About midday on June 2, 1970, the Goodwood circuit in south-east England fell silent. Bruce McLaren had been testing his latest Can-Am car and was squeezing in one more lap before lunch when the vehicle’s rear bodywork came adrift on the Levant Straight and he slammed into an abandoned marshal’s post at 180 mph. Motorsport had lost a true hero of the racetrack at the age of 32.
Fifty years on, Bruce McLaren is still revered in motoring circles around the world. And it’s no wonder. He won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 driving a Ford GT40, then the 12 Hours of Sebring the following year. Team McLaren also dominated Can-Am from 1967 to 1972—Bruce himself winning the series in 1967 and 1969—and his eponymous F1 team has gone on to claim eight World Constructors’ Championships and 12 World Drivers’