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  • Does the McLaren family support the making of this film?
  • Is this a documentary about Bruce McLaren?
  • Where will the film be made?
  • Who is going to direct the film?
  • Who will play Bruce McLaren?
  • Who will write the screenplay?
  • What source material is being used to create the script?
  • Who is investing in it?
  • Where will you get the McLaren cars from?
  • How will you stage the races?
  • Bruce McLaren Related Questions

  • Who was Bruce McLaren?
  • What made Bruce McLaren special?
  • How did Bruce McLaren set up the McLaren Racing Team?
  • What did he achieve?
  • How did Bruce McLaren die?
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    Film Related Questions

    Does the McLaren family support the making of this film?

    Bruce McLaren's daughter Amanda is part of the project's working group, and his widow Patty also gave her support to the film. Many of Bruce's friends and colleagues are closely involved with the production. They are the closest we can get now to the real Bruce McLaren, and we deeply appreciate and respect their willingness to share their personal knowledge and memories. There have been many other attempts to make this film, but never before have Bruce's family and friends agreed to be involved.

    Is this a documentary about Bruce McLaren?

    No. This will be a dramatic film based on the life of Bruce McLaren with actors portraying the people involved and the races recreated especially for the film. While we cannot possibly show all of Bruce’s life in two hours everyone involved is keenly aware of the need to stay as true as possible to the character of Bruce and his contemporaries as well as to the events surrounding his life.

    Where will the film be made?

    At this stage no final decisions have been made regarding filming locations, however, after leaving New Zealand in 1958, McLaren lived in Britain and raced on all of the major circuits around the world, following the Formula One, Can Am and Tasman series. Therefore potential locations could well include New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA, Monaco, Germany and France.

    Who is going to direct the film?

    There is currently no director attached to the project.

    Who will play Bruce McLaren?

    At this stage no actor has been approached for any of the roles in the film.

    Who will write the screenplay?

    The current screenplay has been written by screenwriter Thomas MacDiarmid.

    What source material is being used to create the script?

    To capture who Bruce McLaren really was, the production is sourcing as much material as possible from the people who were actually there. At the launch of The Bruce McLaren Movie there were many people close to Bruce including Patty McLaren, Bruce and Patty’s daughter Amanda McLaren, Eoin Young, Walter Willmott, Bruce Harre, Chris Amon, Sir Jack Brabham, Greeta Hulme, John Surtees and Emerson Fittipaldi. It is our intention to draw from these people, and many others close to Bruce, the heart and soul of Bruce's incredible story.

    Who is investing in it?

    Development of the film is being financed by a group of private New Zealand-based investors.

    Where will you get the McLaren cars from?

    Bruce's cars were so astonishingly good that many of the originals were kept. They have been restored or maintained in running condition by colleagues, friends and collectors. We will rebuild the ones we need. Bruce's original designers and mechanics have already asked to be involved.

    How will you stage the races?

    This will be dealt with in great detail once we move into pre-production, but it is clear that a range of options exist to recreate some of the truly spectacular races in motorsport history. In some cases the original tracks exist in a similar condition to how they were in the sixties, while others no longer exist at all. Thus the film will most likely use a combination of full scale re-enactments with purpose built or original cars, scale models, and computer generated imagery.

     

    Bruce McLaren Related Questions

    Who was Bruce McLaren?

    Bruce McLaren ranks with the greats of automotive history and rightly takes his place alongside Carl Benz, Henry Ford, Louis Renault, Ferdinand Porsche, Soichiro Honda and Enzo Ferrari.

    In his short lifetime he made a significant impact on the world stage of motor sport. His legacy is not just that of a driver or a designer, although he was extremely talented as both, it was also his character and leadership that would ultimately cause his name to endure.

    For more information on the life of Bruce McLaren visit the section about The Man.

    What made McLaren special?

    As a child, Bruce McLaren suffered from a crippling disability, Perthes Disease, which saw him spend two years in traction at the Wilson Home for Crippled Children in Takapuna, Auckland. He recovered, gained an education in engineering and went on to design, build and race his cars in the arenas of Formula One, Indianapolis, Le Mans, Can Am and Tasman Cup racing. He established the most successful motor racing team in the history of the sport, and his personality and achievements won him friends and enduring respect around the world.

    How did Bruce McLaren set up the McLaren Racing Team?

    McLaren Racing, or Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Limited, was formed in 1963 and contested the Tasman Series using Cooper Cars in January and February 1964. Bruce was not alone in forming McLaren Racing. He had a financial partner in Teddy Mayer, an American originating from New York who provided much needed working cash capital and who also worked extremely hard to establish the team on a sound financial and commercial footing. Looking at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking England it is hard to believe that the McLaren Racing Team’s first headquarters was a corner in an earthmoving machinery storage shed.

    Under these primitive conditions, the first McLaren mechanics, American Tyler Alexander and New Zealander Walter Willmott, toiled away at the first McLaren car. The car they built, to a design drawn out by Bruce with a stick in the dirt floor of their workshop, was the Cooper Zerex Sports Car. Bruce was still contracted to the Cooper Team as a driver so for political reasons the very first McLaren racing car, other than the Austin Ulster Bruce built while still a schoolboy, was the Cooper Zerex Oldsmobile.

    What did he achieve?

    Between 1964 and 1974, McLaren and his team achieved all of their goals and ambitions by winning the Tasman Series, several Can Am Sports Car Racing Championships in North America, the Indianapolis 500, the Classic 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Formula One World Championship. No other individual has masterminded and accomplished such success. McLaren's principal competitor, Ferrari, tried and failed to win the Can Am series and the Indianapolis 500, leaving Bruce McLaren's record unequalled to this day.

    How did Bruce McLaren die?

    McLaren died in an accident on the 2nd of June 1970, at age 32, while testing a Can Am car at the Goodwood circuit in England. He left behind his wife Patty and his young daughter Amanda.

     

     

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