On this day in auto history – June 2nd

Wed 2nd Jun 2021

It was on this day in 1970 that iconic New Zealand-born racing driver/designer Bruce McLaren - founder of the highly successful Formula One team - died after a testing crash at Goodwood, Sussex.

Aged just 32, McLaren was killed instantly after rear bodywork came adrift at high-speed on his new M8D vehicle, causing the car to spin off the track and hit a bunker used as a flag station.

Though a competitive Grand Prix driver with four Formula One victories to his credit, McLaren made an even greater impact off the track, forming the McLaren Racing Team at the age of just 26 in 1963 and subsequently displaying great ability as an analyst, engineer and manager.

McLaren completely dominated CanAm sports car racing during the late 1960’s - often with Bruce himself at the wheel - whilst it also scored a notable victory in the prestigious Indianapolis 500.

Since then, McLaren has established itself as the second most dominant force (behind Ferrari) in Formula One, winning 182 Grand Prix races, 12 Drivers’ Championships and eight Constructors' Championships.

Bruce McLaren was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1991.