McLaren celebrates 50 years of racing excellence with 3 short films featuring the legacy of its founder Bruce McLaren. Yes, half a century of being at the forefront of racing and development, McLaren pays homage to the man who started it all. The first film titled “Courage,” follows a version of the team’s founder as he recounts his brief life on the day of his death. Directed by Swedish Marcus Söderlund, the short film shows the ghost of Bruce McLaren as he retraces the scene of his crash at the Goodwood circuit in 1970 – which took his life at the tragically young age of 32.
The film then ends with McLaren’s own words:
“The news that he had died instantly was a terrible shock to all of us, but who is to say that he had not seen more, done more and learned more in his few years than many people do in a lifetime? To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one’s ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.” – Bruce McLaren on death of team mate Timmy Mayer.