26th August 2015
PROMINENT MOTOR RACING PERSONALITY DIES QUIETLY IN AUCKLAND.
One of New Zealand’s most respected motor racing personalities, Phil Kerr, passed away quietly in Auckland on Saturday the 20th August 2015 aged 80.
His wife, Patricia Kerr, said her husband’s passing was unexpected but peaceful.
Phil Kerr had a long association with Jack Brabham and Brabham Racing in the late 1950s and 60s before joining forces with Bruce McLaren in 1968 as Joint Managing Director of the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Team - the highly successful motorsport team that still bears the name McLaren today.
Phil Kerr returned to New Zealand in the late seventies. He established the McLaren Group of companies in New Zealand and in recent times established the McLaren Motorsport website, still preserving the history of McLaren and the remarkable legacy he left. Phil Kerr remained in constant contact with motor racing greats, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney, Bernie Ecclestone and Chris Amon, among others, and retained an avid and knowledgeable interest in Formula One throughout his lifetime.
17th August 2015
The 2016 Historic 50th Can Am event dates announced:
April 21st - 24th Road Atlanta
July 7th - 10th Mont Tremblant, celebrating the first ever Can Am race held at Mont Tremblant - St Jovite on 11th September 1966
July 14th - 17th Road America
August 18th - 21th Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
8th September 2014
It with regret that the Trust learns that Eoin S Young has passed away after a battle with illness on the 5th of September, a founding director of Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd. He went on to be a successful writer of books and for magazines his articles were a regular feature of the English Autocar for 32 years.
Our next newsletter will include a feature on Eoin.
Please also go to mclaren.com for a tribute written by Maurice Hamilton click on the link http://www.mclaren.com/formula1/inside-the-mtc/eoin-s-young-1939-2014/
22 October 2013
Team McLaren 50th Promotional Video
Team McLaren have released a video on youtube showing some history and current info. See at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWNhwELtbu0
The M8A at Hampton Downs
The Trust's M8A has now proved to be reliable and has been on duty at the Hampton Downs race track. The car has been initially used for corporate and sponsor rides, in addition to showroom duties. To view some history and the resurrected M8A in action on the Hampton Downs track, view the following video on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lx6rg6oGxU
27 May 2013
The M8A Resurrection
The M8A resurrection is happening but good things don’t happen overnight!! We have all followed the rebuild of the M8A for many years and I look back at my naivety in the early days of saying that it might take us two or three years to do the restoration. Well, I can’t be right all the time and raising every dollar from the ground up has been a huge job. I take this opportunity to again say, a very special thank you to all of you that have supported this project. It has been a labour of love and a tremendous amount of work by many many people. The research by Duncan has been painstaking and this shows in the absolute perfection and beauty of the M8A.
But after lying dormant and without voice for over 40 years, this old girl was not going to fire up or go on track without giving us one or two final challenges!!!
As many of you were aware, we had a pre launch of the M8A the night before the Hulme Festival when the plan was to start the motor in front of all the members and supporters. With the car fuelled up, oiled up and the Hewland gearbox dripping a little oil as it should every thing was ready to go. But the old Lucas starter motor just wouldn’t do the job - the worst of British electrics combined with the fact that it was also the reversed model used by Citroen was against us. It appears that we had also replicated McLaren’s original mistake –it wasn’t good in the day either!! So a much sturdier starter motor has now been fitted.
So on March 2nd, 2013 at 4.35pm she roared into life and what a magnificent sound - don’t know who’s grin was bigger, mine or Duncans. A few more days of settling things in and then it was down to Hampton Downs for a “Shakedown” and it’s first time on track. And after all these years, even I wasn’t there to see it run for the first time. From the film footage it looked and sounded magnificent but again the old girl challenged us and there was a problem in the oil plumbing and once again we brought everything to a halt. Whilst we had oil pressure and all appeared to be ok, Duncan constantly was checking everything and located small filings in the oil. A frustration for us all but a prudent decision was made and the engine is currently being fully rechecked and stripped to make sure that there is no major damage and so far so good. The problem was a small oil valve not delivering the oil to where it should have been despite all the correct instrument readings.
We are now working on third time lucky and watch this space for the “Official” track running.
