Alan Henry 1947-2016
Alan Henry, one of the most respected F1 journalists and a former editor of Motoring News, passed away last week. He was 69.
Like so many, Henry began his career as part of the contributor network. He had written in to the weekly titles complaining about a report that he’d read. He was told that if he thought he could do better, he should have a go.
And so his career began. But it was in May 1970, when Henry was dropping off his weekend’s club report before carrying on his usual day job as a clerk at Barclays Bank, that his life changed. “I was ushered in to the managing director’s office,” he remembered in his recent memoirs. “The gentleman apologised that he would only be able to pay me £1500 a year and a company Lotus Cortina. At the time, I was earning £998 a year at Barclays. Life is full of difficult decisions and this was not one of them.”
Henry become our F1 editor and then the editor from 1976 until 1979. He left to become a freelance working for many national newspapers and editor-at-large of F1 Racing. He also oversaw the Autocourse publications for several seasons.
Henry’s contacts were at the highest level, and his ability to get to the point of stories while avoiding the politics, made him a hit with the readers.
MN would like to extend its sympathies to his friends and family.