GOODWOOD TO PAY TRIBUTE TO BRUCE McLAREN

We look ahead to the 2015 Goodwood Revival, which will pay tribute to our founder Bruce McLaren.

 

The 2015 Goodwood Revival, held between 11th and 13th September at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England, will pay special tribute to motorsport legend – and McLaren founder – Bruce McLaren.

The Revival is an extraordinary event, a magical step back in time to the period when the historic Goodwood circuit was first used for competitive racing between 1948 and 1966. It’s as much a theatrical spectacle as a weekend of historic motorsport, as everyone and everything, from the drivers, mechanics and 150,000 spectators, to the circuit itself, appear as they would have done in the 1950s and ’60s.

 

McLaren Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin leads the field during the Whitsun Trophy race at the 2014 Goodwood Revival.

 

There will be 15 races throughout the three days of competition, for racing cars and bikes built up to 1966, and none will be faster than the Whitsun Trophy. The racing finale on Saturday 12th September, it features sports prototypes, including the first McLaren Can-Am race cars – one of which is an M1B, owned and raced by our Chief Test Driver, Chris Goodwin. Chris won the Whitsun Trophy in 2014, coming home more than 17 seconds ahead of the rest of the field in the McLaren once raced by Bruce himself.

For McLaren though, the heart of the Revival is a moving tribute to founder Bruce McLaren. A sensational parade of cars from Bruce’s life will take to the track on each of the three days of the historic motorsport event, and will feature a number of iconic McLaren racing cars, as well as key vehicles from the formative years of his career. 

 

With nearly 150,000 spectators in period dress, the Goodwood Revival is as much a theatrical spectacle as a weekend of historic motorsport.

 

The iconic New Zealander was just 32 years old when he died at Goodwood in 1970 while testing a Can-Am race car, but his name and legacy live on. Bruce’s death shocked his fledgling company, but despite being ordered to take time off, the entire workforce was back at the factory the following day. McLaren missed the Belgian Grand Prix, but a week later Dan Gurney, driving Bruce’s car, won the opening round of the 1970 Can-Am championship. McLaren was victorious in nine of the 10 Can-Am races that year, and when it took the 1971 championship too, it was the culmination of a half-decade run of domination that resulted in five back-to-back titles and a record 43 Can-Am victories.

From there McLaren has grown into one of the most successful Formula 1™ teams of all time, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans on its debut with the legendary McLaren F1 GTR, and claimed 29 IndyCar victories – including three wins at the Indy 500 – but none of it would have been possible without Bruce’s love of innovation or competitive racing instinct. He was a pioneering race car designer and a great driver, at the time the youngest ever winner of a Formula 1™ World Championship race, and his unending desire to win fuels McLaren to this day.

 

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