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McLaren honors F1 veteran after 55 years on the team

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MONZA, Italy — McLaren is paying out tribute at the Italian Grand Prix to its longest-serving staff member, Ray ‘Tex’ Rowe, as he heads to retirement after fifty five decades with the previous champions.

The team’s Method One particular cars have Rowe’s name and length of support on the top of the chassis, in entrance of the halo head safety device.

Rowe, now 82, joined the staff started by New Zealander Bruce McLaren in 1965 as worker amount 8 after moving from Cooper to established up get the job done in a shed in the London suburb of New Malden.


McLaren Racing chief government Zak Brown spoke in a notice to staff about the record Rowe, whose nickname arrived from a enjoy of previous Western films, had aided make.

“He shared many all-nighters with Bruce himself, preparing for McLaren’s inaugural grand prix at Monaco and building our first grand prix car or truck to compete in the 1966 Method One particular championship,” reported the American.

“He cites the loss of life of Bruce in 1970 as his cheapest time at McLaren and nevertheless sees Bruce not only as the greatest driver, engineer and mechanic that at any time graced the race observe, but also anyone who touched and instilled the will to get in all people he encountered like no-a person he has met since.”

Rowe was used most lately in the transmission office, working two times a 7 days since 2007 and with his very last working day on Aug. 27.


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