from Team Lotus. Disillusioned, Williams soon left the team, taking Patrick Head and several others to set up Williams Grand Prix Engineering. Postlethwaite's WR1 was a conventional Cosworth package but with Jody Scheckter hired from Tyrrell, the team won its first race in Argentina. Scheckter started tenth, took advantage of six of the cars ahead of him retiring. During the 1977 season, Scheckter went on to win the Monaco Grand Prix and the Canadian Grand Prix and six other podium finishes, which enabled him to finish second to Niki Lauda in the World Championship and gave Wolf fourth place in the Constructors' Championship. Around this time the team developed the WD1 sports car for Can-Am racing; the car was developed with Italian firm Dallara. The team remained the same for the 1978 season. Postlethwaite produced the WR5, a new car for the ground-effects era; this did not appear until the Belgian GP. Scheckter finished fourth in Spain and second in Germany but the WR5 soon made way for the WR6 with which he ended the year with a third in the US Grand Prix and second in Canada.
He finished seventh in the World Championship. In 1979, Scheckter was signed up by Wolf signed James Hunt to replace him. Postlethwaite designed the WR7; the car was not successful and retired more than 7 times during the first half of the season. The WR8 soon followed. In mid-season Hunt decided to retire and Wolf hired Keke Rosberg to replace him; the appearance of the WR9 did little to change the team's fortunes and at the end of the year Wolf grew tired of his F1 adventure and sold the team to Emerson Fittipaldi, who merged its assets into Fittipaldi Automotive. A Wolf Racing WR1 is on display at the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame; as of 2015, a Wolf Racing WR4 is being shown and raced at vintage F1 car events in the United States, campaigned by MotoGP world champion Eddie Lawson. James Hunt's WR7 is on display at Brooklands Museum, Surrey, UK. Walter Wolf was involved in production cars, providing assistance to Lamborghini to develop the Countach as the Italian constructor teetered on the brink of bankruptcy.
"Wolf WR/1-4 1977–1978". Automobile Historique. May 2005. Llorens, Frederick. Wolf Racing, un loup en Formule 1. TheBookEdition. ISBN 978-2-9519955-3-6