McLaren at 50

Classic Driver - - EOIN YOUNG’S DIARY -

Bruce McLaren was 26 when he started his of­fi­cial rac­ing team on Septem­ber 2, 1963. The first team work­shop base was a ghastly lit­tle shed shared with road graders and equip­ment.

Wal Will­mott re­mem­bers work­ing in the ‘The Shed’ at New Malden which was all we could af­ford to rent be­fore Bruce started scor­ing prize money.

“That was where we cut up the Zerex-Cooper and re­pow­ered it with the Oldsmo­bile V8. We had done Oul­ton Park and Sil­vers­tone with a 4-cylin­der 2.7-litre Coventry-Cli­max.”

The no­to­ri­ous grader shed that was the first McLaren work­shop (briefly) back in 1963.

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