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.
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