John Hor­ton 1948-2016

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as a co-driver in the late 1960s, he joined Dun­lop in 1972. Six months later and he was sup­ply­ing the tyres Roger Clark would use to win that year’s RAC Rally.

Hor­ton moved into pub­lic re­la­tions to join Brian Culcheth at the Dealer Opel Team in 1979, be­fore tak­ing on the man­age­ment and co­or­di­na­tion of the Bri­tish Na­tional and Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onships. It was no co­in­ci­dence that his ten­ure co­in­cided with some of their most suc­cess­ful years.

Most re­cently, he worked as press of­fi­cer at Rally GB and the Bri­tish GP, es­tab­lish­ing the same roles in Turkey.

In a broad stroke, that was John. What’s miss­ing is the leg­work be­hind the head­lines. With­out JH, those Russ Swift Mon­tego ad­verts would never have hap­pened, nor would a Land Rover have been winched to the sum­mit of Cader Idris for a ‘Keep Bri­tain Tidy’ pub­lic­ity stunt.

There was so much more to John than just mo­tor­sport, but for those in­volved in our in­dus­try, it was un­doubt­edly a plea­sure to work with this most gra­cious, decent, pop­u­lar, pro­fes­sional and happy man. He will be sorely missed by many, in­clud­ing his 4000-strong con­tact list.

MN ex­tends its deep­est sym­pa­thies to John’s fam­ily.

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