Dr Iestyn Williams will be a name familiar to many people in Darlington. He worked as a GP in the town for decades and was very highly regarded by generations of his patients.
Doc Williams – the racing and flying doctor
Doc Williams, as he was known, had a passion for flying. He held a pilot’s licence himself and many pilots in the area will have visited him for their medical checks. He was also a very active and senior member of the St Johns Ambulance Brigade.
Others will have known him through his lifelong involvement in motorsport. He was President of Darlington & District Motor Club and was involved in the founding of Croft Circuit as the successful North East racing venue that it is today. In the 1980s many will remember his bronze coloured Porsche 944 attending rally cross incidents at the circuit as he performed his duties as the course doctor.
In his younger days Doc raced both Jaguars and an Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite Mk 1.
Those who knew his Sprite will be pleased to hear that it is still alive and well, now competing in Classic Rallies. Show here, still sporting its Darlington registered number plate ‘393 KHN’, it regularly competes in rallies throughout the North of England and into the Scottish Borders.
With Doc Williams at the wheel the car was highly competitive in circuit racing. It continues this tradition today in the world of classic rallying and came first in class on the 2015 Lake District Classic & Targa Rally, run by the Wigton Motor Club.
Do you have any memories of Doc Williams or information to add about the racing history of the car? The current owner would be very interested to find out more. Please leave a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org