Call for Bruce McLaren material

Call for Bruce McLaren material

Bruce McLaren

Bruce McLaren

A call has gone out for any audio-visual material relating to New Zealand motorsport icon Bruce McLaren.

Director Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, The Recruit, Cocktail), is making a feature documentary on the life of McLaren.

Donaldson is hunting for rare audio-visual material (photographs, home movies etc) of McLaren, who founded the highly successful Formula One McLaren Motor Racing Team.

Donaldson is a motor racing fan who made the Antony Hopkins starrer World’s Fastest Indian, about another New Zealand speed pioneer, Burt Munro.

“Legendary kiwi race car driver and engineer Bruce McLaren was tragically killed testing one of his cars in 1970,” Donaldson says. “We are very keen to find archival footage that documents this extraordinary New Zealander’s life.

“So, if you have or know the whereabouts of any potentially interesting film, please be in touch with us. Photographs, home movies, souvenirs, if it is about Bruce, we would love to see it.”

The film’s producers are working closely with the McLaren family and the Bruce McLaren Trust, which includes access to an extensive collection of memorabilia and more than 100,000 photos, but they feel there may be more treasures yet to be located, possibly in England, where he lived, and Europe and USA, where he raced.

Jan McLaren, Bruce’s sister and Bruce McLaren trustee, says, “This feature documentary on Bruce by director Roger Donaldson is a very exciting project. We are delighted to work alongside, and in support of, Roger and his team on such a great venture.”

If you have any material contact researcher Pheobe Shum at

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