Hulme, Denny

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Denny Hulme’s father Clive was a World War II hero who won the Victoria Cross for bravery as a sniper in a bloody battle on the island of Crete. On his return home, to Te Puke on New Zealand’s North Island, Clive operated a small farm and a trucking business. Denny, born on June 18, 1936, learned to drive a truck while sitting on his father’s lap and by the age of six was driving solo. As a youngster he preferred trout fishing, hunting or working on his father’s trucks. At 17 he left school and became a mechanic and a driver, hauling cargo over long distances on New Zealand’s winding roads. On these journeys he whiled away the hours with reveries of racing, imagining that he was Stirling Moss or another of the European stars he had seen racing in New Zealand’s Tasman Series.

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