Production has commenced on a new documentary about the life of driver, engineer, and McLaren team founder Bruce McLaren.
The film, titled simply McLaren, will be directed by Roger Donaldson, who was also responsible for The World’s Fastest Indian.
“My enthusiasm for making a film about Bruce McLaren comes from my long-held passion for motorsports; a passion that was passed down to me from my father and grandfather,” Donaldson told screendaily.com.
The film is being made with the help of backing from a venture funded by the New Zealand Film Commission, as well as Images and Sound and Giltrap Group Holdings.
McLaren died in a testing accident at Goodwood in 1970 at the age of 32. He is best remembered today for creating the Formula 1 team that still carries his name, although it his reputation as a constructor during his lifetime owed almost as much to his Can-Am cars as it did to F1.
He was a formidable driver, notching up four grand prix victories: three with Cooper, and one – at Spa in 1968 – in one of his own cars. He also teamed up with compatriot Chris Amon in a GT40 to win at Le Mans in 1966.