As a lifelong Formula One fan, I am a little ashamed to admit that it took Roger Donaldson’s intimate portrait of the life of Bruce McLaren to expose me to the origins of the name McLaren, one of the stalwarts of Formula One.
After 2005’s The World’s Fasted Indian, Donaldson continues his exploration of Kiwis with petrol in their blood and this time transports us back to a 1940s service station and workshop in Remuera, New Zealand. It is here where Bruce McLaren learned his trade and laid the foundations for what was to come. That is, an impressive, but tragically cut short racing career, which saw McLaren quickly rise up through the motor racing ranks, to become one of the most influential drivers, team owners and constructors in motor racing history. (more…)