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Peter Giddings Racing

THIS SECTION CONTAINS MANY OF THE MEMORIES OF PETER THAT PEOPLE HAVE SENT TO US

 

Jonathan Burke, January 8, 2019

I lost a good friend yesterday.
It's been several years now that a pernicious infliction that has been eating away at my friend, a condition that I first saw a glimpse of more than two decades or more ago that finally closed it's grip on my friend's life and yesterday the final race was over. Peter was a brilliant race car driver, the ultimate gentleman , and while the race to the finish may not have been won by him certain words that have been spoken in my ears for years come to mind now with his kind voice saying "...winning is not the most important thing."
I first met Peter Giddings at the 1985 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas. At the time I was working for Peter's employer's main competition- and we were eating their lunch. I would see Peter and his lovely wife Judy for several years until a change of situation happened and I was all of a sudden working for Peter's boss and sitting across the table from him planning new products.
Peter and I grew over time to be good acquaintances- based on a love of design, Italy, pretty women and fast machines- mostly Italian in this case but there were always exceptions. We also discovered that we both loved aircraft- and shortly thereafter we started a series of going off to Oshkosh Wisconsin for the big airshow: EAA Fly-In.
I was invited to fly my friend Dick's P-40 and Peter came along to see, and at the time he displayed traits that I now see as indicators of what would finally take him- how stupid could I have been for not calling the situation out. But all our trips- 5 in all- cemented a friendship that I will miss with all my heart. God rest his soul.

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Timothy McGrane, January 8, 2019

The vintage racing world lost one of its greats this week. Peter Giddings lost a valiant battle with C but fought the good fight until the end, much like he did on the track. One of the best pre-war racers Peter had the distinction of having raced in nearly all the great pre-war grand prix cars and on most of the great tracks around the world. My time at Blackhawk Museum gave many opportunities to spend with Peter and his cars at the events...and he did a great Speaker Series presentation on his 1925 Delage Grand Prix car. RIP Peter. You will be missed.

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Nancy N. Dennison, January 9 at 10:39 AM · 

We were deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Peter Giddings. Not only was Peter one of the Best Historic Racers around with a smile on his face everytime he got into and out of his cars, but Peter Giddings was the kindest of gentlemen who always had a warm, gentle smile as he bicyled around the pits greeting everyone especially the 4-legged fur babies..Memories are the warmth that get all of us through this loss. Our memories include one trip to Sonoma where Peter and Butch where out on the track (no helmets!) for a photo shoot in Alfa P-3's. The smiles on both of their faces is priceless. Butch was thrilled to say he was on the track with Peter! Our prayers are with Judy and their family, for them to know that Peter will always be remembered with his warm friendly smile and grateful for our time together. RIP Peter ~~ Butch & Nancy Dennison and Mackie along with everyone from Dennison International Motorsports.

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Terry Murray, January 9, 2019

So saddened to hear of the loss of one of my favorite people on the Earth !
Peter Giddings .... you will be deeply missed you and Judy are at the top of the list when it comes to the most influential people in my life .
So many fun memories....I hope you’re having a nice long walk with Alfa,Tazio and Max !
Havoc and Judy are in good hands .... Love you Bud .. you’re in my heart ❤ forever.... Ter

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Brandon Adrian, January 9, 2019

Peter Giddings you are a true winner, and such a special man; grazie mille for everything Giddings! It was an amazing one of a kind journey with you over the years. You are are true gentleman racer and the most passionate legend in vintage motorsports the world has ever seen. We had many amazing times over the years and your desire to stay in touch and keep the vintage racing passion and specifically Alfa Romeo flame burning will always stay with me. Enjoy those laps with Fangio and Nuvolari now.... you of all people deserve them, and you may just beat them! I will truly miss you🍀 🏁�

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CSRG (Classic Sports Racing Group), January 8, 2019

CSRG has lost one of its biggest enthusiasts & supporters, Peter Giddings. Peter was sewn into the fabric of racing in general & vintage racing, in particular. He was the chronicler of all cars, but his cars were just the visible evidence of his bond to racing, for he also provided the history, the passion & the soul of the mechanical beasts he loved.
Peter was a straightforward, standup individual with a wry sense of humor, who always had time to discuss cars, racing, life...& dogs. To say he will be missed does not adequately convey what has happened. Certainly the loss hits his family hardest of all, but in losing Peter racing has lost one of its guiding lights.
The club sends its love and sympathy to his wife, Judy, during this very difficult time.

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Craig Dino Pidgeon, January 8, 2019

This is a very sad day, I have known Peter Giddings for many years and followed his racing and his stable of beautiful racing cars. He was a long term friend of my father Bruce Pidgeon as they shared their love of cars here in New Zealand, during his many trips to view his cars being restored at Auto Restorations. RIP Peter, you will be sadly missed.

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John deBoer, January 9, 2019

Judy, I wish you well in this difficult time. All my best.