Editor - Jan McLaren
20th April 2013
TV One NZ has broadcast the Trust's M8A at Hampton Downs Race circuit. This is a fantastic video clip of the M8A and the main restorers Tony Roberts/Duncan Fox. To watch, the link is here.
Lots of new goodies have been added to the website shop. Go and have a look, all monies go to the Trust as usual.
A few snaps below of the new merchandise.
26th November 2012
Bruce McLaren 50th anniversary to be celebrated at CRC Speedshow
The achievements of New Zealand racing icon Bruce McLaren and the 50th anniversary of the formation of his company, Bruce McLaren Motor Racing (BMMR) Limited, will be celebrated at next year’s CRC Speedshow in Auckland.
The seventh edition of CRC Speedshow, New Zealand’s biggest annual automotive and motorsport extravaganza, takes place at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland over the weekend of 20 and 21 July 2013. The dates align perfectly with the 1963 formation of Bruce McLaren’s UK-based racing operation, which has since evolved into the McLaren Group comprising the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team and the supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive.
For Jan McLaren, Bruce’s sister and chief executive officer of the Bruce McLaren Trust, the opportunity to commemorate Bruce McLaren’s successes at the 2013 CRC Speedshow helps bring the legend of her brother’s international achievements to life for new generations of race fans. “With 2013 marking the 50th anniversary since Bruce started his own company and racing team, we’re excited to be able to profile Bruce McLaren the highly-successful designer, engineer, Grand Prix winner, race car builder and race team owner to the tens of thousands of CRC Speedshow visitors,” says Ms McLaren.
“Bruce’s racing successes in the 1950s and 1960s are still remarkable today and we appreciate having the opportunity to talk with younger motorsport fans about Bruce as a true legend of New Zealand motor racing.” Ms McLaren cites examples of Bruce’s success such as, in 1959 at just 22 years of age, he became the youngest-ever winner of a World Championship Formula 1 race, a record that stood for over 40 years.
“Then having formed BMMR in 1963, Bruce then drove and won the F1 GP at Spa in his own McLaren-Ford in 1968. At the same time Bruce and fellow Kiwi Denny Hulme raced in the Canadian-American Challenge Cup (CanAm) sports car series with Bruce’s team producing the McLaren CanAm cars which won five of six races in the 1967 series, four of six in 1968 and all 11 races in 1969. “While taking nothing away from New Zealanders who have competed with great success in world motorsport since, Bruce’s achievements were ground-breaking and all took place before his tragic death testing a new McLaren CanAm car at just 32 years of age.”
The Bruce McLaren Trust will help create a multi-dimensional display of cars, trophies, images and memorabilia from the formative years of BMMR at CRC Speedshow. The only McLaren M8A in existence in the world, originally built in 1967 sporting a 7-litre, 640 bhp, big block 427 cubic inch Chev and lovingly restored by the Trust and its supporters, will be on display with other priceless race cars used by Hulme and other Kiwi F1 star Chris Amon. CRC Speedshow’s managing director Ross Prevette says he is honoured to be able to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bruce McLaren Motor Racing.
“Without doubt Bruce McLaren’s achievements make him an icon of New Zealand motorsport and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to showcase this and other Kiwi legends of speed at the 2013 CRC Speedshow next July,” says Prevette. “It’s our pleasure to work with the Bruce McLaren Trust to create a special tribute to Bruce McLaren Motor Racing, an organisation which showed the world just what Kiwi ingenuity and talent can do.”
The Trust will also host a celebratory dinner on Friday 19 July before CRC Speedshow opens to the public on Saturday 20 July. A charity auction will help raise funds for the Trust’s ongoing work preserving the history of Bruce McLaren and other Kiwi racing icons of his era. Ms McLaren adds: “Further details about the celebratory dinner will be made available next year. In the meantime, anyone who would like to register their interest to purchase tickets is welcome to contact the Trust office via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The 2013 edition of CRC Speedshow is set to feature an exciting and diverse array of spectacular vehicles, notes Prevette. “Alongside these three New Zealand legends of speed – Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme and Chris Amon, we’re looking forward to seeing many of the latest new vehicles on the New Zealand market, numerous popular race teams and drivers, as well as feature vehicles such as the gold-plated, multi award-winning ‘hot rod on two wheels’ called Nehme-sis, a 3.5-metre long, custom-built chopper has never been out of the US.”
