Sir Clive Bossom, Bt,  MP and motor sportsman – obituary

Sir Clive Bossom behind the wheel
Sir Clive Bossom behind the wheel Credit: RAC collection

Sir Clive Bossom,  2nd Bt, who has died aged 99, was a Conservative MP and keen motor sportsman who endured three torrid years as chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, and tried to steer Formula One racing through a damaging period of discord.

Politically, Bossom followed in the steps of his socialite father Sir Alfred, who designed some of America’s early skyscrapers before entering Parliament; Churchill observed of his surname that it was “neither one thing nor the other”. Taxes forced Sir Clive to give up both his childhood home in Carlton Gardens and his father’s 14th-century house near Maidstone.

Bossom owned a 1902 Beaufort which he drove in the annual London to Brighton run. He was one of the first to buy a motor scooter, when the Suez crisis brought petrol rationing. Throughout his 15 years at Westminster he pressed for better driver training, and from 1972 to 1988 he chaired Europ-Assistance....


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