Former McLaren Race Team Manager, Phil Kerr visits SimDeck

This week I was privileged to have none other than best selling author and former Joint Managing Director and Formula One Team Director at McLaren Racing, and F1 Constructor Association negotiator, Phil Kerr visit here at SimDeck HQ.

In Formula One there are typically two influential groups of people, the drivers and those who manage the companies that employ the drivers and build the cars. Phil is from the later group who in his extensive career with Formula One, along with Max Mosely and Bernie Ecclestone created the Formula Motorsports series the world knows today.

His early work along with his best friend Bruce McLaren, created the McLaren Race team, that in later years went onto be the team that saw Lewis Hamilton win the 2008 Formula One Championship.

So as you can see, this was not just any visitor, but a fellow countryman who is probably the most influential Kiwi in the history of Formula One Management.

If you are looking for a book to read this summer, you simply must get a copy of Phil’s autobiography. It is a fascinating story of enduring friendships, trust, managing adversity, wheeling and dealing at an international level, business development ….. oh and I should say, managing petty officials!

Inside the Golden Years of Motor Racing
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Perfect Christmas reading for business owners, those wanting inspiration to find and follow their dreams and a fascinating story in motorsports history.

For three weeks it was the highest selling book on Amazon in the UK!!!

Once upon a time……. The departure of Phil’s best friend, Bruce McLaren on a flight to London in March 1958 from an airfield, 10 minutes from SimDeck HQ, was the beginning of a career, that neither Phil nor Bruce could imagine in their wildest dreams, or the influence they would both have in the annuals of Formula One and motorsports history.

It was Bruce McLaren’s tragic death on this Goodwood circuit in 1970 that would inhindsight be the turning point that would eventually lead to Phil’s departure from Formula One, McLaren Race Team and the UK in Dec 1975.

An era that started in the early 50’s here in Auckland drew to a close as he boarded the plane at Heathrow and reflected on an incredible successful journey and headed for the land of the long white cloud.

Phil Kerr will be guest speaker at the Auckland ICT Cluster December function, where I will have the distinquished pleasure of interviewing Phil on some poignant career moments, plus we will have the SimDeck Formula Simulators.
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Massey University, e-centre, Gate 5, Oaklands Road, Albany, Auckland.