Motorcycle racing journalist and commentator Chris Carter has died. He was 74 and had been in poor health for some time.
A founder of Bikesport News as a newspaper, he worked for motorcycle media both at home and and abroad.
John Cooper, who visited him the day before his death, said: “Chris and I were boys in Derby and I remember asking him to do a job for me when I was delivering meat for a local butcher. We both had an interest in motorbikes through places like Osmaston manor. He went on to do many other things in media starting with MCN.”
A tribute has been paid to him by IRTA boss Mike Trimby: “He passed on to me two projects that changed my life. In 1982 he proposed to the Grand Prix riders that I should represent their interests on safety, money and a range of other problems that
were long overdue to be tackled.
“This appointment led directly to the formation in 1986 of IRTA which helped to elevate MotoGP to the level it enjoys today. Chris also dreamt up the idea of the Alexandra Palace Road Racing Show an event that grew to the largest, and I believe best, London motorcycle exhibition.”
No funeral will be held as Mr Carter expressed a wish his body should be given to science.