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Born in the UK (1952) but raised in Sydney, Australia, Peter became Press Officer of the Australian Automobile Racing Club (AARC) at the age of 17 and played an active role in the organization of the famous Warwick Farm circuit near Liverpool, Sydney.  At that point he also began writing for various magazines around the world, including Australian Motoring News and Autosport (UK).

After moving to the UK in 1972, Peter wrote for Competition Car magazine and was appointed Sports Editor of Autocar magazine in 1975.  He went on to win five international awards for his writing, including Sports Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year.  In 2013 he has also been awarded the Gold Medal of Imola by the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy Committee for his services to motor sport.  Peter quickly diversified into F1 driver and team management, working with Frank Williams from 1978 onwards (developing Williams’ new Saudi sponsorship) and with drivers Carlos Reutemann and Nigel Mansell.  Reutemann went on to finish runner-up in the 1981 World Championship and Mansell to win the title in 1992.  Today he works closely with the world’s pre-eminent driver coach, Rob Wilson.

Peter joined Williams full-time in 1985 as Manager of Sponsorship and Public Affairs but switched to Ferrari in 1989 to manage their UK F1 facility.  He then returned to Williams as Team Manager in 1991, winning both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships.

Turning to TV, Peter reported for Sky Sports from 1993-97 and joined Fox Sports Net as their F1 specialist in 1998.  Predominantly under the Newscorp banner, he presented F1 on TV through to 2009, working for Speedvision, SpeedTV, HD1 (Australia) and FOM TV.  Peter was Grand Prix Editor of F1 Racing magazine from 1997-2009 and today is that magazine’s Senior Feature Writer and Columnist.  He also writes for the BRDC Bulletin, AutoSport (Japan), the Goodwood magazine and presents his own, weekly, on-line chat show, The Racer’s Edge in association with F1 Racing magazine.

Peter is also a much sought-after speaker and presenter and in the past decade has hosted events for Intel, Hilton, WilliamsF1, LotusF1, Honda, Qinetiq, Lenovo, Porsche, Renault, Toyota; Grand Prix Tours; ING; Formula One Management (Global Business Conference, Shanghai; 2007 F1 Festival, Abu Dhabi);  the FIA (2005-06-07-08 Prizegiving Ceremonies, Monaco); Synovate, ConvaTec, Blackberry, Sportsnet and Ciena. He has also delivered keynote speeches at several major conference events away from F1 environment, most notably for HP (IT Conference, Canary Islands);  CeBIT (Hamburg);  ENSA (Munich), Tenix (Melbourne) and various IT events (Budapest, Amsterdam).

Recent testimonials:

“The talk was fantastic.  We’ve had many positive feedback notes from our clients” – Sportsnet

“Thanks for making today’s event a huge success in every respect” – The Candy Store

“We got a lot of positive feedback from our team last night.  A number of folks commented on how ‘human’ you were.  Overall you made a big contribution to the success of our event” – Synovate

 

Enquiries to:

oscar@portlandmarketing.com

21 thoughts on “profile

  1. Peter, in your excellent Goodwood Graphics pics, one is of Denny’s CanAm trumpets, but it appears to show 7 of them. Huh? Was that not an 8 cyl engine?

  2. I can’t swear to it, but I am almost certain it is there – a smaller trumpet, hidden on the left by the taller ones. I had only a few secs to take the pic before they covered it up!

  3. Peter, like yourself,i was also a huge fan of Jim Clark,i was 21 and living in Adelaide when he was killed and i was devastated,having followed his career through my formative years and apprenticeship,( motor mechanic).i moved back here to my native Scotland in 1976 (we,the family,had been ten pound poms back in 1952),been here ever since.i live about 35 miles from Duns etc and was driving through Chirnside with the misus last week on the annual pilgrimmage. immagine my horror to see the Ian Scot Watson memorial clock tower to Jimmy,vandalised big time! Any idea whats happening there ? The clockface and workings are missing, just a big round hole,with wiring and a pink plastic carrier bag,blowing in the breeze. Come to think of it, the general appearance of the high street is shabby now. I cant believe the lack of respect though,with the memorial,i wonder if Ian knows about this. cheers, ken.

  4. You’re correct about the clock tower. I’m currently working with a group of friends to try to put together a plan to raise some money in order to have it fully restored. As you say, it’s astonishing that some people can be so disrespectful.

  5. Ken……..as a group of Lotus owners we have approached Chirnside Council with the offer of paying to renovate the clock tower
    They have accepted the offer and I am waiting for estimates.
    I been waiting two weeks now since the inspection by local artisans.
    The clock in in Edinburgh being repaired…we have offered to pay for that too.
    It is a sad state of affairs also that what is a tourist attraction should be so neglected
    There is a thought that Duns getting the Jim Clark Room cause petty resentmemt in Chirnside !

