A remarkable anniversary
In the wake of a much improved on-track performance for McLaren-Honda in Austin Texas today, perhaps it would be appropriate to draw everyone’s attention to a remarkable statistic.
On this day exactly 50 years ago, a 19-year-old technician woke up in Mexico City, nervous but excited, ready to attend his first Grand Prix in a working capacity. He had been flown out by his team, Cooper, at the 11th hour, because a local hero, Moises Solana, had done a deal whereby the team would make a fifth car available for him to drive in his home race. The 19-year-old technician would run that fifth car.
Solana’s car expired after just nine laps with an overheating Maserati engine, but the leading Cooper-Maserati, driven by the great John Surtees, won the race. And the 19-year-old technician was hooked.
What was the name of the 19-year-old technician? His name was Ron Dennis, and he was in Austin today to watch our cars record McLaren-Honda’s fourth double points finish of the 2016 season.
Happy 50th anniversary, Ron!