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McLaren's 50-year film trilogy

By James Cleary, 04 Feb 2013 Features

MOTOR magazine, McLaren 50 years, Bruce McLaren, Bruce McLaren film

A 26-year-old Bruce McLaren founded his new company, Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd, in a small south London lock-up on September 2, 1963, and tragically, only seven years later, the Kiwi racing ace was killed testing one of his M8D Can-Am sportscars at the Goodwood circuit, in the south of England.

A 26-year-old Bruce McLaren founded his new company, Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd, in a small south London lock-up on September 2, 1963, and tragically, only seven years later, the Kiwi racing ace was killed testing one of his M8D Can-Am sportscars at the Goodwood circuit, in the south of England.

Since McLaren’s death, the company he started has become a global household name in Formula 1 racing, with world champs Fittipaldi, Hunt, Lauda, Prost, Senna, Hakkinen and Hamilton winning titles with the team.

As well, continuing success in sportscar, Can-Am and Indycar racing, plus an incredible run of exotic road cars, has positioned McLaren Automotive as a significant force in the broader automotive world.

As part of its 50-year celebrations, McLaren has commissioned production of the three short films; part one of the heritage trilogy, directed by Swedish music-video maker Marcus Soderlund in his trademark, dreamlike style, following the ghost of Bruce McLaren as he retraces the scene of his Goodwood crash.