New il­lu­mi­nat­ing art of McLaren un­veiled

Eastern Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - PJ TAY­LOR

More than 200 res­i­dents and vis­i­tors packed out the vil­lage cen­tre at Bruce McLaren Re­tire­ment Vil­lage to wit­ness an oil paint­ing of the late, great Bruce McLaren be­ing un­veiled.

His sis­ter Jan McLaren, who runs the Bruce McLaren Trust, un­veiled the paint­ing by Auck­land painter Craig Prim­rose at the Dan­nemora vil­lage, fol­low­ing an in­tro­duc­tion by Ry­man Health­care’s head of cor­po­rate af­fairs David King.

The oc­ca­sion was more spe­cial with the pres­ence of a McLaren road car and an orig­i­nal 1970 sin­gle-seater McLaren. Its owner Auck­lan­der Dave Mitchell gave ev­ery­one a real thrill when he fired up the en­gine.

The art­work was com­mis­sioned by Ry­man Health­care and is the first of a series of paint­ings of each vil- lage name­sake to be un­der­taken by Prim­rose, who plans to com­plete four a year.

King says Ry­man is de­lighted to be able to hon­our Bruce McLaren in this way, and it’s fit­ting the trib­ute came at a time when the For­mula 1 leg­end would have turned 80.

‘‘The im­pact Bruce McLaren had on in­ter­na­tional mo­tor­sport was huge and long last­ing. We’re de­lighted to see the beau­ti­ful work that Craig has cre­ated and be­lieve it will help pre­serve this in­cred­i­ble legacy for the ben­e­fit of our res­i­dents for many gen­er­a­tions.’’

Jan McLaren was also thrilled with the paint­ing of her brother, say­ing it com­bined with the at­ten­tion cre­ated by the movie McLaren, re­leased ear­lier this year, had had a huge im­pact on re­gen­er­at­ing in­ter­est in Bruce’s story.

‘‘It re­ally is a priv­i­lege for me to be in­volved with pre­serv­ing his legacy, not just for our gen­er­a­tion but for the younger gen­er­a­tions com­ing up too.

‘‘The Bruce McLaren Trust has had a long re­la­tion­ship with Craig and I re­ally love the art­work he’s pro­duced. It’s a won­der­ful trib­ute to a great man,’’ she says.

Prim­rose has had a long ca­reer ar­tis­ti­cally cap­tur­ing many su­per­stars of the sport­ing world and was the pre­ferred artist of an­other New Zealand leg­end and Ry­man vil­lage name­sake, Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary.

Prim­rose says the hard­est part was por­tray­ing the McLaren cars, with the paint­ing tak­ing around two months.

‘‘There was a lot of re­search into the cars. We specif­i­cally tried to bring the cars from For­mula 1 and the CanAm cars which he and Denny Hulme had great suc­cess in.’’


Jan McLaren, Craig Prim­rose and David King with the new art­work of mo­tor-rac­ing leg­end Bruce McLaren.

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