PETER BROWNING (1936-2021)


The BRSCC is saddened to learn of the recent passing of former Executive Director Peter Browning, who passed away at the age of 84 after a short illness.

Peter began his involvement in motorsport as a timekeeper as he followed in the footsteps of his father, before he joined Harrow Car Club and eventually worked his way up the ranks to become manager of the Competitions Department for the British Motor Corporation, overseeing the likes of the Mini Cooper and Austin Healey 3000’s racing and rally exploits and subsequent success.

When his time with BMC came to an end, Peter joined the BRSCC as Executive Director in place of Nick Syrett. He played an instrumental role in conceiving and developing major events and competitions such as the Formula Ford Festival when it began in 1972, before working on delivering the first-ever Tour of Britain a year later. Peter also clerked for several major race events including the Brands Hatch 1000kms, Race of Champions and the Rothmans 50,000. During the latter part of his time working with the club, Peter worked from his Buckinghamshire home when the club moved its HQ to offices at Brands Hatch from Empire House Chiswick. Browning remained executive director until 1983 when he departed to form his own motorsport consultancy company, Sportscene.

His work also saw him become responsible for Marlboro’s UK motorsport sponsorships in the late 1980s and early 1990s and in later years he organised the Prix de Alpes classic car rally with his late second wife Sharon. More recently, he had also worked as Competitions Secretary for the MG Car Club’s racing activities.

On behalf of the entire club and its members, the BRSCC passes on its sincerest condolences, thoughts and best wishes to Peter’s family, closest friends and colleagues at this difficult time.