Peter Hammond’s sudden death in a motorcycle accident on Thursday morning, while on his way to the British GP, is a body blow to British Motorsport.
He took over as Chief Executive of the RAC’s Motor Sports Association almost a year ago, graduating to full executive status after a three-month trial period, on October 1. In the past 12 months he had made a lot of friends throughout all branches of the sport, who appreciated his honest, forthright manner.
He came into the MSA with a firm belief in marketing, and over his year in office his policies clearly reflected his desire to present the association in a stronger, more professional manner. Part of his drive for better communications was his decision to move from Belgrave Square to Colnbrook.
A true enthusiast, he competed in closed and restricted rallies with a Saab 96 in his youth, and remained a keen follower of all categories. He had a particular commitment to the grass roots levels, believing the MSA had a firm responsibility to maintain sight of the little man’s requirements while catering for professional motorsport.
Peter Hammond will always be thought of fondly by those who had the chance to meet him and become engaged by his warm personality. He was urbane, articulate and friendly, and totally approachable on all manner of subjects pertaining to the sport.
Motor Sport extends its sincere condolences to his wife and family. DJT