  6. Estimate £25oo…………money raised as of today £1705
    Work starts Oct 30th.

  7. Excellent stuff. You’re a star, Michael.

  8. Work completed (and paid for) in Chirnside……….clock re-hung

    All good for our visit in May next year

  9. kcrossle on said:

    Pretty sure that Michael Turner Indianapolis print is 1965. Giveaway is the paint job on the following Lotus. Matches http://blog.ims.com/tag/jim-clark/#.UaerALXvuUR

  10. Ago on said:

    Hiya Peter, happy to read you again (I used to read your previous blog “the race driver” if I remember well.
    Thanks for sharing all your precious memories with us, they are a pleasure to read, and also a great source of information…
    On that matter I posted one of your pics (with unambiguous reference to your blog indeed) on Lionel Froissart’s blog…
    On the picture (81 Imola Laffite, Jabouille….) he said the guy sipping a drink is not Philippe Alliot but (quote) “Jean Pierre Aujoulet alors responsable du sponsoring de la Seita”

    http://bordsdepistes.liberation.fr/2013/06/27/webber-peut-il-le-faire/comment-page-5/#comment-338180

    Best regards

  11. Many thanks. Will change!

  12. Dave Knipe on said:

    Peter – don’t know a) if this is an appropriate post or b) if you’ve seen it already but there is some wonderful 8mm film in 3 parts focused around – but not exclusively – on Jo Sieffert available at Vimeo.

  13. Ken Elvery on said:

    Peter,
    Much enjoyed your interview with Alistair Caldwell – particularly his fund of racing stories. From March 1971 – December 1975 I was the Gulf Oil racing products liaison engineer in Europe, responsible for the lubricants and fuels production, and circuit use and analysis. This covered the Gulf-Porsche 917’s in 1971, the Gulf-Mirage team from 1972-75 and of course the McLaren F1 team from 1971-75 for whom Gulf was the lubricants and fuels product sponsor. I had the pleasure of visiting the McLaren HQ on several occasions, to determine each year the annual product requirements and arrange supplies to the various F1 races. I met Teddy Meyer, Tyler Alexander and probably Alistair as well. In addition I attended several races, including a Race of Champions at Brands Hatch where I also met the drivers, Denny Hulme and Peter Revson. By the way, I remain in regular contact with John Horsman, former Director of Engineering Development at Gulf Research Racing at Slough. Great memories of those years.

    Ken Elvery,
    Dordrecht,
    Netherlands
    E-mail: ken@elvery.demon.nl

  14. Dan Cole on said:

    Peter, I have a question concerning the Monaco Grand Prix. Has the start/finish line moved over the years from its current location. In some older photos of the start it appears to be in its current location, in others it looks like it was on the straight before the pool complex was constructed, turn 1 would then be Rascasse instead of St. Devote. Is this correct of am I wrong?

    Thanks,

    Dan Cole
    Billings, MT USA

  15. There was a big first corner (Gasworks Hairpin) accident in 1962 so for 1963 the start was moved over to the other sides of the pits, approximately where it is today. The thinking was that a faster corner (pre-chicane Ste Devote) would be less accident-conducive than a tight hairpin. (Mind you, no-one had heard of Derek Daly at that point!) The start remained in that position despite the addition of the swimming pool section in 1973.

  16. Dan Cole on said:

    Thanks! That’s explains its. I honestly had never noticed until I started closely looking at old photos. Good stuff.

  17. Dan Cole on said:

    Hello Peter,

    With all the crazy new rules like, double points, etc. Why not do something to really spice it up and let the Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours be “optional” points paying races for a team to compete in. Then have a huge $$$$$ prize for a driver that wins all three in a season. Its never been done, closest being Graham Hill, or Juan Pablo Montoya.

    Just a random thought like the double points deal.

    Merry Christmas from Montana.

  18. Great idea, Dan. Sadly the F1 teams would reject it out of sight on the basis that it would hurt F1’s image as the pinnacle of motor sport (so it says here!). Instead, they’re resorting to pretty tacky and childish add-ons to “improve” the show.

  19. Dunno if this is the right place to ask this question but when Rob talks about ‘smooth’ driving and inputs to the car not wanting to ask too much of the tyres is this not in contradiction to the ultra smooth drivers such as Button etc who often can’t turn the tyres ‘on?’ Can it actually benefit lap time to be more aggressive in some circumstances? I know it’s far more complicated than that but I’d love to hear a bit about it. It’d be amazing if you and Rob could discuss this in a blog. Do any of his current drivers seek assistance in how to overcome this? What’s his advice? Is it just car set up that can solve these issues? I’m really interested to know/understand more about this issue. Cheers. (Also, I’ve read every autosport since 1994 and thought that’d cover everything i needed but finding TRE has been a revelatio- absolutely brilliant! So thankyou,)

  20. Rob likes to “reduce the spikes” in the driving – and within that context always maintains that “shorter corners”, with low minimum-speed rotations, are better than “corners that go on too long”, albeit with higher mid-corner minimum speeds. Although Jenson has very few spikes in his driving, he has always proscribed very long corners with wide, open entries, geometrical apices and relatively high minimum speeds. Jenson is a very smooth version of Jean-Eric Vergne. Alonso, Bottas, Raikkonen and Vettel drive at the other extreme. All are very smooth, as you say.

  21. Rainer on said:

    Hi Peter, Would you be interested in answering a few questions about the media coverage of the Michael Schumacher ski accident.

    I’ve already interviewed Gary Hartstein for my university case study and your opinion would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Rainer.

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