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McLaren the movie


Bruce McLaren was one of the icons of motor racing in the sport's 60s ‘golden age’ – he won four Grand Prix, and joined fellow Kiwi Chris Amon to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The McLaren team he founded became one of the most successful in Formula One motor racing. In this documentary, director Roger Donaldson returns to the tarmac where he has made a mark before — Smash Palace, his fictional story of a race car driver, and two films inspired by Invercargill's DIY racing legend Burt Munro. 

There are many interviews with Bruce’s family and racing colleagues, with much racing footage not seen since the 1960s. It’s a story of guts and determination by a Kiwi who was born and bred in Remuera at the Upland Road garage, owned by his father. 

A film well worth seeing, it runs for 1.5 hours in New Zealand cinemas from 1st June 2017. 

You can visit the Bruce McLaren Trust and museum at the Bruce McLaren Heritage Centre, Hampton Downs, 20 Hampton Downs Road 3782