I must admit that I didn’t know too much about Brice McLaren – the man who founded the Formula One racing team.
It turns out that he was not British, as I’d always thought, but a Kiwi, and that he was a very successful driver before starting the iconic F1 team.
But it was the team that bears his name that is a testament to the guy’s ability to analyse, problem solve and then engineer amazing cars
Sadly McLaren died in 1970 when the Can-Am car he had been testing crashed at the Goodwood Circuit. Apparently he had been testing his new M8D when the rear bodywork came adrift at speed. The loss of aerodynamic downforce destabilized the car, which spun, left the track and hit a bunker used as a flag station.
It makes me shudder to think how many drivers died at the time – he was just 32.
Anyhow to celebrate his life McLaren has commissioned a trilogy of brand films, named ‘McLaren 50 – Courage’, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the McLaren marque.
The films are directed by Marcus Söderlund, a leading music-video maker from Sweden, and in this one the opening sequence follows the ghost of founder Bruce McLaren as he retraces the scene of his accident at the Goodwood circuit in 1970.
For more sad, but inspirational tales from the golden age of F1 go here.
Pic from Wikipedia