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).
“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