As mentioned in the round-up this morning, today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Bruce McLaren.
McLaren held a minute’s noise in memory of the team founder at their headquarters today.
Following a minute’s silence they fired up and revved the 8.0-litre Chevrolet V8 in one of their McLaren M8D Can-Am cars for one minute at quarter past three this afternoon.
Executive chairman Ron Dennis was present along with Bruce McLaren’s former colleague Tyler Alexander. Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said:
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. 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 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 honoured 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.
Make sure you see the video up on their website at the moment about Bruce McLaren as well.