JEC Oxfordshire Presents 'A Night With John Watson' on Wednesday March 9th in Banbury - Last Few Places !!

Bodicote Cricket Club, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4BN - This Venue is NOW CONFIRMED
9th March 2022
18:30 - 21:30
Free To Attend By Members From ALL local Regions, Donation to Charity Appreciated. Last few places still available !

John is a neighbour of a Region Member and has agreed to join us for the evening to answer questions that in turn allow him to “let rip”. John Watson was born in Belfast and started his F1 career in 1972, driving a customer March-Cosworth. His 1st World Championship events came in 1973 when he raced in the British GP in a customer version of a Brabham-Ford BT37, and the US GP, where he drove the third works Brabham BT42.

He scored his first World Championship point in the 1974 Monaco GP and went on to score a total of six points that season. At the 1975 Spanish GP he nearly had his first win. He was 2nd, behind Mario Andretti, until he had to stop in the pits for checks after his car started to suffer vibrations. Andretti retired later, and after rejoining the race John finished 8th. He also took 2nd place in the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, and 4that the International Trophy race at Silverstone.

In 1979, Watson moved to McLaren where he gave them their first victory in over three years by winning the 1981 British GP and also securing the first victory for a carbon fibre composite monocoque F1 car. After James Hunt's abrupt retirement after the Monaco Grand Prix in 1979, Watson was the only full-time competitive British F1 driver up until the end of his career.

In 1984 Watson turned sports car racing. He was part of the driver line-up for Bob Tullis's Group 44 Jaguar team at the 1984 24 hrs of Le Mans driving an IMSA spec Jaguar XJR-5 powered by a 6.0 litre V12 in the IMSA / GTP class. In what was Jaguar's first appearance at Le Mans since 1959, Watson briefly took the lead of the race towards the end of the first hour when the faster Porsche 956s and Lancia LC2s pitted. He also finished 2nd in the 1987 season alongside Jan Lammers in the TWR Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-8. He competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 7 times between 1973 and 1990.

Richard West, a non-executive member of the JEC Board, an old colleague and an old mate of ‘Wattiee’ at McLaren, will be our question master, compere etc. etc.

We hope the event will be recorded as a JEC podcast and made into a video, but it will be best enjoyed in person.

This will be an exceptional night, and there will be a pay bar to celebrate at.