Legendary motorsports mechanic Dickie Stanford has joined United Autosports as its new Historic Motorsport Project Manager from Williams.

United Autosports is a joint ownership between Mclaren CEO Zak Brown and former Le Mans winner Richard Dean and competes in the World Endurance Championship and also the European Le Mans Series. The team has a vast range of classic cars such as the 1970 Can-Am Mclaren M8D, 1986 Williams FW11, 1991 Penske PC20 and 2001 McLaren MP4-16A.

Dickie Stanford joined the Williams Formula 1 team back in 1985 as a race mechanic first working on Niger Mansell’s Williams FW10, and through the years he was finally promoted to team manager in 1995. He later reduced his workload in 2005 but after 5 years he returned to Williams in 2010 to run and manage its test team before moving across into the heritage department.

His first trip will be to Portugal this weekend for the Peter Auto Estoril Classic, where the team will run the 1989 Jaguar XJR10 and the 1974 Ford Cologne Capri RS3100 for Brown and IndyCar legend Dario Franchitti.

“I am delighted to be joining United Autosports as Historic Motorsport Project Manager,” said Stanford. “I am looking forward to working on new and very exciting ongoing historic projects with the team. United Autosports have some of the best examples of F1, IndyCars and sports cars in the world.

“I would like to say thank you to Zak and Richard and the rest of the team at United Autosports for my very warm welcome.”

Zak Brown added: “I’m delighted Dickie has joined the team in our growing historic motorsport department and I’m looking forward to working with him as he brings his experience to the team.”

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