Peter Horsman has been appointed Chairman of the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association (HGPCA) with immediate effect. Horsman, 62, recently retired as Partner/Chairman of Saffery Champness LLP, a leading private client accountancy firm, succeeds Barry Cannell, following his second term in the role. Cannell has retired due to expanding business interests.
Another successful racer, Horsman cut his teeth in Morgans before acquiring his first Lotus 17 sports car in 2004. He added the ex-Tony Shelly Lotus-Climax 18/21 ‘P1’ Formula 1 and Tasman Cup contender to his stable in 2007 and has won numerous HGPCA races in the car which is prepared by renowned motor engineer Andrew Tart.
“One of the qualities I would stress about the HGPCA is that it is different from other historic race organisers,” says Horsman, who previously served in the role of Treasurer. “Members share a passion for their cars which is far more important than their passion for winning, which means that we do not wish for the cars to be developed to the ‘nth’ degree or be driven by professional drivers. We wish to respect history, albeit in the modern world. It’s a privilege to race alongside some of the world’s most iconic Grand Prix cars. We visit Europe’s best circuits and events to celebrate this by having fun on the circuit and often afterwards at dinners with our partners.
“The HGPCA is not a profit-motivated business, it runs a series of stand-alone races, not a championship, for invited competitors. We are and must remain a financially stable entity and if we make a profit in excess of our needs we will return it to our members.
“Running the Association in today’s world is challenging of course, but we take comfort that our style of racing seems to encourage younger new members as well as those of us who are older. The Association’s Board and Members are committed to doing just that.”