When we think of the legendary names of Formula One, it is nearly always the drivers we remember. It is unusual for a chief designer's name to stick in our consciousness. Especially once they've left the sport. That many of us know the name Gordon Murray just illustrates the impact of his work.
Born in 1946 to Scottish immigrants in Durban, South Africa, Murray studied mechanical engineering at Durban University of Technology - named Natal Technical College at the time. Like his father, he built and raced himself. He campaigned an IGM Ford in the South African National Class in 1967 and 68. He moved to England in 1969 in hopes of working for Lotus. Instead, he had a chance meeting with Ron Tauranac, the Brabham owner and designer at the time, who offered Murray a job.