Peter Warr 1938-2010

Author

admin

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Current page

133

Current page

134

Current page

135

Current page

136

Current page

137

Current page

138

Current page

139

Current page

140

Current page

141

Current page

142

Current page

143

Current page

144

Current page

145

Current page

146

Current page

147

Current page

148

Current page

149

Current page

150

Current page

151

Current page

152

Current page

153

Current page

154

Current page

155

Current page

156

Current page

157

Current page

158

Current page

159

Current page

160

Current page

161

Current page

162

Current page

163

Current page

164

Current page

165

Current page

166

Current page

167

Current page

168

Current page

169

Current page

170

Current page

171

Current page

172

Current page

173

Current page

174

Current page

175

Current page

176

Current page

177

Current page

178

Current page

179

Current page

180

Current page

181

After Motor Sport’s revered continental correspondent Denis Jenkinson had to shave off his beard when Jochen Rindt won the 1969 US Grand Prix in a Lotus, it was a moment of great amusement for the newly appointed Lotus team manager Peter Warr. Yet more than a decade later Warr rashly made a similar prediction about Nigel Mansell, stating that as long as he [Warr] had a hole in his backside the British driver would never win a Grand Prix.

Warr, who has died at the age of 72, learned to laugh at his own error of judgement. More importantly, he earned a crucial place in F1 history as the keeper of the Team Lotus flame during the 1980s after the company founder died of a sudden heart attack just before Christmas 1982. He played his personal trump card by signing Senna to drive for Lotus in 1985, a move which would have undoubtedly attracted Colin Chapman’s approval.

Warr originally nurtured his own racing ambitions, eventually purchasing a Lotus 7 which had been specially built for Graham Hill to drive in the traditional Boxing Day Brands Hatch fixture in 1959. He raced it enthusiastically for a couple of seasons before switching to the Formula Junior category.

It was an exiting and absorbing time for Warr. After working all hours at the Lotus factory, he would then rush off on Friday evening, towing his car, to get to a race on the Continent and be back to work on Monday morning. He won the Formula Junior Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring in a Lotus 20 and made two trips to Japan for races at Suzuka, winning the 1963 Japanese GP, then a sports car race, driving a Lotus 23B.

Warr retired from racing in 1964 and originally intended to follow Lotus with its move to Hethel, Norfolk, in ’66. But when it came to the crunch, Warr decided not to go and left the team, in part because the job he really wanted as Lotus F1 manager had gone instead to his colleague Andrew Ferguson. Then one day in 1969, Ferguson tipped Warr off that he was leaving the company, too. Chapman judged Warr as the right man for the vacant post.

Warr managed the team through the golden years of the Lotus 72, suffering the tragedy of Rindt’s death in 1970 and then presiding over the team’s re-birth in ’72 when Emerson Fittipaldi became world champion. This domination continued into ’73 when Ronnie Peterson joined Fittipaldi, but over the next two years their fortunes began to wane and things weren’t helped in the spring of ’75 when Warr broke both legs in a road accident.

At the 1976 British GP Warr was presented with a golden opportunity. He was approached by the Austro-Canadian oil millionaire Walter Wolf who had just acquired the assets of the bankrupt Williams team. Wolf wanted a clean-sheet approach for ’77 and offered Warr the job of masterminding the project. He quickly accepted the new challenge.

Colin Chapman was hugely disappointed to have lost his key administrator. For all his outward bluster, the Lotus chief retained a keen perception of Warr’s contribution. Warr could be tart and critical on occasion, displaying a brusque approach which could rub people up the wrong way. But he was immensely loyal to Lotus, conscientious and meticulous about the way in which the team was run. Chapman bade him good fortune and suggested that he regard his detour to Wolf as ‘temporary leave of absence’.

Jody Scheckter took the new Wolf to second place in the ’77 World Championship, a success which was as impressive as it was unexpected. But in the summer of ’81 came the call from Chapman. It was time for Warr to return to Lotus, but just 16 months later he was telling the team the tragic news that their leader had died. Warr now found himself unwillingly thrust into the Lotus driving seat. And he did a brilliant job. Alan Henry

Related articles

Related products