Peter Foubis­ter 1953-2016

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

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.

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