To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one’s ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone

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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...]

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