Peter Bolton

Peter Bolton, the former Le Mans racer and a BRDC life member, died in late August at the age of 88. Bolton raced at Le Mans 10 times in the late 1950s and early 1960s for AC and Triumph, and also competed on the Monte Carlo Rally. He was famous for driving an AC Cobra coupé at 185mph on the new M1 in June 1964, when, along with Jack Sears, he was testing the car before Le Mans. Having served in the Royal Navy during the war, he later learned to fly with the RAF and held a pilot’s licence into his 70s. He retired to the Isle of Man and was co-founder of the Manx Motor Racing Club.