Alan Henry 1947-2016

Motor Sport News - - Racing News -

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.

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