John Wyer (b. 11 December 1909, Kidderminster, England - d. Events 359 - Honoratus, the first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office Year 1909 ( MCMIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Kidderminster is a town in the Wyre Forest district of Worcestershire, England. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland 1989, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.) was an automobile racing engineer and team manager. Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) Scottsdale ( O'odham Vaṣai S-vaṣonĭ; Yaqui Eskatel) is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, The United States of America —commonly referred to as the He is mainly associated with cars running in the lightblue and orange livery of his longtime sponsorship partner Gulf Oil. Gulf Oil was a major global oil company from the 1900s to the 1980s
As team manager and team owner, Wyer won the 24 Hours of Le Mans several times. The 24 Hours of Le Mans ( 24 Heures du Mans) is a sports car endurance race held annually since near the town of Le Mans, Sarthe, His first victory came in the 1959 edition, in his tenth anniversary as Aston Martin team manager, helping Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori win with the DBR1. Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury performance cars, whose headquarters are at Gaydon, England. Carroll Hall Shelby, (born January 11, 1923 in Leesburg Texas) is an American racing and automotive designer and former racing driver Roy Francesco Salvadori (b 12 May 1922, Dovercourt, Essex) is a former Motor racing driver and manager from England. The team also won the 1000km Nürburgring in three consecutive years.
In 1963 he left Aston Martin for Ford Advanced Vehicles (FAV), to lead the Ford GT40 to victories against Ferrari, with the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans being the most famous. The Ford GT40 was a high performance Sports car and winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans four times in a row from 1966 to 1969 (in 1967 with a different body though The 24 Hours of Le Mans ( 24 Heures du Mans) is a sports car endurance race held annually since near the town of Le Mans, Sarthe,
When Ford closed the project, John Wyer and John Willment formed J.W. Automotive (JWA). John Wyer (b 11 December 1909, Kidderminster, England - d 1989 Scottsdale Arizona, U John Wayne Airport is an Airport in an unincorporated area in Orange County California, with its mailing address in Santa Ana, hence the IATA code As Wyer was the well known team manager and present at race tracks, it was widely assumed that JW stands for John Wyer even though it means John Willment, as stated by Willment's brother-in-law Hans Herrmann. Hans Herrmann (born February 23, 1928) is a former Formula One and Sports car racing driver from Stuttgart, Germany.
With backing from Gulf Oil, Wyer created the Ford-powered Mirage M-1, a prototype that won the 1967 1000km Spa. Gulf Oil was a major global oil company from the 1900s to the 1980s The Mirage race cars were built by JW Automotive at Slough in England to compete in international sports car races in the colours of the Gulf Oil Corporation Due to a rule change that came in effect for 1968, prototypes were limited to 3000cc, while sportscars could have 5000cc if at least 50 were built. This applied to the two-year-old Ford GT40s, which were modified by Wyer. The Ford GT40 was a high performance Sports car and winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans four times in a row from 1966 to 1969 (in 1967 with a different body though As a surprise, Wyer won the World Sportscar Championship for Ford in 1968 even though the 2200cc Porsche 907 were considered favorites at the beginning of the season. World Endurance Championship redirects here For the motorcycle endurance The Porsche 907 was a Sportscar racing prototype built by Porsche in 1967 and 1968 The superior power of the 5000cc V8 allowed them to win on fast tracks, and especially at Le Mans two years in a row in 1968 and 1969, even though they were outclassed at twistier tracks.
As it was obvious that the GT40 would finally become obsolete after 1969, Wyer switched to the new Porsche 917. The Porsche 917 is a racecar that gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. Wyer's team even became the factory's main partner and was a major factor in developing the wedge-shaped Kurzheck tail of the 1970 917K which made the car much more stable than the original 1969 version.
Battling with Ferrari 512, the other Porsche team that was backed by Martini Racing and led by Vic Elford, and even Gulf-Porsche-Stars Jo Siffert and Pedro Rodríguez competing against each other, JWA earned many victories in 1970 and 1971, but not at Le Mans. This article is about the 1969-1971 race car For road cars designated 512 BB / 512 BBi and 512 TR / F512M see Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer and For the constructor of lower formulae single-seaters see Martini (cars Martini Racing is the name under which various Motor racing Victor Henry Elford (born in London, June 10, 1935) is a former Sportscar racing, Rallying and Formula One driver from Joseph Siffert ( July 7, 1936 – October 24, 1971) was a Swiss Racing driver. Pedro Rodríguez ( 18 January 1940 &ndash 11 July 1971) was a Mexican Grand Prix motor racing driver In fiction, a Gulf-Porsche 917K won in Le Mans (film), though, making the Gulf colors even more famous. Le Mans is a 1971 action film directed by Lee H Katzin. Starring Steve McQueen, it features footage from the actual 1970 24 Hours of Le
In 1972, 5 litre sportscars like the 917s were banned, and the 3000cc Porsche 908 prototypes were also dropped by the factory as the new weight limit was too high, removing the 908's advantage that balanced their lack of power. The Porsche 908 was a Racing car from Porsche, introduced from 1967 in the Porsche 906 / Porsche 907 / Porsche 910 series of models
Wyer adopted the new 3. 0 L regulations and started building Gulf-Mirage prototypes once more, using a Formula 1 Cosworth DFV engine. Cosworth is an Automotive engineering company founded in London in 1958 specialising in engines for automobile racing (motorsport The successful F1-engine was considered unsuited for endurance racing as vibrations took their toll after several hours, so modifications had to be made. After three years of trying, Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell finally achieved Wyer's last win at Le Mans, in 1975. Racing career Jacky Ickx was introduced to the sport when he was taken by his father motoring journalist Jacques Ickx, to races which he covered Derek Reginald Bell MBE (born October 31 1941 in Pinner, Middlesex) is a former Racing driver from England who was extremely
The following year, John Wyer retired from automotive competition and sold his team to Harley Cluxton's Grand Touring Cars operation. Harley Cluxton III, motorcycle and automobile race car driver turned Ferrari dealer and race team owner