McLaren Stalwart, Kiwi Phil Kerr
New Zealander Phil Kerr, an instrumental figure in the formative years of McLaren, has died in Auckland aged 80.
Born in Auckland in 1934, the Kiwi became friends with Bruce McLaren when competing in hillclimb events in New Zealand.
After managing Sir Jack Brabham’s garage in London, the Kiwi moved to McLaren in 1967 following Denny Hulme’s Formula 1 World Championship win.
Kerr played a strong role in helping the concern after Bruce McLaren died in 1970.
“Speaking on behalf of all at McLaren, I am very sorry to hear the news that Phil Kerr has passed away”, said Ron Dennis, McLaren chief.
“Phil was a McLaren stalwart from the company’s very earliest days, having met Bruce McLaren in the early 1950s when they were both racing Austin Sevens in their native New Zealand.”
After moving to McLaren “Phil was an inspirational force for good, helping Bruce and Denny establish McLaren as a successful going concern,” said Dennis.
“Now, decades later, the 3000 people who make up McLaren therefore owe Phil a debt of gratitude. On behalf of us all, I consequently extend heartfelt sympathy to his family and many friends. May he rest in peace.”
Article Source: Speedcafe, August 22, 2015.
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