Remembering Peter Giddings — 1940-2019

Danville, CA — One of vintage racing’s greatest ambassadors, Peter Giddings, passed away Sunday (Jan. 6) after a long fight with prostate cancer.
Photo: CSRG

Peter was known around the country in vintage racing circles for his mastery behind the wheel in prewar machines, most often at the front of the pack in the fast and difficult-to-drive behemoths. He raced most of the “Titan” 750kg Grand Prix cars, including the Mercedes-Benz W125; Alfa Romeo’s Monza, Tipo B and Tipo C; Bugatti 51, 35B and 59; and Maserati 8CM, not only in the U.S. but also in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, Australia and New Zealand.

Peter was not one to merely parade about in his fabulous race cars, he drove them smoothly to the max with finesse — a driving seminar for any competitor who attempted to follow in his slipstream.
Best of all, when not attending to the servicing of his machines, in the paddock he was always there to answer questions in his standup way, let excited kids into the cockpit behind the wheel for a long-lasting memory or photo, and be a good friend to his fans and competitors. Peter’s knowledge of motorsport history was enlightening, and time with him was always well spent.
Racing at the track always improved when he was on the grid, and the fence hangers always could count on a great display of driving prowess.
Peter will be greatly missed by his many friends around the world, and our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife Judy.
A memorial service is planned, details will be forthcoming and Vintage Motorsport will have a tribute to Peter in the 19.2 Mar/Apr issue.