Pete Lyons

Known in Britain primarily for his Autosport reports during the 1960s and 1970s from Formula 1 and North America’s Can-Am, the USA’s veteran motorsports journalist and photographer Pete Lyons has also covered such memorable classics as the Sebring 12 Hours, Le Mans 24 Hours, Indy 500, Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Kenya’s Safari Rally, Mexico’s Baja 1000 and Reno Air races, plus numerous Trans-Am, F5000, ALMS, CART, NASCAR, NHRA, USAC, motorcycle and vintage events.

A former editor of RACECAR magazine, he also has contributed to enthusiast publications including Autosport, AutoWeek, Car and Driver, Cycle, Cycle World, Motor Sport, Private Pilot, Racer, Road & Track, Vintage Racecar and current regular client Vintage Motorsport. 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.

Books by Pete Lyons