From Paddock to Podium
It’s a long way from New Plymouth in Taranaki to the outskirts of Ripley in Surrey, south-west of London, and a move from being a qualified mechanic in New Plymouth to working in a timber yard in Surrey hardly seems a great career move.
owever, it was no ordinary timber yard – it was the home of the Tyrrell Racing Organisation, and Max Rutherford was to leave there as joint chief mechanic on the cars driven by Jackie Stewart when he won the first of this three Formula One World Championships and Matra won its first Formula One Constructors’ crown. Max subsequently recorded his part in it all in his autobiography, Paddock to Podium.
It wasn’t a direct route from New Plymouth to Surrey; anything but direct, in fact. It all started when a group of young Taranaki men decided to do the Kiwi OE. Even the account of the voyage to England is entertaining, as you would expect with six young wide-eyed Kiwi males heading off on their first overseas adventure.
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