‘NZ Festival of Motor Racing celebrating Bruce McLaren’ in 2010



The Tasman Revival in 2010 will honour the late Bruce McLaren. Bruce was born in 1937 and educated in Auckland, New Zealand. When he was a young schoolboy he suffered Perthes Disease in one of his hip joints and he spent two years strapped to a metal frame at the Wilson Home for Crippled Children in Takapuna, Auckland. Like he was to domanytimes in theyears that followed, Bruce overcame this adversity as he rose to accept the many challenges he faced. Bruce was selected as New Zealand’s inaugural ‘Driver to Europe’ in 1958 and under the watchful eye of family friend Jack Brabham he joined the Cooper F2 and soon the Cooper F1 racing team. Bruce won his first F1 GP in 1959 when he took the chequered flag to win the 1959 US GP held at Sebring, Florida, the youngest driver to win a F1 GP and a record held in his name for over 40 years.

Bruce became the No1 ‘works’ driver for the World Champion Cooper works team after Jack Brabham left to form his own Brabham team in 1962 and Bruce continued is this role until he too left in 1966 to form his own McLaren racing team. Thereafter, Bruce achieved many honours including winning the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hour race partnered by NZ’s Chris Amon, and winning the 1968 Belgium GP in a McLaren F1 car that hedesigned and built. McLaren Cars also won the Canadian-American (Can-Am) Championships for Sports Racing carsevery year from 1967 to 1971 and such was the dominance of Bruce and team-mate (and 1967 F1 World Champion) Denny Hulme as Can-Am drivers, the series became known as ‘the Bruce and Denny Show.’

Sadly, Bruce was killed on 2 June 1970 aged only 32 while testing a McLaren M8 Can-Am car at Goodwood, UK. Bruce’s name lives on with the current UK based McLaren Group who run the highly successful McLaren Mercedes F1 Team. Bruce’s legacy is as a world class driver, engineer and designer, and it is in his memory that the Tasman Revival 2010 remembers and marks his remarkable and significant achievements.

The ‘Tasman Revival 2010 - The Bruce McLaren Festival’ will feature a number of the very cars that Bruce owned, drove and designed. In addition to the Festival races involving McLaren and Cooper cars that Bruce drove or designed, there will be a display of many cars representative of those that were associated with Bruce.

The 10 Race classes for the Festival will be as follows:

Formula 5000 and invited Historic Formula One cars
Can-Am and other V8 engined Sports Racing cars
Tasman Formula - 1960s/70s pre F5000 Tasmancars
Super Historics – 1970s/80s Formula Pacific/Atlantic/ F2/F3/Invited cars
Formula Junior/F3 cars
Early Historic -1930s/40s/50s Racing and Sports Racing cars
Invited 1960s Saloon cars
Invited 1970s Saloon cars
Sports and Sports Racing Cars
Formula Fords

Beyond the racing at Hampton Downs and Pukekohe there will be many other activities that will contribute to the Festival. While still under development, it is anticipated there will be a major Bruce McLaren Exhibition, a major Racing Car Show, street parades, golf tournament and other functions.