Peter Foubis­ter 1953-2016

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Peter Foubis­ter, who passed away last week, was an in­te­gral part of the mo­tor­sport me­dia within Hay­mar­ket, and was key to not only the growth of Au­tosport mag­a­zine and Mo­tor­sport News, but also in the in­tro­duc­tion of the an­nual Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion and the Au­tosport Awards. He was also part of the brains be­hind the Mclaren Au­tosport Young Driver of the Year, which in­cluded win­ners David Coulthard, Jen­son But­ton, Dario Fran­chitti and many oth­ers.

Best known as ‘Fou­bie’, the Scots­man’s ca­reer be­gan as rally ed­i­tor at Au­tosport, when it was MN’S ri­val, in 1980, and ral­ly­ing was his first pas­sion. He even had his own an­nual cov­er­ing the World Rally Cham­pi­onship, Ral­ly­world, in the late 1980s. Fou­bie be­came Au­tosport ed­i­tor in 1988 and sub­se­quently its pub­lisher in 1992. When Hay­mar­ket bought MN in the mid1990s, it fell un­der his wing. Pro­mo­tions within Hay­mar­ket even­tu­ally led to Fou­bie mov­ing to Cal­i­for­nia as CEO of Hay­mar­ket Me­dia Inc and the RACER group.

On his re­turn to the UK and leav­ing Hay­mar­ket, he had roles with the Bahrain GP, Good­wood’s famed Break­fast Club and was most re­cently the Mo­tor­ing Sec­re­tary at the RAC Club.

The trib­utes that flowed fol­low­ing his loss recog­nised a man that will be much missed. His abil­ity to en­cour­age young tal­ent was im­mense.

As for­mer Mo­tor­sport News ral­lies ed­i­tor John Mcil­roy says, “You never felt like you were work­ing for Foub. You were work­ing with him.”

Ap­pro­pri­ately, the flags at the RAC Club on Pall Mall and at Wood­cote Park were flown at half-mast last Satur­day in his honour.

We join many in the mo­tor­sport world in send­ing our sin­cere con­do­lences to his wife Mar­ion, and chil­dren Gemma and Rory.

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