William Kimberley 1950–2021

The Guild was deeply saddened to learn of the death of William Kimberley last week after a three-year battle with cancer.

William began his long career as an automotive writer publishing The Kimberley Grand Prix Guides, and later joined Motor Sport magazine.

With a fantastic understanding of technical journalism, he spent 10 years as editor of Automotive Engineer, and joined Race Tech magazine in 2006. He later launched Historic Racing & Technology magazine and also founded the World Motorsport Symposium, alongside his wife and Kimberley Media Group publisher Soheila Kimberley.

Most recently, he was editor-in-chief of Race Tech, and won a number of journalism awards during his career.

William was also a prolific author, having written The Ford that Beat Ferrari in 1985, as well as a number of books on the Triumph TR6, TR7 and TR8, plus Hot Hatchbacks. Motorsport titles included Learn & Compete: a Primer for Formula SAE.

William joined the Guild in 1984, and was always a strong supporter of our role as a voice for automotive journalists and photographers, as well as participating in events. 

He loved bringing his classic Bentley to Guild events – it was his first car and he had owned it since the age of 17.

Many members have already expressed their sadness at William’s passing, and he will be missed by all of us.

William’s funeral service will be held St. Marylebone crematorium in East Finchley at 1pm on 8 November. If you’re unable to attend, but if you wish to join his ceremony, watch live on the web link below.

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In lieu of flowers, it has been requested that a donation be made to The Brain Tumour Charity, and it can be made at https://justgiving.com/fundraising/williamkimberley