What Could Have Been - Bruce McLaren
Enzo Ferrari had the charisma to engage a fanatical following around the world, Colin Chapman had the ‘smarts’ to build race cars that turned a profit and Jack Brabham had the courage of his convictions to race his own machines to victory. Bruce McLaren was all three and then some, which makes it even more tragic that he was killed at just 32.
At just 32 years old New Zealander Bruce McLaren died in a violent crash. But his craft behind the wheel as well as the drawing board left a lasting legacy.
St. Mary’s is a fast left. A moment to exhale before swinging right for the sharp Lavant Corner, then opening up wide, winding out the steering wheel into Goodwood Circuit’s longest straight.
A race car will quickly get up to 250km/h on this part of the short track before braking for the final, second fastest turn, the double-apex Woodcote.
The orange M8D Can-Am car burst through the humid air of that summer afternoon, its silicone-aluminium 7.6-litre V8 breaking the calm of the Sussex countryside. [To be continued...]
Bruce McLaren: The Man Behind the Legacy
During the 1960’s Formula One was in a turf war between the British and the European teams, namely Ferrari. In the midst of this, a young Bruce McLaren from New Zealand changed the game forever, but not before it cost him his life.
St. Mary’s corner at the Goodwood race track in Southern England is a fast left before swinging right for the sharp Lavant Corner. A race car will do 250km/h before braking for the double-apex Woodcote.
The 7.6-litre V8 from the orange McLaren M8D Can-Am car burst through the humid air of that summer afternoon of June 2, 1970 on a private test day. Thirty two-year old Bruce McLaren was at the wheel when all went quiet. [To be continued...]