Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited racing in Formula One as ROKiT Williams Racing, is a British Formula One motor racing team and constructor. It was founded by team owner Sir Frank Williams and automotive engineer Sir Patrick Head, it is still run by Williams. The team was formed in 1977 after Frank Williams's two earlier unsuccessful F1 operations: Frank Williams Racing Cars and Wolf–Williams Racing. All of Williams F1 chassis are called "FW" a number, the FW being the initials of team owner, Frank Williams; the team's first race was the 1977 Spanish Grand Prix, where the new team ran a March chassis for Patrick Nève. Williams started manufacturing its own cars the following year, Switzerland's Clay Regazzoni won Williams's first race at the 1979 British Grand Prix. At the 1997 British Grand Prix, Canadian Jacques Villeneuve scored the team's 100th race victory, making Williams one of only four teams in Formula One, alongside Ferrari, fellow British team McLaren, Mercedes to win 100 races.
Williams won nine Constructors' Championships between 1980 and 1997. This stood as a record until Ferrari surpassed it in 2000. Drivers for Williams have included Australia's Alan Jones; each of these drivers, with the exception of Senna and Button, have captured one Drivers' title with the team. Of those who have won the championship with Williams, only Jones and Villeneuve defended their title while still with the team. Piquet moved to Lotus after winning the 1987 championship, Mansell moved to the American-based Indy Cars after winning the 1992 championship, Prost retired from racing after his 4th World Championship in 1993, while Hill moved to Arrows after winning in 1996. No driver who has won a drivers' title with Williams has managed to win a title again. Williams have worked with many engine manufacturers, most with Renault, winning five of their nine Constructors' titles with the French company. Along with Ferrari, McLaren and Renault and working with Mercedes, Williams is one of a group of five teams that won every Constructors' Championship between 1979 and 2008 and every Drivers' Championship from 1984 to 2008.
Williams F1 has business interests beyond Formula One racing. Based in Grove, Oxfordshire, UK, Williams has established Williams Advanced Engineering and Williams Hybrid Power which take technology developed for Formula One and adapt it for commercial applications. In April 2014, Williams Hybrid Power were sold to GKN. Williams Advanced Engineering had a technology centre in Qatar until it was closed in 2014. Frank Williams started the current Williams team in 1977 after his previous outfit, Frank Williams Racing Cars, failed to achieve the success he desired. Despite the promise of a new owner, Canadian millionaire Walter Wolf, the team's rebranding as Wolf–Williams Racing in 1976, the cars were not competitive. Williams left the rechristened Walter Wolf Racing and moved to Didcot to rebuild his team as "Williams Grand Prix Engineering". Frank recruited young engineer Patrick Head to work for the team, creating the "Williams–Head" partnership. Reuters reported on 20 November 2009 that Williams and Patrick Head had sold a minority stake in the team to an investment company led by Austrian Toto Wolff who said that it was purely a commercial decision.
In February 2011, Williams F1 announced plans to raise capital through an initial public offering on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in March 2011, with Sir Frank Williams remaining the majority shareholder and team principal after the IPO. As of December 2017, ownership is as follows: Frank Williams. Williams entered a custom March 761 for the 1977 season. Lone driver Patrick Nève appeared at 11 races that year, starting with the Spanish Grand Prix; the new team failed to score a point. For the 1978 season, Patrick Head designed his first Williams car: the FW06. Williams signed Australian Alan Jones, who had won the Austrian Grand Prix the previous season for a devastated Shadow team following the death of their lead driver, Tom Pryce. Jones's first race for the team was the Argentine Grand Prix where he qualified the lone Williams car in 14th position, but retired after 36 laps with a fuel system failure; the team scored its first championship points two rounds at the South African Grand Prix when Jones finished fourth.
