Gordon Murray CBE
Growing up in South Africa, Gordon Murray CBE designed, built and raced his own sports car (the IGM Ford) in the National Class in 1967 and 1968. The following year, he moved to the UK and joined the Brabham Formula One Team as Technical Director, winning two world championships (1981 and 1983) in his 17 years with the team.
In 1988, Gordon became Technical Director of McLaren Racing and three consecutive championship wins (1988, 1989 and 1990) followed. After an impressive 50 Grand Prix wins, in 1990 he moved away from Formula One to establish McLaren Cars Limited. The company’s first project, the F1 Road Car is still regarded as the world’s best-engineered car. A racing version won two world sports car championships and the Le Mans 24-hour race on its first attempt in 1995.
Leaving McLaren in 2005, he established a new company, Gordon Murray Design, and developed the innovative and disruptive automotive manufacturing technology, iStream®. Now, the process is fully industrialised and represents the first major step change in automotive manufacturing in 100 plus years.
Working with charity the Global Vehicle Trust, Gordon launched the world’s first ‘flat-pack’ truck, the OX, in 2016, and it looks set to transform transport in the developing world. In 2019, he was awarded a CBE in recognition for his services to motoring in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2019.
The accolade is in recognition for his ‘services to motoring’ after a career devising and delivering creative and groundbreaking road and racing cars.
Murray said: ‘It is extremely humbling to receive a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours. I’ve spent more than 50 years doing what I love, working with a wealth of highly talented and creative people around the world, but primarily in the UK. From competing during the heyday of Formula One, to designing the world’s fastest supercar, I’ve loved every minute. I’d like to dedicate this honour to all those I’ve worked with over the years and I look forward to an exciting new future for the Gordon Murray Group.’
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