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Movie McLaren tells the legendary story of a racing driver whose mark remains on the sport

Thursday 18 May 2017, By Autovolo

Movie McLaren tells the legendary story of a racing driver whose mark remains on the sport

Movie McLaren tells the legendary story of a racing driver whose mark remains on the sport

The movie McLaren will be at UK cinemas for one night only on Thursday, May 25, portraying the life, struggles, success and ultimate tragedy of one man in pursuit of motor racing glory. 

New Zealander Bruce McLaren began racing his father’s car in his teens and realised he had both a passion and a skill for the sport. His career became far more than just racing, as from a keen interest in working on the cars McLaren went on to start his own team, now renowned globally for its Formula 1 success.

However, in the ‘60s and ‘70s when Bruce was racing, the sport went hand in hand with death. Tragically, at the height of his team’s success, McLaren lost his life behind the wheel of a car he had designed himself. 

The film tells this story through archive footage, re-enactments and interviews, including insights and reminiscences from motor racing legends such as Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti and Sir Jackie Stewart.

McLaren’s daughter Amanda said of the film: ‘What he did as a racing driver, a designer and an engineer is fairly well known, but what also came through is the story of him as a father and a husband, but also how fond of him everyone who interviewed him was. You’ve got men who are now in their 70s and 80s still becoming very emotional about an event that happened in 1970.

‘As a daughter, to hear people speak about your father in that way is so special.’

McLaren will be in cinemas for one night only on Thursday, May 25, and on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital platforms from Monday, May 29.