Wally Willmott and Bruce McLaren and Eoin Young in 1962.
This is the start of McLaren Racing. Patty McLaren was also part of this team.
I am going to start a thread on Wally Willmott, the first employee of Bruce McLaren Racing. I hope the forum members will enjoy seeing the friends of Wally and hearing the different stories of what it was like in the day to be on a Formula One Team and what it was like in the beginning to be a part of Bruce McLaren Racing.
Wally Willmott will now explain this photo:
"Bruce McLaren and myself and Eoin Young at the Perth Service station.
You can see that we have used masking tape to cover all the leading edges of the car owing to the fact that the race track had just recently been surfaced with crushed gravel held in place with Tar (as was the norm on Roads in the area). Unfortunately the very hot sun melted the tar and flying sharp stones where a menace.The tow car and trailer was supplied by the same BMC dealer that owned the mini. The car was entered by Bruce McLaren and that was Bruce McLaren, Patty, Eoin Young and myself, the first race win of a group that was to become McLaren Racing."
Wally explains this car here: " Bruce was there to run in the Australian GP in a Cooper Tasman car built by Harry Pearce and myself out of a car Tommy Atkins had intended to run in the non championship F1 races. The Coventry Climax motor he had ordered never showed up and Tommy was at a loss as to what to do with the car. Bruce wanted to run the Tasman Series and did a deal with him, and Harry and I fitted a 4 cyl 2.5 lt Climax.
We won this race in December went on to NZ then back to Australia in February and won the following years Australian GP and the Tasman series of that year.
photo Wally Willmott collection.
Edited by Jerry Entin, 20 December 2012 - 22:00.