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Allan McCall

Allan McCall. Copyright, Kathy Cole, 2017. Used with Permission.

Allan McCall. Copyright, Kathy Cole, 2017. Used with Permission.

Born:

1941
Auckland

Died:

19 Feb 2017
Auckland

Nationality:

New Zealand

Teams:

Tecno (1973)

Ex-McLaren engineer who was also behind the Tui cars. Allan came to the UK in 1963, as a young 22 year old, to get into racing, and like so many others, he found his way in by being a racing mechanic. He worked for Lotus on their Indianapolis 500 efforts as a mechanic for Jim Clark, but also worked on Clark's Lotus Cortina in the British Touring Car Championship. McCall then also worked with Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren in the latter's Can-Am team. He set up his very neat and capable Tui designs, with the cars appearing in Formula 2, Formula 3, Formula Atlantic, Formula Pacific and Super Vee. However the death of Bert Hawthorne in one of his cars at Hockenheim in 1972 was a crushing blow. He later worked for Middlebridge Racing in Formula 3000 as David Brabham's race engineer in the 1980's and remained involved with the sport as an independent design consultant. In 2016, Allan won a Historic Heritage award from New Zealand's motorsport governing body. Allan died in 2017 after complications from heart surgery.

Biography last updated 27 Feb 2017