I just got word that my dear friend John Williamson passed away at his home in Los Angeles , CA on Thursday, February 7, 2013. He was a Great Driver, GT-2 Competitor, and a Porsche 914 Enthusiast who truly lived and breathed 914s, 911s and the Porsche dream.
John, "JW", "Otto", "Spanky", "Dude" or whatever name you liked to call him was a true Porsche and SCCA gentleman and will be missed by many from all over the world. Here some of my OTTO stories:
1.) I met John at a PCA time trial at Riverside in '77. New to Riverside, I asked for an Instructor, and got this guy named John Williamson. They said that he was the best. So on second day, John jumped into my bone stock Sepia brown 1971 911and on the FIRST hot lap went faster than my best time on Saturday, all with his cigar still in his mouth. We became friends that day. I will never forget going to the social after the event and drinking beer from John's 914 ice chest. Those who remember those days will know what I mean.
2.) Fast forward to 1990 when I show up at Willow Springs with a "Real" racecar, (an SCCA GT-3 914-4) that I had built from scratch. I pitted with my ol' buddy John off at one end of the paddock like he liked to do. The little 4-cylinder was not up to the pace and John said something like.."Porsche never raced the 914-4 for a reason so let's put a six in it!" I told him that I could not afford a six right now, but he insisted that we could do it "on the cheap" and we took the car directly from the track to his shop in Venice for the conversion. Needless to say we made it to the very next Willow event with a six in my car and GT-2 on the side, racing against John. We became teammates, and this is how the "Otto Mad Dicks Motorsports" team began. If you look in the old pictures of “Rudy” you will notice that there is a space between the two "D's in Maddicks, which was a pun and started the team name "Mad Dicks". John loved puns.
3.) This brings us to the "RNFH" on the back bumpers of our GT-2 cars. This was John's way of letting everyone know that we were "Race Nazi's From Hell".
I could go on, and maybe I will later, but the point is I MISS BY BUDDY JOHN.
Enjoyable read on John.
http://www.yovenice.com/2013/02/10/rip- ... illiamson/
AKA "Check Book Chuck" - a nickname that John gave me. (whole nother story)
White GT-2 914-6 #28 (Sold in 1995)
Sepia Brown 1971 911T
SCCA GT-3 Nissan 240sx #28