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#1 Herbert

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 18:50

Sad to hear. R.I.P.

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#2 midgrid

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 18:50

Formula1.com is reporting that Peter Warr died yesterday in France after suffering a heart attack.

R.I.P.
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#3 jj2728

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 19:02

R.I.P. Peter......

#4 Phil Rainford

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 19:07

My first memories of F1......... Lotus 72, Peterson, Fittipaldi, Chapman and Peter Warr.

Sad news indeed :cry:


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#5 sterling49

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 19:17

How sad, he contributed so much to the sport we love.

#6 Coral

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 19:24

Oh no, how sad. R.I.P. Peter... :cry:

#7 Gary C

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 19:34

It makes the morning Steve Holter and I spent filming him three years ago even more special. He loved the Ronnie and the 72, so he and I were instantly on good terms. My thoughts are with his wife and family.

Edited by Gary C, 05 October 2010 - 19:35.


#8 wolf sun

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 19:55

Oh no...he was far too young to leave!
RIP Peter. :cry:

#9 harmkruithof

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 20:40

What sad news. The other day I read an interview Simon Taylor did with him for Motorsport magazine. It was a fabulous read and I after I had finished reading the article I strongly hoped that one day Peter would put pen to paper and write down his version of Life at Team Lotus. Sadly that will never be. With him another part of the old Team Lotus disappears and how I loved reading about it... Sincere condolences to his family.

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Edited by harmkruithof, 05 October 2010 - 20:41.


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Posted 05 October 2010 - 21:18

One of my favourite moments in GP came when Ayrton won in the wet in Portugal and he returned to the pits hands up in the air being greeted back by Peter...such images stick in the memory banks for ever. Sad news indeed that Peter should leave us so soon. Rest In Peace Peter and God Bless and thoughts to your nearest and dearest :cry:

#11 maplestone71

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 21:20

Tragic news - a true servant to our sport (and as I've said before here, seriously under-rated).

I managed two minutes with Peter at the Lotus Festival at Snetterton in June and he said he was still working on a book, but it had been delayed as he'd changed the concept - unfortunately we will not now hear his fascinating story in detail

RIP Peter

#12 Michael Oliver

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 21:39

What a terribly sad week for fans of Team Lotus history, first Trevor Taylor and now Peter. I spent quite a bit of time interviewing Peter for my books and he was an extremely welcoming and entertaining person to be with. My sympathies to Yvonne and the rest of his family.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 22:02

Peter at the Snetterton Lotus festival in June

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... and in the Silverstone pits with The Duke and Steve Hallam circa 1987

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#14 rallen

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 22:26

Bad show.

Team Lotus were the only team I ever cared about, seems to fade away just that bit more now.

#15 JacnGille

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 23:03

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#16 Tenmantaylor

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 00:50

RIP

Learned about someone I wasn't aware of, sounds like he was a big part of what many still regard as F1s golden age.

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#17 RogerFrench

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 01:25

Another one taken too soon. RIP

#18 Craven Morehead

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 01:33

Rest in Peace Peter W. , thanks for everything.

#19 Stefan Schmidt

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 05:10

R.I.P. :(

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#20 Rob29

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 06:35

R.I.P Peter. I remember him as a Formula Junior driver around 1961.

#21 Paul Hurdsfield

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 07:05

Sad, so sad :cry:

I have a little Peter Warr story.

I think it was early eighties, in the paddock at Silverstone for the GP.
We, a couple of mates and my 10 year old son were in the paddock, sneaked in, no passes, as you do  ;)
We spotted Peter so I said to Stephen (my son)
"That's the boss of Lotus, go and get his autograph, and ask him if he's got any stickers"
Peter duly signed the programme, and said "I havent got any stickers on me, but if you go to the other paddock where the motorhomes are, tell the girls I sent you and they're to give you some stickers. I see you havent got any passes, so dont go to the gate, they wont let you in, go down to the tyre trucks and you'll be able to sneak in there".
So off we went to the tyre trucks, in the paddock the JPTL girls said to Stephen sorry we cant give stickers advertising tobacco to children, but gave him a chocolate bar.
Off we went slightly dissapointed.
A while later, still in the paddock Peter spotted us and made a beeline straight to Stephen and asked "did you get your stickers?"
Stephen explained what happened.
Come with me he said, and off we went through the tyre trucks again into the other paddock, we got to the Lotus area and he said "wait here by my car"(a Lotus Elite in full JPS colours) :cool: he then dissapeared into the motorhome and came out with a handfull of stickers and a can of cold coke, "here's a few stickers, give some to your mates at school"
What a nice man, he made one young fan very happy.
Bear in mind we are just ordinary fans in the hallowed F1 paddock, and shouldn't even have been there, but he took the time out for us on a very busy weekend, It's a pity there arn't more guys like him in F1.

He will be sorely missed.

#22 Maldwyn

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 07:09

RIP

#23 Phil Rainford

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 07:16

Sad, so sad :cry:

I have a little Peter Warr story.


Lovely story Paul :up:

http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/87203


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#24 Doug Nye

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 08:36

With great regret, I understand that another Lotus stalwart - former driver, salesman and team manager Peter Warr - passed away yesterday at his home in France, following a suspected heart attack...

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#25 Stephen W

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 08:39

A really sad start to my day. :cry:



#26 joaovc

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 09:47

Very sad to learn about this :cry:

#27 Longtimefan

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 09:53

Another legend leaves us :(

RIP Peter


#28 charles r

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 10:23

A great shock. RIP Peter Warr.

#29 arttidesco

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 10:38

RIP Peter Warr :(

#30 rallen

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 10:46

Sad, so sad :cry:

I have a little Peter Warr story.
...



