Bill Whitehouse was born in London in 1909. A car dealer from South London, "Big Bill" became one of the early competitors in the 500cc formula in mid 1949 in a Cooper Mk II which he acquired from Stan Coldham and made a creditable fifth in the All-comers and second in the Production Car race at Silverstone on the 9th July, though he retired from the 100 Mile race. This was followed by a third in September again at Silverstone.
Bill finished second in the Open Challenge Final and won the Production Car race and grand final at the Inaugural Brands Hatch meeting in April 1950 and second again, to Moss, in the June Open Challenge Race. He travelled to Rouen in July to beat John Cooper and Eric Brandon and in August, he won his heat and finished second in the final of the Daily Telegraph Trophy to George Wicken. In addition, there were numerous heat wins and placings to demonstrate Whitehouse's ability.
For 1951, he raced for the works team alongside Ken Carter in Cooper Mk Vs, notching up a second at Castle Combe on 31st March and a win in the Daily Telegraph Trophy on 6th August plus a second at Genoa in May and thirds at the Nürburgring in June and the German Grand Prix in July and string of good placings at home. However it would be a highly competitive year for the team, as well as new threats from Kieft and JBS, they had to contend with the Ecurie Richmond Coopers of Eric Brandon and Alan Brown and it would be Eric who would take the National Formula 3 Championship. Bill also tried his hand at Formula 2 in 1951 driving an Alta.
Whitehouse continued in Formula 3 through '52, now in a Mk VI, taking fourth at the Grand Prix in July and third in the Sprint Race at Brands in August but came a cropper at Zandvoort in August, wrecking the car which was eventually sold to Lex Beels.
For 1954, Bill raced for the Connaught team and in 1955, with Formula 2 being cancelled, he retired for a while but in 1957 he bought a Cooper-Climax F2 car and restarted his career at Syracuse before settling back into British events, racing with his son Brian. In July '57 they travelled to Reims to take part in the Formula 2 race there and after Bill's car failed in practice he was lent a Cooper Bobtail by Roy Salvadori. Early in the race, on the run down to the Thillois hairpin, the car somersaulted after a burst tyre and caught fire. Bill Whitehouse was killed in the crash. His death hit hard at the Cooper factory where he was a popular figure, helped by the fact that he often handed out sweets or ice cream to the troops.
Some of Bill's results: