As you may or may not know, I am a big fan of McLaren and have been since I started watching Formula 1. I wanted to mark their 50th anniversary by doing something special and so ’50 in 50′ was born.
For the next 50 days, including today, I will be looking at the different aspects of McLaren that have made them the team they are today. From their founder Bruce McLaren to other key personnel such as Ron Dennis and world champions, along with other important components that make up the McLaren Group as it currently is.
McLaren is, of course, about more than just the racing team. The McLaren Group comprises six companies overall and these are McLaren Racing, McLaren Automotive, McLaren Applied Technologies, McLaren GT3 Racing, McLaren Electronics and Absolute Taste.
The McLaren story started 50 years ago in 1963 when Bruce McLaren founded Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd. Look how far the team have come since then – continuously evolving and remaining at the forefront of technical development. The McLaren racing mantra is ‘McLaren exists to win races’; something which was clear early on when Bruce McLaren himself wrote the now iconic words:
‘Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone’
They are the most successful Formula One team post-1966, the year they entered the sport, with 182 race wins. Along with that they have 20 world championships in total – 12 drivers and eight constructors’ – ranging from 1974 to 2008. In recent times McLaren have also set a new record for most consecutive races in the points. They managed 64 races, between the start of 2010 and the 2013 Candian Grand Prix (where the record ended), with at least one car finishing in the points.
So, where better to start ’50 in 50′ than looking at the man who made it all possible: Bruce McLaren. His name lives on in the team he started 50 years ago. He died at age 32, leaving behind an impressive legacy.
“Bruce McLaren wrote the beginning of the story, and the legend is going to continue for many years to come”
~Ron Dennis 2013
Please join me on this journey of celebrating 50 years of McLaren in 50 days.