That is a lovely story Peter, it is always great when someone you admire is actually nice in real life, it is soul destroying sometimes meeting people in the industry.

#31 f1steveuk

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 11:17

It makes the morning Steve Holter and I spent filming him three years ago even more special. He loved the Ronnie and the 72, so he and I were instantly on good terms. My thoughts are with his wife and family.



Really sad news. As Gary said, we spent a morning filming and interviewing Peter, as his home is not far from mine (the other side of Bergerac). When I was told of the news of his passing, I watched the interview back, and never have I seen anyone so obviously so happy with what he had done with his life. He quite obviously had a great deal of respect and liking for those who he had worked with in the past, never stuck for a name in an anecdote, or a date, or a venue, he must have had real passion for what he did, and it shone through.

And with all this, a genuine modesty, to the point that when tea was served, and the cups lifted off the tray I could see the words "Team Lotus World Constructors Champions", followed with the comment from Peter, "well it IS a tray".



#32 Tony Matthews

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 11:26

I saw Peter from a distance many times at Hethel and Ketteringham, but rarely spoke to him, until Mike Coughlan asked him if I could have a look around the Lotus 'museum', in the Piggery, I think it was called, at the Chapman home. It was an amazing morning, Peter could not have been kinder or more patient, ferrying me from cobweby outbuilding to dusty barn, full of fascinating projects and abandoned chassis. A great loss, and as others have said, another link to Team Lotus gone.

#33 Phil Rainford

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 11:47

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#34 F3Wrench

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 11:48

This is sad news. I only knew Peter briefly during the Tourneo series in Brazil Jan 1971, when he was managing the Gold Leaf F3 for Dave Walker. He was truly one of nature's gentlemen, and totally unpretentious and always affable.

One memory that sticks out in my mind, was when I had to take Barrie Maskell's very bent Chevron back to do an all-night rebuild after a major shunt in practice at Interlagos. Peter came up to me as we were loading the car onto the trailer and said (in his very charming, plummy drawl): "Listen, we don't have much in the way of Chevron spares, but if you need any of the universal stuff for the engine or running gear, let me know." That impressed me no end, that a man of his stature would want to help a competitor's team when they were up against it.

A great man who will be sorely missed.

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 13:24

Sad news.

He seemed a massive part of Team Lotus (and Wolf) in the 70's and 80's but the joy of Senna's first win stands out for me.

Edited by alansart, 06 October 2010 - 14:05.


#36 Arturo Pereira

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 14:00

RIP :(

#37 911

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 14:44

RIP, Peter. You will be missed.

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 14:46

This is sad news. I only knew Peter briefly during the Tourneo series in Brazil Jan 1971, when he was managing the Gold Leaf F3 for Dave Walker. He was truly one of nature's gentlemen, and totally unpretentious and always affable.

One memory that sticks out in my mind, was when I had to take Barrie Maskell's very bent Chevron back to do an all-night rebuild after a major shunt in practice at Interlagos. Peter came up to me as we were loading the car onto the trailer and said (in his very charming, plummy drawl): "Listen, we don't have much in the way of Chevron spares, but if you need any of the universal stuff for the engine or running gear, let me know." That impressed me no end, that a man of his stature would want to help a competitor's team when they were up against it.

A great man who will be sorely missed.



Great story. Thanks for sharing. :up:

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 16:30

Clip from a bit of film I took at Donington in 1991 25yrs of the DFV



Sad news and a most unexpected shock.

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#40 AAA-Eagle

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 18:11

This is very sad news. :cry:

R.I.P. Peter

#41 LordAston

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 18:31

Sad News

RIP Peter :cry:

#42 britishtrident

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 20:13

Very sad day ---- ISTR from very dusty memory that Nigel Mansell once saved Peter from drowing. ----

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 23:01

Very sad day ---- ISTR from very dusty memory that Nigel Mansell once saved Peter from drowing. ----



IIRC that's the other Peter (Collins) of Team Lotus manager post ACBC fame

#44 barrykm

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 10:29

Very sad, R.I.P.

What an interesting book Peter could have written..!

#45 RDV

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 11:27

britishtrident----- ISTR from very dusty memory that Nigel Mansell once saved Peter from drowing. ----

...and blind PEW then thanked him....that's why he was know as "the man with no arsehole..." ;)

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 13:32

IIRC that's the other Peter (Collins) of Team Lotus manager post ACBC fame



Thanks for the correction --- dusty memory dully corrected

#47 Cargo

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 06:24

One of my favourite moments in GP came when Ayrton won in the wet in Portugal and he returned to the pits hands up in the air being greeted back by Peter...such images stick in the memory banks for ever. Sad news indeed that Peter should leave us so soon. Rest In Peace Peter and God Bless and thoughts to your nearest and dearest :cry:


Exactly same memory as me! :)

Found it >>>> google image search

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#48 Vitesse2

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 09:26

Obituary by David Tremayne in today's Independent:

http://www.independe...na-2120547.html

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 10:53

An excellent and well written obituary, though of course we'd expect nothing less from David Tremayne. Faultlessly accurate, and it summed up Peter very well indeed, I think that was exactly the way we all remember him.

#50 maplestone71

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 22:15

Some good news:

Peter's memoirs will be published by Haynes in January - the book currently appears on Amazon for pre-order (can't help smiling at the comment in product description about nurturing Mansell's early career).
http://www.amazon.co...w...6750&sr=8-1

I also understand Simon Taylor is penning a biography (based I think on his interview for the Lunch with ... feature in Motor Sport) to supplement Peter's memoirs.

I can't wait!

Edited by maplestone71, 26 August 2011 - 22:16.