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Tyler Alexan­der ISBN-13: 978-1935007-21-0 RRP: £35

It is rare that one per­son lasts more than four decades in mo­tor­sport, and even more scarce that the ma­jor­ity of that is spent with one team or out­fit.

But then Tyler Alexan­der is a rare man, as pointed out by Bernie Ec­cle­stone in his fore­word to this mighty tome.

Alexan­der has been at the very epi­cen­tre of Mclaren through its for­ma­tive stages right up to 2009. His re­call is im­pres­sive, but it is the smaller de­tail that is the most in­ter­est­ing of all.

There is cov­er­age of the me­chan­i­cal de­vel­op­ments at Mclaren along­side per­sonal sto­ries and re­veal­ing in­sights. Talk­ing of the highly suc­cess­ful (first) part­ner­ship with Honda, Alexan­der says: “There were a few peo­ple at Mclaren who didn’t get on with the Honda peo­ple.”

It is lit­tle snip­pets like that which just en­cour­age you to read on. And as for the ob­ser­va­tions on Nigel Mansell…

There are also com­ments from some of the big­gest names in the sport, from Mario An­dretti to Jackie Ste­wart, which break up the nar­ra­tive and add in­sight. MJ

Tyler Alexan­der: A life and times with Mclaren

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