Tim Mayer and his elder brother Teddy ran a Formula Junior team together with another brilliant youngster called Peter Revson. Mayer won the 1962 SCCA Formula Junior title in a Cooper and at the end of the year was given his chance to race a third factory Cooper in the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. In 1963 the brothers headed to Europe where Tim drove for Ken Tyrrell Racing and at the end of the year he was signed to be Bruce McLaren’s team mate in the 1964 World Championship. Before the World Championship began the pair took part in the new Tasman Cup series in Australian and New Zealand. Mayer finished second to Denny Hulme in the first event at Levin and a week later chased McLaren across the line to finish third in the New Zealand GP at Pukekohe. Finishing second to McLaren at Teretonga underlined his abilities.
A month later, in practice for the final round of the Tasman series at Longford in Tasmania, he went off at high speed in the braking area for Longford Corner, where the cars went light over a slight rise, and crashed into one of the trees beside the road. He was killed instantly. A distraught Teddy decided to continue in racing and became the force behind Team McLaren, running the business after McLaren’s death in 1970 and winning World Championships with Emerson Fittipaldi in 1974 and James Hunt in 1976.
Born: 22nd of February 1938 in Dalton, USA;
Died: 28th of February 1964 at the Longford Circuit, Tasmania, Australia.