NOVEMBER 13, 1937 – FEBRUARY 6, 2016


It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Patty McLaren-Brickett, the widow of our founder Bruce McLaren, who passed away peacefully on Saturday February 6, 2016 after a very brave fight with cancer.

Patty was born in Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand and met Bruce at a party in Timaru when he was in town to compete at a local hill-climb event.  Within four years of meeting Bruce and Patty were married and moved to the UK where they quickly became an integral part of the international motorsport community.

Patty was involved with many aspects of Bruce’s racing career, from filming him drive on several European circuits using an 8mm camera from the passenger seat prior to a Grand Prix, to recording Bruce’s lap times from the pit wall with two stopwatches so she could also keep an eye on what the competition was up to.  She recalled that at one Grand Prix in Europe, the official timing system failed during qualifying so the grid positions for the race the following day were decided from her timing notes.

Patty was an inspiration to all at Bruce McLaren Racing in the aftermath of Bruce’s tragic passing at Goodwood testing the M8D.  She often referred to the staff, who worked tirelessly to maintain the continued success of the team, as “her boys” ensuring that the McLaren name lived on.

In the years since, Patty was a patron for the WMRAC, the Woman’s Motor Racing Associates Club, affectionately known as the Doghouse Owners’ Club, an organization set up in the ‘60s to support the wives and girlfriends of drivers in the event of tragedy.  She was also a frequent visitor to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.  Unsurprisingly given her daring spirit, Patty gained her Private Pilots Licence qualifying at Fairoaks Airfield just a stone’s throw from where the McLaren Technology Centre is located today.

More recently, Patty was a very welcome visitor to the McLaren Automotive stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where she said how incredibly proud she was that Bruce’s dream of creating a McLaren road car division had come true.

Our thoughts are with her family and her many friends. 



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