A documentary film based on the man who put McLaren on the map, Bruce McLaren, will release this year. A slight sneak peek through this trailer gives an idea that Director Roger Donaldson has indeed brought his magic of storytelling on screen yet again. Donaldson also directed 'The World's Fastest Indian', which has been one of the greatest films based on real life stories. The movie 'McLaren' showcases Bruce McLaren's unfazed determination towards bringing his motor racing dreams to reality. As a child, McLaren suffered from Perthes Disease, however against all odds, he not only walked again but was also was the youngest ever to win a Formula One World Championship. The historic event took place at the United States Grand Prix.
McLaren even attracted the attention of Henry Ford who, in order to win the 24-hour Le Mans race, wanted Bruce and his compatriot Chris Amon to work on the Ford GT40 and drive it in the race. The two agreed, and a picture of Bruce McLaren, Henry Ford and Chris Amon on Le Mans' winners’ podium still hangs at Ford Headquarters in Michigan.
Team McLaren was formed in 1964 and was one of the most successful teams in motor sport with victories in the Tasman Series, Formula One, Indianapolis 500, Le Mans and Can Am racing series.
Bruce McLaren had a short life, but a life lived to the maximum. He had been racing sports cars since his college days. At age 20 in 1957, he entered the New Zealand Grand Prix and began his cosmic ascent to motorsport stardom. However, at age 32, McLaren was killed in an accident while testing a Can Am car. His demise, however, was only the beginning of many, many more victories to the name McLaren and his achievements continue to be a source of inspiration not just for McLaren but for the entire motor racing community.