BRUCE MCLAREN FROM THE COCK­PIT

F1 Racing - - ESSENTIALS -

Bruce McLaren was just 27 when he penned his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy in 1964 – a ten­der age for such an un­der­tak­ing. Then again, he’d al­ready squeezed an aw­ful lot into his short life, en­dur­ing a de­bil­i­tat­ing child­hood ill­ness, mov­ing to Europe as a rac­ing driver of prom­ise and mak­ing history as the (then) youngest ever grand prix win­ner. Ahead of him and beyond this book lay the foun­da­tion of his own team, Can-Am glory – and his tragic death in a test­ing crash at Good­wood in 1970.

His book has long been con­sid­ered a prime pe­riod source, with his op­ti­mism shin­ing through his easy nar­ra­tion. So what a great idea to re­pub­lish it now, just as it was, with an added pref­ace from his daugh­ter Amanda. With all that we know was to come, Bruce’s words carry added res­o­nance.

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