The Motor Sports Association is saddened to report the death of Peter Cooper on Saturday 28th March 2009 at the BEN home in Sunningdale, aged 86.
Peter spent more than fifty years in motor sport including six years as MSA Chief Executive from 1982 to 1987 and was a long term member of the Motor Sports Council, including a spell as chairman from 1982 to 1985. Further highlights of his achievements included 2nd place in the RAC Rally in 1954, Chairman of Kart Committee, a Steward of vast worldwide experience, FIA World Council member for many years and FISA Vice President d'honneur. His glorious career was officially recognised last year with the Motor Sports Association's Lifetime Achievement award.
Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association:
"Peter demonstrated an unrivalled commitment to the sport over many, many years, having held almost every possible post in that time. Perhaps his greatest achievement, however, is that he remained known, well liked and greatly admired throughout motor sport by all those who came into contact with him, right through from Club and National to International and World levels. He will be greatly missed."
On receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award last year, Peter said:
"When I look back, I can say with confidence that if I'd spent half as much time on my business as I did on motor sport, I would have been a lot richer...but a lot less happy."
The MSA sends its condolences to Sally and their children.