Aviation & Auto Racing Writing
Williams is a private pilot with an instrument rating and also holds an FAA certificate as an advanced ground school instructor. He is no longer active as a pilot or ground school instructor, but has been writing “The Weather Never Sleeps” column on weather for pilots for Flight Training Magazine since 1993.
Flight Training columns published on this site
Some aviation-related USA Today stories:
- Even on a Good Day, Polar Flying Is Never Simple
- Answers to Aviation Weather Questions
- Pilot says pole flight wasn’t his most challenging
- High winds stop South Pole rescue flight
In the late 1960s and the 1970s Williams covered major races, such as the U.S. Grand Prix, at Watkins Glen, N.Y., for the Rochester Times-Union, and freelanced for Autoweek, a national auto racing weekly paper, covering races around the Northeast and in Eastern Canada.
During this time he was also racing an Austin-Healey “Bug Eye” Sprite and then an MG Midget in Sports Car Club of America amateur races at Watkins Glen and other road-racing circuits in the Northeast. He and some highly skilled friends maintained these cars.
In 2003 and 2004 he arranged to cover the 24-hour race at Le Mans, France, for USA Today and USATODAY.com. The links below are to some of these stories.
The stories immediately below illustrate Williams’ ability to describe accurately the technical aspects of racing in ways that are understandable to readers who are not really sure about what happens under the hoods of their cars.
- Auto Racers’ Winning Equations Include Weather
- Corvette hopes it’s found winning speed for Le Mans
- Corvette Quite a Ride Compared to Nextel Cup Monte Carlo
Williams has also written stories that tie the sport of auto racing to environmental concerns.
The stories below illustrate Williams’ ability to accurately describe what happens on the race track for readers who are not familiar with the sport.
- Kristensen Four-Peat Helps Bentley End 73-Year Drought
- Four Audis set records in 1st day of Le Mans qualifying
- Audi, Corvette Steal the Show at Le Mans
- Audi Teams Struggle Mightly in Early Stages of Race (This story was written and
published when a little more than one-quarter of the race had been run.)