Williams managed their first podium position at the United States Grand Prix, where the Australian came second, some 20 seconds behind the Ferrari of future Williams driver Carlos Reutemann. Williams ended the season in ninth place in the Constructors' Championship, with a respectable 11 points, while Alan Jones finished 11th in the Drivers' Championship. Towards the end of 1978 Frank Williams recruited Frank Dernie to join Patrick Head in the design office. Head designed the FW07 for the 1979 season with Frank Dernie picking up the aerodynamic development and skirt design; this was the team's first ground effect car, a technology first introduced by Colin Chapman and Team Lotus. Williams obtained membership of the Formula One Constructors' Association which expressed a preference for teams to run two cars, so Jones was partnered by Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni, it was not until the seventh round of the championship, the Monaco Grand Prix, that they achieved a points-scoring position. Regazzoni came close to taking the team's first win but finished second, less than a second behind race winner Jody Scheckte
Thrasher Shiver was an American country music duo composed of Neil Thrasher and Kelly Shiver, both of whom sang lead vocals and played acoustic guitar. In late 1996, the duo released a self-titled album for Asylum Records, charted two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. After the duo split up in 1997, Thrasher found work as a songwriter, writing for Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, others. Thrasher Shiver was founded in 1995, when singer-songwriters Neil Thrasher and Kelly Shiver were introduced to each other by Bob Doyle, owner of a management company who managed Garth Brooks; when the two began writing and singing songs together, they discovered that their voices blended well, so they decided to form a duo. Both members sang all the lead vocals together, as opposed to one singing lead and the other singing harmony. In 1995, Thrasher Shiver was signed to Asylum Records; the duo's self-titled debut album was released on September 9, 1996. It produced two chart singles in "Goin' Goin' Gone" and "Be Honest", which reached No. 65 and No. 49.
On the country charts. One year after the album's release, Diamond Rio charted with the song "That's What I Get for Lovin' You", which Thrasher co-wrote. Thrasher Shiver was nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards. Although Thrasher Shiver did not record another album, both of its members have continued to write songs for other country music artists, with Thrasher being the more prolific of the two. Thrasher's credits include Number One hits for Rascal Flatts and Kenny Chesney, as well as several cuts by other artists
The Hannibal Courier-Post is a daily newspaper published in Hannibal, United States. It is owned by Quincy Media. In addition to Hannibal, the Courier-Post covers several other communities in Marion and Ralls Counties, including the cities of Bowling Green, Louisiana, Monroe City, New London, Perry and Vandalia; the newspaper claims to be the oldest daily newspaper in Missouri, having printed daily since 1853 and tracing its lineage back to several weekly newspapers in and around Hannibal: the Commercial Advertiser called the Pacific Monitor, Hannibal Journal and Hannibal Journal and Western Union. The Journal converted to a daily March 16, 1853, the Messenger in 1858; the Messenger combined with the Courier in 1863. The daily Courier in 1891 merged with the Daily Post, marking the debut of the name Hannibal Courier-Post; the Morning Journal was acquired in 1918. Individual owners had published the Courier-Post and its predecessors since the 1850s, including Thomas B. Morse, who had founded the Daily Post in 1886 and remained publisher of the merged newspaper until 1907.
Morse sold the paper that year to Lee Enterprises, which invested in its new acquisition, with a new printing press, Associated Press wire, a new building. Lee sold the paper to Stauffer Communications in 1969. Morris Communications acquired Stauffer in 1995. GateHouse Media, purchased the Courier-Post in 2007. Quincy Media, owners of the Quincy Herald-Whig, announced their purchase of the Courier-Post in 2019; as the hometown daily newspapers of Mark Twain, the predecessors of the Hannibal Courier-Post were an important part of the future literary star's youth. It was an advertisement in the Commercial Advertiser weekly, from February 27, 1839, that lured Twain's father John Marshall Clemens to Hannibal. Twain himself worked on the Missouri Courier, as a "printer's devil" in 1849, as he recalled in a 1908 letter to the Courier's editors: Surreptitiously and uninvited I helped to edit the paper when no one was watching. I have never been wholly disconnected from Journalism since. I hope the Courier will long remain always prosperous.
Mark Twain. Twain's older brother, Orion Clemens owned the Hannibal Journal and Western Union, 1850-1853, employing Twain as a typesetter and contributor of articles and humorous sketches. In the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1, entry 29 March 1906, Twain described his life as a printer's apprentice at the office of the "Hannibal Courier" and how a fellow apprentice was rebuked for abbreviating "Jesus Christ" to "J. C." when typesetting a sermon by Reverend Alexander Campbell. "He said,'So long as you live, don’t you diminish the Savior’s name again. Put it all in.' He repeated this admonition a couple of times to emphasize it he went away." As Twain described it: In that day the common swearers of the region had a way of their own of emphasizing the Savior’s name when they were using it profanely, this fact intruded itself into Wales’s incorrigible mind. It offered him an opportunity for a momentary entertainment which seemed to him to be more precious and more valuable than fishing and swimming could afford.
So he imposed upon himself the long and weary and dreary task of overrunning all those three pages in order to improve upon his former work and incidentally and thoughtfully improve upon the great preacher’s admonition. He enlarged the offending J. C. into Jesus H. Christ. Wales knew that that would make prodigious trouble, it did, but it was not in him to resist it. He had to succumb to the law of his make. I don't remember what his punishment was, he had collected his dividend. Since the incident is described as having happened about 1847, it shows just how old some idioms of swearing are. Official website