“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.”
These words of Bruce McLaren are so familiar from every tribute and commemoration of the man, but have not been bettered in summing up a life that ended so abruptly, at the age of 32, on June 2 1950.
At the time, he was the youngest driver to have won a grand prix; a brilliant engineer who had founded a race team; and an entrepreneur with a road car project in the works.
But as this compilation by motor racing’s finest writers shows, it was McLaren’s charisma, enthusiasm and determination that captivated those around him, inspiring them to success in F1 and Can-Am, and laying the foundations for the company that still bears his name today.
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