Peter Foubister 1953-2016
Peter Foubister, the Royal Automobile Club motoring secretary, who played a key part in the launch of F1 Racing in 1996, died unexpectedly on 18 November 2016.
Known to most in the motorsport world as ‘Foub’ or ‘Foubie’, Peter joined F1 Racing’s sister magazine Autosport as rally editor in 1980, working his way up to editor in 1988. It was during his watch that the massed ranks of typewriters were nally replaced by computers, and McLaren’s Ron Dennis was co-opted to support a new award that recognised and supported the best new driving talents coming through the ranks: the McLaren Autosport Young Driver Of The Year, still going strong, and now known as the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. The rst recipient was David Coulthard.
Upon moving to a publishing role in 1992, ‘Foub’ lent his energies to further expansion of the brand, including the annual Autosport International Show, and building the Autosport Awards into a must-attend xture in the social calendar. In 1996, he became publishing director and was instrumental in seeing the rst edition of F1 Racing across the nishing line.
Latterly he spent ve years in the US as CEO of Haymarket Worldwide Inc, publishers of Racer magazine, before returning to the UK in 2009 as a consultant to Goodwood and the Bahrain GP. Most recently, at the RAC, he ushered in a new approach to the venerable institution.
“He was fun, loyal, and a good friend,” said Sir Stirling Moss. “That generous, smiling face will be an enormous loss to the motoring fraternity and we will miss him a great deal.”
All at F1 Racing send their condolences to Foub’s wife, Marion, and his children, Gemma and Rory.