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Joao Pedro Machado Homem, January 9, 2019
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Such very sad news that my good friend Peter Giddings passed away. I lost more than a friend. Since last Monday I am deeply saddened. I have no words to describe my affection for Peter Giddings. In addition to a great business partner, we were great friends. Together we talked and exchanged e-mails every week about business, cars, Formula 1, etc. Auto shows in the United States, historical cars meetings in California, exhibitions at the Blackhawk Museum, so many lunches at his house together with Judy and Havoc, dinners, meetings, trips to the United States, Europe and all around Brazil. There were endless moments shared with this great person. Each moment with him was very special.
Our last meeting in 2018 was in Brazil and we had a great lunch in my home in Rio de Janeiro with my family after spending an entire morning visiting a car show. A Clear-Com lover as me, he was the person which most encouraged me to do engineering, learn English and move on with my career. So many opportunities and advices make me a better person.
My friend Peter, I will miss you with all my heart. Thank you SO much for everything.

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Paul Chenard, January 9, 2019
What can be said ...
You were pure passion, an inspiration ... an honour to have met you ... and you will be very missed.
My sincere condolences to Judy and Karen..
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Peter Darnall, January 9, 2019
A sad note . . .
My friend Peter Giddings lost his long struggle with cancer and has passed away. I'll share my tribute to him with you shortly.
I first met Peter and his wife Judy over thirty years ago. My directions to their location in the race track paddock were unique: "Look for a Great Dane with a vintage Alfa Romeo."
Those directions epitomized the Giddings entourage for more than three decades. Lord Havelock was the Great Dane on duty for the "Last Post."
Godspeed, Peter

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Roland Frojd, January 10, 2019
This is truly sad news. I learned to know Peter about twelve years ago when we took a tour in my Alfa 6C 1750 and became immediate good friends. We were of quite different backgrounds, but shared our interest in the same type of classic racing cars and aeroplanes. My deepest condolences to Judy and the rest of their family. Dear Peter...R.I.P.

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Judy. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and the family -  it has been close to twenty years since we embarked on the ClearCom journey with Peter and yourself and we have enjoyed the ride through three owners and five Olympics.  Thanks also to you for all you have done and continue to do behind the scenes.  I hope we will be able to catch up sometime soon.  Please let me know if there is anything we can do.
Regards,
Chris Dodds, Managing Director
The P.A. People Pty Ltd

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from Phil Lamont, 10 January, 2019

So sorry to hear of one of my hero’s passing.
Peter approached me many years ago at Mt Tremblant.
I knew of him, and was, and still am in awe of his talents, accomplishments and wonderful cars.
He admired my Lotus 18 Formula Junior and told me that a Lotus 18 FJ was his first racecar.
He complimented me on my driving - we had been running together in a practice session earlier that day. He had no idea how much that meant coming from him.
Every year since then we would meet at a racetrack somewhere and enjoy a visit. 
We sometimes communicated by email - always a pleasure for me.
He epitomized the Vintage Racing spirit to me, a fast skillful driver, always with an eye out for the other fellow.
My sincere condolences to his family.
I will miss his great smile, warm greeting and wise counsel.
sincerely
Phil Lamont, President
Vintage Tyres Limited

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from Rex Barrett, January 10, 2019

I was saddened to hear of Peter's passing.
I had the privilage of vintage racing with Peter for the past 15 years or so.  We raced together at Road America, Lime Rock, Indy and Laguna Seca.  It was always a better race when Peter was entered.  We had been looking foward to racing with him in 2018 when we got the news of his illness.  He was always cheerful and kind to me and my car co-owner, Lou Natenshon, whenever we saw him.  He did great things for the advancement of our sport of vintage racing, especially in our beloved pre war class.  I will certainly miss him on the race track - even though most of what I saw was his tailpipe. 
Peter will always be remembered!
Sincerely,
Rex Barrett, Detroit Gasket Special 1933 Ford Indy Racer

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Rich Olmstead, January 10, 2019

Loved watching Peter racing old 1930s Alfas at the Monterey Historics.

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VictorByFar

A victory lap through the pearly gates is in order! RIP

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Posted by Ferrari Pete on guiliaforums.com, January 11. 2019

was not sure where to have posted this but to me, this is a sad loss. a real gentleman racer and big time alfa romeo owner/lover. many had seen him wheeling his pre-war alfas around the track at vintage races and would marvel at how fast they were and how hard he would drive them. always a sight to behold and always thankful he gave us a glimpse into alfa romeo racing past. I always admired him and always loved speaking with him. a special fellow and a big loss to our community. r.i.p.

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Terry Skelton, January 11, 2019

My friend and colleague from my 20 years at Clear-Com passed away the other day. If you didn't know Peter Giddings then it is hard to fully describe the breadth and depth of this man. A tall, slim Englishman with infinite sophistication and twinkling eyes. Impeccably dressed always. He did not suffer fools gladly or otherwise but would share knowledge from his seemingly inexhaustible store. Exceedingly intelligent. His experience in the audio business went back many years and included bringing Beyer, Revox and Studer to the US. From the early days at Clear-Com he roamed the world spreading the magic of Clear-Com intercoms and making friends while handling international sales. He had been everywhere, knew everyone and remembered it all. He was a famous world-class antique race-car driver and owner of a number of those amazing machines. He and his wonderful wife Judy made a formidable two-person sales team that somehow seemed much bigger. Absolutely larger than life...I had never met his like before and we won't ever see such again. Travel safely.

