Jim Reynolds talks to Peter Williams

Saturday 17 November 2018

Peter Williams’ eleven years of motorcycle road racing was, in his own words, “the time of my life”. He read recently that sons subconsciously try to do better than their fathers. Unconsciously he certainly followed in his father’s footsteps. Jack Williams was a very good road racer and an inventive and meticulous engineer and by Peter’s own admission, was much better than him in the latter respect.  Peter was lucky that, in a way, he had two fathers, the second one being Tom Arter. As his sponsor for almost all of the eleven years, Arter said “No” only once.  He financed Peter’s engineering ideas on the Arter Matchless, which all came together on the 1973 John Player Norton ‘Monocoque’.

Motorcycle writer and commentator Jim Reynolds will be in the Chair.  For more than 40 years Jim has worked freelance for a wide range of magazines and written two books about Norton. He owns a 600cc Dominator and currently rides a 750cc Honda as his modern bike.  He is a consultant for Bonhams Auctions and will be taking a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents ‘Experienced Rider Assessment’ course this summer.


The evening will begin at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.  A bar will be available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. The evenings will conclude at around 10.00 pm.  Tickets are £10.00 each for non-members; £7.50 for members.  For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning on 01590 614792 or email theresa.browning@beaulieu.co.uk.

Please note:  The National Motor Museum will not be open at this event.

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