Remembering Phil Kerr
We are very saddened to hear of the death of Phil Kerr.
Ron Dennis said:
"Speaking on behalf of all at McLaren, I am very sorry to hear the news that Phil Kerr has passed away.
"Phil was a McLaren stalwart from the company's very earliest days, having met Bruce McLaren in the early 1950s when the they were both racing Austin Sevens in their native New Zealand.
"In 1959 Jack Brabham invited Phil to come and work for him in England - a Formula 1 career path that I myself would also follow in my late teens a few years later.
"At Brabhams, Phil and Denny Hulme, one of the greatest Kiwi racers of all time, became good friends - and, after Denny had won the world championship for Jack's team in 1967, he and Phil decided to move together to McLaren to rejoin Bruce.
"From then on Phil was an inspirational force for good, helping Bruce and Denny establish McLaren as a successful going concern.
"Now, decades later, the 3000 people who make up McLaren therefore owe Phil a debt of gratitude. On behalf of us all, I consequently extend heartfelt sympathy to his family and many friends. May he rest in peace."