McLaren Team founder dies, aged 73
Teddy Mayer, former McLaren Team Principal, sadly passed away on Friday 30th January at the age of 73.
Mayer was there with Bruce McLaren at the team`s founding in 1963. Following McLaren`s demise, he took over as Team Principal in 1970 and guided Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt to championship wins in 1974 and 1976 respectively.
The McLaren team and Ron Dennis` Project Four structure merged in 1980; Dennis took over as team boss in 1982.
Ron Dennis has paid the following tribute to Teddy Mayer:
"Teddy was one of motor racing`s few truly great men. As far as I and all at McLaren are concerned, he has particular importance, on account of the fact that in 1963 he was part of the very small team of talented enthusiasts who, alongside Bruce McLaren, founded Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd."
"Bruce died tragically young in 1970, having won Grands Prix but no World Championships with his fledgling team, but when I bought into the team in 1980 Teddy had built on the foundations laid by Bruce, Tyler Alexander and himself and had already achieved a lot – two Formula 1 World Championships with Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt, as well as huge success in the States."
"Those fantastic cars – the magnificent McLaren CanAm cars driven by Denny Hulme and Bruce himself and the superb McLaren CART cars driven by guys like Johnny Rutherford, as well as James` and Emerson`s iconic McLaren M23 Formula 1 cars – grace the boulevard reception area of the McLaren Technology Centre today."
"In 1982 Teddy sold his shares in McLaren, and I`m glad to say we`ve continued to be successful and to win World Championships, ever since. But the origins of our many and ongoing successes are with Bruce and Teddy."
"So I would like to pay tribute to Teddy`s enormously valuable contribution, and to his immortal legacy, and to extend the sympathies of all at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes to his family and many friends at this very sad time."
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