Remembering Bruce McLaren 50 Years On

June 2nd is a very important day in McLaren history, as it will mark 50 years to the day our founder Bruce McLaren died testing his Can-Am car at Goodwood Motor Circuit. The Daily Telegraph toured Bruce’s homeland New Zealand in the new GT, a car that in many ways is the spiritual successor to the M6 GT.

"Less well known is the fact that Bruce McLaren also designed his own road car in the 1960s. The M6GT never went into full production but there’s no mistaking the similarities with the company’s first ever grand tourer, the new GT. They may be decades apart but the McLaren GT and M6GT are both lightweight and blisteringly quick – the 2020 car a more comfortable, quieter tourer that also happens to handle and drive like a McLaren supercar. The GT is simply thrilling to drive on the country backroads of New Zealand. Switch to ‘sport’ mode and a raft of driving aids keep it in line, upping the tempo and the thrills as hydraulic steering allows the lightweight McLaren to be thrown around like a go-kart." - Telegraph

In memory of Bruce's passing 50 years later, McLaren paid tribute to him at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) where his daughter - Amanda, revealed a bronze statue cast in his likeness. This piece of work commissioned to artist Paul Oz, will stand on MTC Boulevard with some of Bruce's most notable cars, including his first racing car - a modified Austin 7, which was constructed by him at age 15 with his own father.

"June 2 is always an emotional date for us and that’s particularly true this year. Having ‘Dad’ looking out over McLaren is incredibly moving and I know that he would have been so very proud of the achievements made in his name." - Amanda McLaren

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