Press Release - January 11th, 2015
January 11th is the 51st anniversary of Bruce McLaren winning the New Zealand Grand Prix at Pukekohe. Denny Hulme came second and Bruce's team mate Timmy Mayer was third. This was a fantastic result for the fledgling team headed by Bruce McLaren and Teddy Mayer - Bruce McLaren Motor Racing - in its first major international campaign.
What Bruce and Teddy achieved in ensuing years, ably assisted by a small band of extremely hard working and dedicated people, is incredible.
How they accomplished what they did is a story that transcends motor racing and is relevant to all people in all walks of life who set out on a path of achievement despite the impediments, complications and challenges in their way.
Major motion pictures are difficult and complex undertakings and our Bruce McLaren Movie has been no different but taking our cues and inspiration from Bruce and Teddy we are achieving what we set out to do despite the extremely high hurdles that must be cleared and standards of excellence that are demanded.
A dramatic film engages the audience in an emotionally connected way and people form a personal bond with the main characters. I think the world will be a better place if millions of people form a personal emotional bond with Bruce and Teddy and their small team of extraordinary friends who inspired and motivated everyone who knew them.
Worthwhile endeavours take time but the script we now have, after several iterations and much testing of ideas and creative concepts, is outstanding. Armed with this we are seeing excellent progress on all fronts.
Michael Garlick - Producer
Previous Press Releases
Press Release - Update
Work continues on development of the film based on the life of New Zealand motor racing legend Bruce McLaren. Our screenwriter is working closely with Bruce McLaren’s immediate family, the Auckland based Bruce McLaren Trust and former Bruce McLaren Racing Team personnel. We are committed to creating an exciting dramatic film befitting the grit, courage and intrepid spirit of Bruce McLaren and the team he built.
Press Release - Launch
The Bruce McLaren film project, which was launched at the Taupo A1GP in January, is making steady progress with the second draft of the script due for completion early next year.
Making a film is always a long journey but the key ingredient to success always begins with a finely tuned screenplay. This screenplay is our major focus at the moment, and extensive research into Bruce’s life as a world-class racing driver, constructor, father, son and husband, is a critical part of bringing a truthful account of Bruce to the screen
We have been very lucky to have the support of the McLaren family, Bruce’s friends and his colleagues, whom have provided an insight into Bruce, and the support of investors, who believe strongly in the project.
There is adventure, risk, competition, romance and tragedy. It is an international story – not just a Kiwi story, and one that continues to this day with the McLaren name at the forefront of the international motor sport industry.