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Williams F1 team appoints Dickie Stanford to new historic division

Williams F1 car collectionWilliams stalwart Dickie Stanford, who left his role as its Formula 1 team manager earlier this year, is to head up a new historic division at the Grove-based outfit.

Stanford has been appointed as general manager for Williams Heritage, which will oversee the maintenance and public demonstration of the team's old cars.

Williams boasts the largest private collection of F1 cars and its machines regularly take part in demonstrations around the world.

Speaking about his new position, Stanford said: "I have a lot of passion for the company and its heritage and the opportunity to take charge of our historic car programme is too good to turn down.

"With the formation of Williams Heritage as a distinct division within Williams, we will be well-placed to ensure that our legendary cars continue to be well looked after and can be showcased to Formula 1 fans for many years to come."

Stanford originally joined Williams in 1985 as mechanic to Nigel Mansell, before moving up the ranks to become team manager in 1995.

He stayed in that position for ten years before returning to a factory role. However, in 2010 he rejoined the team at grands prix as he took on the role of race and test team manager.

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