8th June 2017
The museum at Remuera is still open but will be closing in early July when we start our move to Hampton Downs.
Please contact David at the Remuera office 09 522 8224 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
to make arrangements for a visit as our hours are not fixed at present due to the upcoming move and staffing plans.
23 February 2017
“We are delighted to attach the following link to the trailer for the Roger Donaldson documentary “McLaren”. The Trustees, Bruce McLaren Trust
Released yesterday in the UK, it is a very moving snippet of the documentary and we look forward to letting you all know when the NZ premiere will be scheduled.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkcqA7AoqZo
1 November 2016
BRUCE WANTS TO GO FASTER
Bruce McLaren – from backyard racer to World Champion
Illustrated by Murray Dewhurst
Foreword by Sir Colin Giltrap
Published by Inspired Kids/Distributed by South Pacific Books on
October 31, 2016; RRP: $24.99
“I loved this book. Typical of the New Zealand spirit, overcoming one obstacle after another and with the bare minimum. He may have started out a bit wonky, but he ended up conquering the world! Bruce McLaren is an inspiration.” – Craig Smith, Bestselling author of ‘The Wonky Donkey’
Bruce McLaren was a Kiwi hero who took the world of motor racing by storm. But it wasn’t always that way. At the age of 11, he contracted Perthes Syndrome and spent two years with his legs in plaster, confined to a Bradshaw Frame bed, in the Wilson Home for Crippled Children. But Bruce had a big dream: about going faster. After years of hard work, study, commitment and passion, and devoted to the art of going faster, he
became a World Champion.
Bruce Wants to Go Faster tells the story of Bruce McLaren – from hospital gurney, which he raced around the wards at night when the nurses were off duty, to racing with the Auckland Car Club before heading to Europe and the big league: Silverstone, Brands Hatch, the German Grand Prix. Quickly, he became a star driver for the Cooper Car Company and at the age of 22, the youngest driver to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix.
McLaren became THE name in motorsport and Formula 1; not only for racing and winning, but for innovative car design and engineering, with the establishment of the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Team. The name McLaren has not only left a permanent impression on New Zealand and world motorsport history, but is one of the most successful, highly-regarded and longstanding motorsport teams in the world. Bruce McLaren
was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1995.
Bruce Wants to Go Faster honours the memory of Bruce McLaren and has been endorsed by The Bruce McLaren Trust, one of whose mandates is to promote the memory of Bruce McLaren in perpetuity. Trustee, and Bruce McLaren’s younger sister Jan McLaren, has been heavily involved in the publication of the book and simultaneously with esteemed Kiwi filmmaker Roger Donaldson, whose film about Bruce McLaren will
be released in early 2017.
DREYDON SOBANJA, like so many Kiwi kids, grew up idolising prominent New Zealanders who dared to dream big; ordinary Kiwis who did extraordinary things. Dreydon dreamed about sporting success and creating socially beneficial opportunities for others, but corporate life – accountancy and property investment – claimed him, and he lost sight of his dreams. Then, in his late thirties, Dreydon decided to make some drastic lifestyle changes, reclaim his childhood dreams and put them into action.
Dreydon created Inspirational Kiwis and published two successful picture books, Ed Climbs a Big Hill and Jean Dreams of Flying, about Kiwi heroes, Sir Edmund Hillary and Jean Batten. He also took up endurance sport and achieved his personal goal of wearing the Silver Fern for New Zealand when he qualified for and then raced at the ITU Age Group World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton, Canada in September 2014. He now has the goal of being an age group world champion.
Through Inspirational Kiwis, Dreydon has been inspiring children to dream big and has been providing them with the tools to achieve their dreams. With the publication of Bruce wants to go Faster, Dreydon wants to bring Kiwi legend Bruce McLaren to a new generation of Kiwi kids, who can learn a lot from the legend. Dreydon lives and works in Auckland.
DREYDON SOBANJA AND JAN MCLAREN ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW
Media contact: Sarah Thornton / Thornton Communications / email@example.com /
021 753744 / (09) 479 8763
MURRAY DEWHURST, the illustrator and designer of Bruce wants to go Faster, approached Dreydon in 2014 with some basic line drawings and a lot of enthusiasm. Murray has always had an infatuation with motorsport due to his late, mini racing, uncle Keith Madgwick, who himself overcame the adversity of polio to fulfill his dream of competing in motor sport. As a published urban artist, graphic designer and illustrator, Murray has done a superb job of bringing Bruce’s story to life, with lush illustrations in a hardback book that is designed to be a keepsake.
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THE BRUCE MCLAREN TRUST was publicly launched at Wings & Wheels, Whenuapai, Auckland, in March 1997. The overall purpose of the Trust is to be a living, working memorial to Bruce McLaren and the McLaren team heritage and New Zealand motorsport history. The Trust is a voluntary organisation with registered charitable trust status. It’s funding comes from members’ subscriptions, donations, admission fees,
merchandise sales, special sponsorship and grants. Members’ subscriptions provide support for projects such as the maintenance of the archives, memorabilia and photography collection, and development of the education programmes.
08 August 2016
Dear Members and Supporters,
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Chris Amon on Wednesday 3rd August. Chris has been our Patron for nearly 20 years and we have always enjoyed his support, wise words and fun comments over all that time. Our deepest sympathy is with his lovely wife Tish and all the family. It was always a pleasure to work with Chris at the various functions and NZFMR Festivals and especially at the Chris Amon Festival back in 2011.
I attach a YouTube link of film footage taken by Murray Maunder of Vision Productions in our Bruce McLaren marquee at the Chris Amon Festival. Murray has filmed with and for the Trust for over 15 years - it is at times like this that the special historic value of all his wonderful filming is greatly appreciated and valued.
The Trustees and all at the Bruce McLaren Trust
Bruce McLaren Trust
The Chris Amon link
06 July 2016
A You Tube video of the famous Bruce McLaren cars at McLaren headquarters beckons.