I am very intrigued to know where in New Malden this very first base for McLaren was located, as I was raised in that outer London suburb; The story so far is:-
Now this is probably going to be embarrassing.
I have finally read the Ganley article in 'Motorsport' which was enjoyable and interesting as usual. But in the midst of it is a mention that McLaren started in New Malden in 1964. I was shocked to read this, as I had never heard this before, and because at the time I was a spotty teenage oik living in.... New Malden. How could I have not known this? I did a search on TNF and can find no mention of New Malden, nor could I find much through Google. It is mentioned in Wikipedia, but despite that, I am sure it is true.
Can anyone tell me where in New Malden the team was originally based?
It now appears that, after years of not supporting any one team, I will now have to become a McLarenista.
In "It beats working", Eoin Young just describes it as "the motor racing equivalent of a biblical stable" and that it was adjacent to "a road grader in a dusty, high-roofed building" somewhere near the (Kingston) bypass. I don't know if that vague snippet allied to your local knowledge gets you any nearer.
Somewhere I have some early '70s publicity brochures for the team - if I can find them I'll see if they cover any history.
In DCN's McLaren history the New Malden facility is described as 'a dirt-floored shed shared with an earth-mover servicing outlet in New Malden'. They weren't there long; Bruce rented the shed in early 1964, probably March, and by August they were operating out of far more salubrious premises in Feltham.
Ah, I feel a bit better if it isn't a well-known fact that only I had missed!
I do not recall any earth moving servicing outlets in NM. It isn't a very industrial area, more a dormitory suburb for commuters. And today, it is Little Seoul. Most of NM is close to the Kingston By-Pass which loops around it. The area that it might be is between Blagdon and Burlington Roads which used to have scrap yards and such. If it was there, it makes it worse for me as I went along Blagdon Road twice a day to and from school without knowing that McLaren were there! Grateful for any more detail!
I quizzed my aged, but still very lucid, mother about this as she still lives in New Malden and has been there since 1955. She was at a loss, but she did mention 'Ma Banks' who apparently had a building supplies yard in Blagdon Road. Mum said that we used to get sand and gravel etc from Ma Banks, so it might be possible that she also had earth moving equipment. That part of New Malden has long since been cleaned up and turned partly into a park, and partly built up.
What we need is an addition to Google Maps 'street view" whereby one can select the date...!
(I'll get my coat...)
If anyone can help on this, it will allow me to sleep & eat again, the worry being too much for me at the moment!