McLaren Company Pays Tribute to Bruce McLaren

Forty years ago today, Bruce McLaren died in a Can-Am testing crash at Goodwood Circuit in England, leaving behind a Formula One team that later became a huge player in both motor racing and the automotive industry.

The McLaren Group paid a tribute to the founder of the company today, with Formula One team principal and CEO Martin Whitmarsh saying that McLaren's influence is still being felt within the Woking organization day after day.

The 40th anniversary of Bruce McLaren's death gives us the opportunity to reflect on his legacy, and to appreciate just how much of his original vision still lives on within our team,” said Whitmarsh via a statement on Wednesday.

Bruce made his name not only as a skilled and disciplined racing driver, but also as a pragmatic engineer with the inspiration, vision and determination to take on and beat the greatest teams in motorsport.”

It's an ethos that still holds true to this day, and one which Ron Dennis was careful to foster and promote when he assumed control of the team in 1980. Through Ron's guidance and stewardship, McLaren remains a company that is passionate about technology and engineering, and which is set apart by its keen sense of competition, attention to detail and desire to be the best.

Bruce's values have seen us maintain a winning legacy throughout six decades of competition, and have rewarded us with victories in the Formula 1 world championship, the North American Can-Am series, the Indy 500, Formula 5000 and the Le Mans 24 Hours. Winning will always be central to the McLaren DNA."

We are honored to uphold the McLaren name. And, for many millions of people around the world, the name McLaren is motor racing - there can be no greater testament to Bruce than that.”

McLaren F1 Team's way of honoring the New Zealander's legacy was a perfect 1-2 finish in the recent Turkish Grand Prix, headed by 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton.
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