CRC Speedshow takes place at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland over the weekend of 20 and 21 July 2013 and the event website, www.speedshow.co.nz, is updated on a regular basis with news and exhibitor information.
29th October 2012
What a winning idea for Christmas!
Here's the perfect gift for anyone interested in motor racing. Get the latest in the
Kiwi Icon series, or choose from the packages listed below to really make their day.
A Celebration of a Kiwi Icon
Denis (Denny) Hulme is New Zealand’s only Formula One World Champion. In all he won eight
Formula One races from 1967 to 1973, and 22 Can-Am races, taking the Can-Am title in 1968
and 1970. This is Michael Clark’s third book in his series on New Zealand’s Formula One drivers
Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon and now Denny Hulme. The forewords are by illustrious American
journalist/photographer Pete Lyons and Eoin Young. Formula 1 legends Chris Amon and Howden
Ganley give their recollections, Phil Kerr gives words on Denny’s early days in Europe and many
previously unseen photographs illustrate this 100+ page book.
Celebration of a Kiwi Icon
This 105 page book includes stories and photographs about Chris and his illustrious international motor
racing career throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and his exploits beyond his racing years. Contributors
include Michael Clark, Allan Dick, Bob Field, Nigel Roebuck, David Tremayne and Eoin Young.
The Bruce McLaren Scrapbook
While so much has been written about the man, nothing rivals the scope and depth of this
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McLaren Scrapbook his life and achievements are celebrated as never before. A magnificent
presentation of 296 pages. Published by HarperCollins.
Celebration of a Kiwi Icon
The memories and stories as told by the team, drivers, friends and family. There are 39 stories, memories
and reports including those from Patty, Amanda and Jan McLaren, fellow drivers Sir Stirling Moss, Sir
Jackie Stewart, Sir Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney, Chris Amon, Howden Ganley, Ken Smith, Dennis Marwood
and Lawrence Brownlie and McLaren team members Phil Kerr, Wal Willmott, Bruce Harre, Cary Taylor. And
there’s input from motorsport writers Eoin Young, Donn Anderson, Peter Lyons, David McKinney, Donald
McDonald and Michael Clark.
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2nd August 2012
Bonhams Auctioneers in San Francisco USA have a couple of McLaren race cars for sale by auction on the 17 August. One of the cars is a 1969 M10A F5000 and is chassis number 300-09. Estimate pricing is USD$140K to $170K.
For details please click on the following link: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20322/lot/489/
1st August 2012
Great result for
Roll on the NZ Festival of Motor Racing which will be a Can-Am revival and more wins for our own Can-Am ace! The results were: 1. Roger Williams M8E/F 2. Toby Bean Lola Coupe 3. Tom Malloy Lola Coupe 4. Ed Swart M8FP 5. James Stengel M8FP
The New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing in January has the highest ever F5000 entries with 42! Even the Formula Junior class has over 52 entries, mainly from
To watch footage of Vintage racing from the Roycroft Trophy in April this year - the Metalman Roycroft Classic Car Race will air on TV3 Gillette Motorsport at 2.30pm Sunday August 19, 2012.
26 June 2012
Mighty Can-Am cars set to honour Kiwi great Denny Hulme
Picture shows: From left, Barry Kirk-Burnannd and his orange 1969 McLaren M12 7800cc, with Hampton Downs’ Tony Roberts and
The golden era of one of motor racing's most iconic classes - the mighty US-based Can-Am series of the sixties and seventies - is set to be revived in the home country of one of the category's biggest stars.
The Can-Am cars will not be the only historic V8 racing cars in action. The New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing has played host over the past three years to the world's biggest gathering of Formula 5000 cars and these will race again in the 2013 event as will a big field of Australian, New Zealand and US V8-engined Historic Muscle Cars.
"Denny was one of Can-Am's biggest names and the Denny Hulme Trophy to be presented by Greeta and her family will give every race fan in
Early bird tickets are now available until 31 October 2012 on www.nzfmr.co.nz
A short video of the New Zealand Festival of Racing 2010: The Bruce McLaren event