PETER COOPER (1922-2009)
Peter Cooper died on Saturday 28 March 2009, at the BEN home in Sunningdale, aged 86.
Peter spent more than 50 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). His achievements included finishing second overfall on the 1954 RAC Rally, Chairman of the Kart Committee, a Steward of vast worldwide experience, membership of the FIA World Council 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, current Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association, said: "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."
Arrangements have been made for Peter's funeral as follows: Tuesday 7 April 2009 at 3.00pm at Taunton Crematorium. Family flowers only please, but donations can be made to BEN and either sent to A J Wakely & Sons, Chapel House, Hermitage Street, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 8ES, or on the day at the Crematorium.
The easiest way to reach the crematorium (if you are unfamiliar with the area) is to leave the M5 at Wellington (Somerset) junction 26 and take the A38 heading towards Taunton. The crematorium will be sign-posted on your right. Alternatively, go into Taunton and follow the signs for the Musgrove Hospital, and then the A38 towards Wellington. Straight over the roundabout and the crematorium is on the lefthand side.