Alan Jones

In the long history of Formula 1, only four Australians have won a grand prix and only two have built on that to become world champion.

Alan Stanley Jones was the second of those.

Over three periods in F1 spanning 12 years, Jones drove for eight different teams and won 12 grands prix.

But it was at Williams where he shone.

They loved him!

In those days grand prix racing was not about strategy; just sheer blistering speed and car control.

And Jones was good at that.

Patrick Head had built Williams a good car for 1979 and Jones was sharp from running two series in 1978; Formula 1 with Williams and the Can-Am series in the US.

The 1979 and 1980 seasons were growing years for Williams and Jones – third in the championship in ’79 then champion in 1980.

He did five more F1 seasons, raced Porsche 935s in Australia for Alan Hamilton, Falcons and Mazdas in various touring car and endurance races.

Alan Jones always drove as hard and fast as the car allowed.

Please welcome him to the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame.