“I’ve been an avid follower of motor racing from very early days. I was a sort of self-taught mechanic. I read all the books I could get hold of and knew how they worked. If you know how they work you’ve got a fairly good chance of being able to fix them.”
He graduated from the University of Canterbury with a degree in organic chemistry, a branch of science that particularly appealed because “it’s like building blocks.” Bruce Wilson, owner of Wilson Motors in Hunterville, noted the young man’s mechanical abilities and offered him a job. With his studies over, Bruce Harré decided it was time to do what he wanted, and accepted.
He became good friends with Chris Amon, and late in 1963 Chris said, “I’m going to book tickets to go back to England. Are you coming too?” Bruce had applied for a job in Shell’s agrichemicals division but hadn’t heard anything, so the answer was “yes.”
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