Formula One broadcaster, scribbler, writer and Goodwood grid-walking guru Henry Hope-Frost tragically lost his life in a motorbike accident on Thursday night aged 47.
Effervescent Gentleman Of Motorsport
The effervescent gentleman of motorsport gained his first break in the early 90s, where he worked for Autosport magazine, a dream position he embraced from that point onwards.
His charming presence, relaxed style and seamless flippancy soon became a benchmark for others to emulate. As a freelancing writer and broadcaster, H’s treasured skills soon became his magnetic trademark.
Boasting a list of contacts that would sit proudly in any motor racing legends notebook, Henry had a knowledge base he could tap into an any given moment. Yes, his opinions did matter and those fortunate enough to be interviewed by him listened, laughed and looked on in admiration.
Dubbed by many ‘the voice of Goodwood‘ he went about his delivery in a casual but professional way, touching the hearts of everyone in and around the motorsport world.
Social media platforms were flooded by the hashtag #fever, including tributes from across the globe following the heartbreaking news. Famous names included Damon Hill, Mario Andretti, Jenson Button and the legendary Williams Racing Team, who said: “We’re shocked to hear the terrible news about our dear friend and colleague Henry Hope-Frost. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”
Sad sad day for all ,Henry Hope Frost extraordinary loss to the world , vibrant so much knowledge and fun man .
our condolences and love to his family.Just so shocked to hear the news . RIP
— Nigel Mansell CBE (@nigelmansell) March 9, 2018
So sad that such a great man lost his life yesterday in a road accident. U could always tell how passionate Henry Hope-Frost was about motorsport when he interviewed you, it felt so natural like you were having a good old chinwag with ur closest mate. Sending love to his family
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) March 9, 2018
Utterly devastated to hear the passing of Henry Hope-Frost. He was one of the good guys who never failed to make me laugh. He made every interview feel like a casual chat as we would just chat #fever things as he would say. My thoughts are with his family and young kids. RIP pic.twitter.com/j6KZunh1xy
— M A X Chilton (@maxchilton) March 8, 2018
We’re shocked to hear the terrible news about our dear friend and colleague Henry Hope-Frost. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. 🙏 #Fever
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) March 9, 2018
— Classic Car Curation (@CCCuration) March 9, 2018
Lest we never forget the very lovable Henry Hope-Frost
A man of wit and charm – A Tweet from March 1st 2018:
I tend to agree! ❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/WyzJJbE5u7
— Henry Hope-Frost (@henryhopefrost) March 1, 2018
We can only echo the words of Nigel Mansell CBE:
“Sad sad day for all ,Henry Hope Frost extraordinary loss to the world , vibrant so much knowledge and fun man.”
Condolences and sincere best wishes go out to his wife Charlotte and three sons. The world is much less of a place without this intelligent, charming and sometimes flippant gentleman…….