Our deepest condolences to friends and family of one of McLaren’s founder, Tyler Alexander. Alexander was key individual in the forming of McLaren.
McLaren boss Ron Dennis shared his thoughts in this tribute to a remarkable man in motorsport:
“Alongside Bruce McLaren, who founded the McLaren company in 1963, Tyler Alexander was one of the first pillars of our company, working hard alongside Bruce from the very earliest days.
“Bruce couldn’t have asked for a sturdier pair of shoulders upon which to help build the team’s reputation.
“Tyler’s expert yet practical expertise, coupled with his energetic and optimistic attitude, topped off by his infectiously dry and satirical sense of humour, made him both highly successful and hugely popular, whether he was overseeing car-builds in the team’s workshop, running race-winning CanAm and Indy 500 crews, or working with some of the world’s greatest drivers and engineers in Formula 1.
“Quite simply, Tyler lived and breathed McLaren – and, following his retirement in late 2008, during which season he attended every grand prix and played an important part in securing the team’s and Lewis Hamilton’s world championship success, he remained a much loved and greatly valued chum to many of us, regularly visiting our Woking factory to catch up with pals old and new.
“Tyler’s was a friendship that you could really rely upon; he was a man who would never let you down.
“In fact, Tyler was one of the finest of the old school: hardy, humble and wise, leaving a reputation and a legacy that will remain indelible in the history of international motorsport.
“So, on behalf of all at McLaren, I’d like to pay heartfelt tribute to one of our team’s founding fathers, and to offer our deepest condolences to his many friends and his ever-loving companion, Jane Nottage, who has always stood by him, valiant to the very end.”
There is a a terrific obituary at McLaren’s website here that gives a wonderful history of Alexander’s presence and impact in Formula 1.
Hat Tip: McLaren