May 23, 2024

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McLaren honors F1 veteran after 55 years on the team

MONZA, Italy — McLaren is spending tribute at the Italian Grand Prix to its longest-serving crew member, Ray ‘Tex’ Rowe, as he heads to retirement right after fifty five a long time with the former champions.

The team’s System A single automobiles have Rowe’s name and length of company on the major of the chassis, in entrance of the halo head protection machine.

Rowe, now 82, joined the crew launched by New Zealander Bruce McLaren in 1965 as employee quantity eight right after going from Cooper to established up work in a lose in the London suburb of New Malden.


McLaren Racing chief executive Zak Brown spoke in a note to staff members about the history Rowe, whose nickname arrived from a love of outdated Western movies, had helped build.

“He shared numerous all-nighters with Bruce himself, preparing for McLaren’s inaugural grand prix at Monaco and building our very first grand prix automobile to contend in the 1966 System A single championship,” explained the American.

“He cites the dying of Bruce in 1970 as his least expensive time at McLaren and nevertheless sees Bruce not only as the biggest driver, engineer and mechanic that ever graced the race observe, but also a person who touched and instilled the will to win in every person he encountered like no-one he has achieved considering the fact that.”

Rowe was employed most a short while ago in the transmission section, operating two times a week considering the fact that 2007 and with his previous working day on Aug. 27.