Pete Lyons

Big Bear City CA

Pete began his career reporting on the North American scene for the British magazine Autosport, regularly attending great events like the Daytona 24-hour and 500-mile races, the Sebring 12-hour, the Indy 500, and the annual Formula One Grands Prix in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. A special favorite was the Can-Am and those glorious years are the basis for two of Pete’s books, CAN-AM and CAN-AM PHOTO HISTORY… Pete then went international, and spent four years as the F1 correspondent for both Autosport and AutoWeek… After several years as editor of the US racing monthly, which at first was called Formula and later renamed Racecar, Pete chose to become a freelancer once again. Today he contributes to a wide variety of automotive publications. Here are excerpts from his profile at, his Dorset, UK, publisher:

“The author of 15 books published to date, with more underway, Lyons has won several prestigious honours, including the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award (twice) and the International Motor Press Association’s Ken Purdy Award. In 2011 he gained the International Automotive Media Award for Lifetime Achievement.

“Along with his most recent books, Riverside International Raceway and Fast Lines, plus his annual Can-Am calendar, the extensive archive of racing photography by Pete and his late father, Ozzie Lyons, can be seen at

“Married since 1983 to Lorna Fitts Lyons, herself a former racing official and magazine editor, Pete lives in southern California.”

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