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Alain Rochon et Josee Morneau

Condolences from Mont Tremblant, January 13, 2019

Bonjour,
Nous sommes tristes d'apprendre le décès de M. Giddings.
Nos plus sincères condoléances à la famille et aux proches.Voici ma femme avec M. Giddings au circuit Mont-Tremblant lors d'un sommet des légendes.

Un super gentleman! We are two great fans of Mr. Giddings living in Mont-Tremblant.

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Steve Cornish, January 27, 2019, Granby, Quebec, Canada.

To Judy and all the family, my sincerest condolences on the passing of my esteemed friend Peter Giddings. Living in Canada, I have been following Peter's races for years, taking pictures of his cars in Mont Tremblant, Sebring, Watkins Glen, in fact there is a picture on Peter's site of a young lad in the Maserati 250F in Mont Tremblant and I was there when the picture was taken. I took many pictures of this car as it was my favourite; I gave Peter a couple, and had one autographed!
It was always a pleasure to sit and chat about all sorts of things (when he had the time) he was so knowledgeable about all different subjects. I remember telling him I was a teacher and he said that was ok, I was a good guy anyway ! Great sense of humour. Peter, you will be missed more than words can say.

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VALE PETER GIDDINGS

It is an unfortunate side of this column that I sometimes have to report the passing of someone very significant who has made an impact on our sport, and the latest is Peter Giddings, well known in New Zealand for racing some absolutely beautiful historic cars. Peter, an Englishman, was a lifelong enthusiast and one of his childhood introductions to racing came when his mother took him to Guilio Ramponi's workshop in London to meet the great man. Ramponi is probably most famous for his work on Dick Seaman's Delage and Peter was thrilled in later life to own that very car, which was shown and demonstrated at the 2018 SKOPE event. Other significant cars owned by Peter included a D50 Lancia, and the Alfetta re-creation built by Jim Stokes from 70 percent original parts, and featured at the 2018 Goodwood Revival.

Peter's enthusiastic racing and car collecting will be much missed. Our condolences to his wife Judy.

(excerpt from a column by Howden Ganley in New Zealand Classic Driver, March-April 2019).

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MEMORY OF PETER

I was saddened to read of Peters’ passing and I wanted to record my only experience of a most charming and delightful man. I think my note is self explanatory.

With deepest sympathy and pleasant memories of spending a day with a true enthusiast.

I had planned for several years to send a note concerning my one and only meeting with Peter at Road Atlanta, but for various reasons never quite made the time to record my reminiscence of that day. Seeing the notice of Peter’s passing, I am moved to belatedly record a very pleasant day spent enjoying the hospitality and camaraderie of a true motorcar enthusiast and most delightful gentleman.

I’m an expat Brit living in Tennessee with a lifelong motorcar passion, my pride and joy is a 1930 Zagato, Alfa Romeo 6C and having read of a historic sportscar event at the nearest race track to my home I made arrangements to drive down with a friend to the race in the Alfa. The weather was favorable, and we had a great run down and when we arrived at the entrance gate and started the entry process we were approached by a most charming, English speaking gentleman who came over and invited us to join him on the circuit, the gates were opened, and we followed our new ‘friend’

When we arrived at his Pit Area it was apparent, we had made the acquaintance of a seriously committed vintage motorcar enthusiast, he insisted I park my Alfa adjacent to his cars and proceeded to ask me about my motorcar and my vintage experiences, he was genuinely interested and my very limited and modest history of vintage cars clearly fueled his enthusiasm. My friend and I had a most remarkable and pleasant day spent in the company of one of life’s true enthusiasts, a lovely man and an motorcar kindred spirit.

Vernon J Lowe
Loudon County, Tennessee.

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Thank you for this. If there was ever One who dedicated himself to "Pur Sang", in every endeavor, it was Peter Giddings. Although we did not come into contact often, when ever assist was requested, whether it was to find a part or question regarding a car's provenance, Peter was the "Go To" Guy. To say that He will be missed, does not come close to covering the void that he leaves. I wish You All, Happy Success in All Your Endeavors.

from Walt Carroll

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Learned today that Pete Giddings of vintage race car fame died in January 2019. Met Pete some years ago driving up to Thunderhill Raceway. While on the road, this beat up white van was towing an Alfa Romeo 8C on an open trailer. Did a double take as the possibility of a car fan towing an Alfa Romeo 8C Grand Prix car was small. We pulled into a rest stop, some time passed and that 8C on an open trailer was parked in the same rest stop. Had to go over for a look-see. Much to my shock and surprise, that Alfa Romeo 8C was the real deal. That was how a friendship was formed with Pete Giddings. Since than at every vintage race, would always stop by to see what Pete brought to race. Last time with Pete was at Laguna Seca with his Lancia D24. Later that day we spent much time together sharing stories and discussing vintage Italian race cars. These times and memories with Pete will now be cherished in special ways as Pete was special in so mnay ways.

from Bernice Loui

Bernica & Peter

 

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