- Gordon Murray in Queen Elizabeth’s Honours List
- 50 years of automotive design gets royal recognition
- 20 years in F1 and designing the McLaren F1
LONDON, England – Automotive designer and engineer (now professor) Gordon Murray has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth’s 2019 New Year Honours list.
”The accolade,” The Corner was told, ”recognises his services to motoring during his lifetime of devising and delivering creative and ground-breaking projects for motorsport and automotive sectors.”
Murray said: “It is extremely humbling to receive a CBE. I’ve spent more than 50 years doing what I love, working with highly-talented and creative people around the world, but primarily in the UK.
”I’ve loved every minute. I’d like to dedicate this honour to all those I’ve worked with over the years and from competing during the heyday of Formula 1 to designing the world’s fastest supercar. I’d like to dedicate this honour to all those with whom I have worked and I look forward to an exciting future for the Gordon Murray Group.”
Murray designed his first car in 1967 then joined the Brabham F1 team as technical director and won World championships (1981 and 1983) before moving to McLaren as technical director. Since 1988 that team has won three championships (1988, 1989, 1990).
After 50 F1 GP wins he went on to establish McLaren Cars whose first project was the creation of the McLaren F1 road car, of which a racing version won two World Sport Car championships and the Le Mans 24-Hour (1995). He also guided several other successful road-car projects, culminating with the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
Two years later he formed a new British company to design, engineer, and prototype vehicles – Gordon Murray Design, now an English company said to have a global reputation as one of the world’s finest automotive designers.