Bruce McLaren: From the cockpit
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By Bruce McLaren
- Overcoming childhood illness: a rare disease stopped Bruce walking for two years and meant long spells in hospital.
- Early competition in New Zealand with a modified Austin Seven.
- The recipient of New Zealand’s first ‘Driver to Europe’ scheme, his results in his first season away from home included fifth place in the 1958 German Grand Prix with a works Cooper.
- McLaren became the youngest Grand Prix winner in the 1959 United States GP for Cooper, as team-mate to Jack Brabham in the year the Australian won his first World Championship title.
- The ups and downs of his life in Formula 1 up to the end of 1963, from winning at Monaco in 1962 to crashing at the Nürburgring and ending up in hospital – where the idea for this book was born.
- The story concludes with the formation of his own team, initially to run modified Cooper chassis, and Bruce’s emotional victory in the 1964 New Zealand Grand Prix.
- UK price: £19.99
- ISBN: 978-1-910505-14-4
- Format: 197x130mm
- Page extent: 280pp
- Illustration: 24 photographs
Although Bruce McLaren died tragically early, aged only 32, in a testing accident at Goodwood in 1970, his legacy lives on in the mighty McLaren Formula 1 team that he founded. To date, the McLaren team’s tally of Formula 1 Grand Prix wins is 182, of which four were achieved in Bruce’s lifetime, the first with Bruce at the wheel. As a driver Bruce’s other successes included winning the Le Mans 24 Hours (1966) and twice becoming champion in Can-Am (1967 and 1969), the spectacular sports-car series that his cars dominated for five years.