Do you know who this guy is, who is standing beside James Hunt, looking at him (admirably), i sure hope you do, because history remembers hero but not those who made them.
This man is Teddy Mayer, one of the original founders of McLaren F1 team.
He had an eye for true talents, he was responsible for launching the careers of James Hunt and Alain Prost, It was just unfortunate that during the time of Alain Prost, McLaren had nailed one of the greatest drivers of Formula 1 history but did not have the car to match his talents.
Teddy Mayer gave James Hunt his big break in Formula 1 after Lord Hesketh and his team of playboys and merry-makers were force to leave F1 due to financial problems. James Hunt just got married and the sudden turnaround of his life was done hoping for changes, hoping that marriage will tame him, hoping that a wife on tow would make him a more responsible man but most importantly he needed to win at least one championship title so he could prove to the people who has been talking about him that he was as good a driver as he was a playboy.
He got a wife but lost a seat and since no one believed he was a good driver and much of his fame came from all the partying, and drinking and all the going around he did, not a single team boss wanted to hire him. His reputation was tainted and the cause of his fall from everything he believed was once the only thing that mattered in life was in-fact the glitz and glamour he so adored.
This soon affected his marriage but his luck turned around because Emerson Fittipaldi, one of the greatest drivers from Brazil left McLaren to join his brother’s team. Now McLaren, at the peak of its prowess had no driver and James Hunt at his lowest of low had no seat. Hunt’s brother managed to arrange a meeting between Hunt and Mayer, and even with the fact that not everyone was in agreement of hiring him, Mayer decided to give it a go. There was nothing to loose, but there were chances that something could change along the way.
The driver to beat at that time was Niki Lauda of Ferrari, he was fast, he was furious and he was at the crest of his dominance in Formula 1. While it did not annoy Hunt as much, he accepted the challenge to beat Lauda and beat Lauda he did following the Austrian’s near-fatal crash at Nurbugring.
At Suzuka that year, Hunt was seen shouting and cursing Mayer because he thought he had lost in the penultimate race of the season because Mayer failed to tell him that the results has favoured Hunt and he was the title champion of 1976. It wasn’t Mayer’s fault to start with, the disorientation in the board left everyone confused, and Mayer told Hunt exactly what was demonstrated on the board.
In 1980, Alain Prost tested for McLaren and the moment Prost took the car, Mayer was seen running from the pits, off he went to find his briefcase and that was the first and only time anyone saw the McLaren team boss in such a chaos. He came back with a contract in hand, an express signing was done there and then. It was something that has never been done before; Alain Prost was secured, the first ever rookie to be signed on his first test with such a reputable outfit.
Mayer immediately knew what he saw, he recognised the talents that was Alain Prost and he knew that he had to sign him or else he would have missed the opportunity. Although Prost left at the end of the season, Mayer was never wrong. That man he saw for the very first time in his flagship, went on to win 4 championship titles. Just like what Enzo Ferrari saw in Gilles Villeneuve and Ron Dennis saw in Lewis Hamilton, they are the giants of Formula 1, men that we should never forget even with the arrivals of F1’s supermodels like ‘Jules Bianchi’s or ‘Max Chilton’s’. Give credit where its due, and this man not only created one of the most reputable flagships of Formula 1, he created men who we will never forget. They are the reason why this sport is still alive and kicking. They started a culture that continued to live. A culture that was continued by the legacies of Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, James Hunt, Lewis Hamilton, and many more. See how many champions came out of McLaren’s vault? Countless.
Thank you Teddy Mayer, the most good looking man on the grid back in the days. Humble and beautiful, his face brings so much joy to the beholder. A small and ferocious man of the Formula 1 sport.
Lupita was recently named the most beautiful by People’s Magazine, and some of their readers expressed their dissatisfaction with this decision in the comment section. One reader even commented that Lupita didn’t deserve this title because she’s 100% black(she finds women unattractive if they’re 100% black). These comments made me think of the brilliant post made by radicalrebellion:
White women (non-black women of color included in this as well) become offended and angry when a black woman (especially a dark skinned black woman like Lupita) is depicted as beautiful and worthy of appreciation because it jeopardizes their position as the epitome of beauty and womanhood. Black women are viewed as the antithesis of White beauty and womanhood, these white women are completely apathetic and silent when dark skinned Black women are portrayed as “ugly” and “unlovable” by the mainstream media because they benefit from this oppression. That’s why you never see white supermodels discussing racism and colorism in the fashion industry. However, these readers wouldn’t complain if it were light skinned black women like Halle Berry, Beyonce, or Rihanna (we all know why, hint: colorism). Anyway, congratulations to the ***flawless Lupita for being named the most beautiful!
This shit enrages me. Lupita is an epically beautiful woman through and through.