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#1 Dick Dastardly

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Posted 15 March 2022 - 08:33

Long time Navigating legend Willy Cave has passed away. ):

Willy started navigating in the 1950s for the then BMC team and continued until very recently on historic rallies.

He was also a former WW2 Spitfire pilot.

RIP Willy   



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#2 Dipster

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Posted 15 March 2022 - 08:58

Long time Navigating legend Willy Cave has passed away. ):

Willy started navigating in the 1950s for the then BMC team and continued until very recently on historic rallies.

He was also a former WW2 Spitfire pilot.

RIP Willy   

 

 

Sorry to hear this. Was he any relation to Mick Cave who raced an  A40 in club racing in the 60's?



#3 Allan Lupton

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Posted 15 March 2022 - 15:10

Four or five years ago Willy came with us to one of the Hertfordshire talks/film shows when we had a rally theme. One of many who have helped make those events interesting.



#4 Doug Nye

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Posted 15 March 2022 - 17:13

Willy Cave I first recall as being mentioned by Raymond Baxter on one of his "wizard prang", "ten-tenths through the snow drifts" radio bulletins direct from "the Monte" - "Hyar we are in gay Paree" - "This is Roland Thaxter reporting now from Chambéry" - "Good evening from the balmy warmth of Monte Carlo in January" - etc etc.

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#5 mikeC

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Posted 15 March 2022 - 20:21

Another sad loss, I have fond memories of competing against Willy in historic rallying in the 1990s; he was always willing to share his knowledge and experience with aa relative novice.

 

Not a very good pic, but here's a young Willy climbing back into the Works TR4 of John Sprinzel in the 1962 RAC Rally:

 

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#6 cooper997

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Posted 16 March 2022 - 00:35

Here's Willy in his later rallying career.

 

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There is a book on Willy by Pablo Raybould (however I don't have a copy)

 

My condolences to the Cave family and friends.

 

 

Stephen



#7 bradbury west

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Posted 16 March 2022 - 11:36

It is called “A biography of a rally navigator” and is just that, and in brilliant detail, taken from Willy’s own records etc., over 200 pages of A4  softback.  Broad and meticulous in their detail, they make a fascinating tale, with some  excellent photographs,  covering many decades,  and very informative in terms of those people and cars  and events with which he was involved. 
If you can locate a copy I recommend it strongly, if that is your interest. As a pure historical record  of a period in time it is worth buying.

Pablo Raybould is on Facebook  and especially via the BMC  Competition  Cars page.  I have Pablo’s e mail address. 

Pablo also published books in conjunction with Christabel Carlisle, and  the diaries and memoirs of  celebrated period navigator Tony Ambrose, both of which I find most enjoyable.

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#8 BRG

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 16:31

Very sad to hear this. I had the privilege of meeting Willy several times on the Three Castles Rally. Lovely, lovely man.

RIP.

#9 Vitesse2

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Posted 19 April 2022 - 15:41

The Telegraph website has a long obit for Willy today, although in Grauniad style they have managed to get his date of death wrong. By two years!

 

https://www.telegrap...aster-obituary/