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Fascinating film that celebrates the life of F1 legend Bruce McLaren

By Stefano on February 1st, 2013

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

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Great pictures from The Golden Age of Formula One – the 60s and 70s

By Stefano on December 17th, 2012

So F1 fans chin up! The new season starts four months today in Australia. Time will fly by. So to help fill the void in your life caused by lack of racing here is a quick trip back to the golden early days of Formula One in the 60s and 70s.

In some ways it is a bitter sweet journey for many of the stars of these images met awful premature deaths. You look at Jim Clark winning the US Grand Prix in  1967 knowing that a few months later his life would be claimed by a tree at the notorious German Hockenheimring circuit. Then there’s the fresh faced Jochen Rindt, the man many predicted would dominate F1 in the 70s who lost his life while practising for the Italian Grand Prix in 1970. He was just 28 years old.

I am also reminded of the really stupid deaths like that of British driver Thomas Pryce who was killed after a collision with a marshal who stepped on to the track at the 1977 South African Grand Prix.

Heaven knows what kind of impact these deaths must have had on the other drivers. And spurred on by a public, who were now getting sick of seeing images of grieving girlfriends with tear-filled eyes tucked behind their shades and the staff of constructors teams with ever more furrowed brows, Jackie Stewart and other drivers embarked on a long journey to make the sport a safe one.

In spite of the tragedies though,there is something incredibly glamorous about F1 in the 60s and 70s. Maybe it is clothes, the hair (or the sideburns as a certain person got bang on here), the curved shape of the cars or the stunning backdrops of circuits like Monaco (when they weren’t only a quick and cheap Easyjet flight away), but it just seemed way more sophisticated, elegant and classy back then.

Much of that elan was captured in the 1966 John Frankenheimer-directed film Grand Prix in which an American driver played by James Garner battles it out with French counterpart Yves Montand . The film wast a staple on TV in the 70s and 80s but doesn’t get screened as much now. It is worth watching for a gripping story line, some gorgeous photography and the cameo appearance of French singer and style icon Francoise Hardy.

So enjoy these images and let’s celebrate the all too brief lives of some of F1′s true giants.

Pics from PA

Steve McQueen at the Monaco Grand Prix

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Actress actor Steve McQueen and his wife Nellie are seen in front of a poster advertising the Monaco grand prix automobile race of Sunday in Monaco May 29, 1965. McQueen arrived in Monaco to watch the car race and to look for location for his next film to deal with races.

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