John Clarke

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07 Apr 1944
Lambeth, London


Great Britain


Williams (1973-1974)

A quiet, reserved man, who was formerly at March, he worked on the Iso-Williams project and in Formula 1 until the late 1970's, as well as designing the Boxer Formula 2 car, but has been little heard of lately. His spell with Williams came to an unhappy end due to a disagreement with Frank Williams as, in John's own words - there had never been any money for development (nor quite often for wages) and I therefore felt a bit of a spare part and was keen to return to designing things which would actually get made - not, as is sometimes reported, due to the involvement of Dallara in the car's development. Clarke, away from racing, ran his own firm, JCM Engineering initially in Surrey and now in Hampshire. John remains involved, even in his seventies. He also ran an engineering support company in Alton, Hampshire.

Biography last updated 16 Jan 2020