In the name of Bruce

The legacy of Bruce McLaren is not simply a few trophies in a display case or a well-sounding company name. The legacy of Bruce McLaren is an ideological principle. Marking Bruce McLaren's birthday.
Text Tom M. Muir
Photo Marko Knab ·

Today, Bruce McLaren would have turned 84. Were he still alive, it would be very interesting to see what he might think about that phrase he once said at the eulogy of another racing driver: »Life is not measured in years, but in successes.«

An honorable claim, especially for a young man who then actually died young. As a hero. In an epoch in which racing was still this myth-swarming sow-dangerous thing, which only the most daring and probably also death courageous wanted to face. But it is also the honorable claim and the legacy to all those men and women and various people who today build Formula 1 cars and road cars in the name of Bruce McLaren. So what do they look like, the results? The one thing the employees have to measure themselves against every day in Woking?

In Formula 1, well … things are currently looking up again. A long low point seems to have been passed. At last, however, the cars are once again running in that legendary orange in which Bruce McLaren used to race. And on the road?

There's something very relaxing about driving a McLaren. While other brands try hard to distinguish their original identity in the ever-expanding range of models between semi-autonomous driving, electrically adjustable massage seats and nagging police officers on the side of the road, with a McLaren you simply know where it comes from: Formula 1. That's it! And there's not much fiddling around with it. In its driving-machine simplicity, a McLaren is a road car of captivating grandiosity. Who else would come up with the idea of emphasizing the vanity mirror in the sun visor just to underline its suitability for everyday use?
(This is what happened at the launch of the McLaren 570S). That nevertheless that they are still ticking correctly in Woking. One wouldn't be surprised if the Monday meeting was hosted by a track announcer and Adele warbled the English national anthem to kick things off. Before the starting lights go out.

We want to use the occasion to take a self-critical look at our own performance. Because time and again, we had vehicles with the name of the company founder in front of our lens. Some of the best results can be seen here.

McLaren P1 – rampstyle #15

It is probably the most famous McLaren P1, maybe even the most famous McLaren ever. Although it is officially the so-called Pre-Production-Car 3, the McLaren P1 with the British license plate P1 OOV was featured on more than 150 magazine covers worldwide as well as in dozens of video clips. For rampstyle 15, David Staretz was on the road in the world's most valuable street McLaren

Senna vs. Fullerton – ramp #48

In 1993, Ayrton Senna was asked who was the best driver he had ever competed against in his career. Senna thought about it for a moment and then named the ratheruse? unknown Terry Fullerton from his early days in the European Karting Championship. That was »pure racing« and Fullerton was probably the most complete driver he had ever competed against. Today Fullerton lives in the English province and manages young karting talent. We visited him. And there is only one car that came into question.

McLaren 620R – ramp #51

A race car for the road. Unfortunately, far too many people try to live up to this phrase. The McLaren 620R keeps this promise exceptionally and without exceptions. Just like that, McLaren got a GT4 race car on the platform of a 570S ready for public road use. We took it to Berlin. At night.

McLaren Elva - Web

Her roots? New Zealand, thanks to Bruce. Home country? England. And the name? French, by all accounts. Because "Elva" comes from the French expression "elle va". This means something like: "she walks". And after a drive on the Cote d'Azur, we can confirm how the work of art on wheels, limited to 149 units, goes. Visually, it comes closest to the M1 models from the 1960s, but that's not really surprising: after all, it pays homage to racing machines that were also called "Elva".

McLaren 720S - rampstyle #23

What's better than a McLaren 720S? That's right, two 720S in Spider configuration and an Alpine pass. Ask Kurt Molzer and Kurt Molzer. Yes, you read that right. For the upcoming rampstyle #23, the legendary author and his father of the same name were given two of the open super sports cars by us - which then also caused some not-so-juvenile exclamations. Kurt Molzer junior was delighted because the ride was very dynamic. And for the accompanying photographer out of fear, because the ride was very dynamic.

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