Horrible unexpected news.
John was my best pal from the time we first met in September 1960 until the mid 70s when he decamped to Lausanne. We spent many a happy hour at Brands Hatch in particular, and in the late 60s as far afield as Thruxton and Cadwell Park, as he found some financial support for the likes of John Spero, Gerry Birrell and James Hunt. Fun days indeed.
One inaccuracy in the Autosport obituary - We were at the same crammers at 10 Pembridge Square, Notting Hill as Piers Courage, but although we knew Piers by sight we were in different educational and social groups. Piers drove a 1930s Triumph Gloria and the only car any of us had was a Morris Minor convertible. John was always a people person, never had a driving licence while I knew him, and certainly never "fettled" a car in his life - our free time was spent in the coffee bars and pubs of Notting Hill and Chelsea.
A couple of Johnisms have stayed in my mind over the years - "I thought racing drivers were a bunch of posh public school boys, but they're not", (that was before James came on the scene) and, demonstrating his technical side, "You know McLarens - they're built like brick s***houses", I've long forgotten the context.
I quiet softly-spoken man, John had a strong influence on the sport but never put himself in the spotlight.
My condolences to Annie and their children.
Edited by Kpy, 04 January 2021 - 15:30.