Watch Mclaren on Netflix yesterday and found the story really interesting.
First, I didn't know the founder of the brand, Bruce McLaren was from New Zealand!
His father was a race car driver and Bruce followed his footstep at a young age.
What made Bruce McLaren a special race car driver is that he also developed a deep passion for the engineering for race cars.
He was able to tell exactly what was happening inside the car as he's driving and knew the mechanical adjustments he had to make.
This unique skill led him to being hired as a test driver for Ford, a huge car brand at that time. This is around 1950s.
Bruce would then use this money to start up his team and a garage to build the foundation of what's known today as the McLaren sports car.
His peers looked at him like some kind of workaholic, always tinkering, innovating his car. He'd then take his car and compete in Le Mans, Grand Prix, and Indianapolis 500, some of the most prestigious races at that time.
He raced so many times, in fact he raced in Grand Prix for 100 times by the time he's 32. 100 times, that's insane!
That, along with the continuous improvements on his car. The resullt of which is that McLaren has become the most successful, and the most innovative race car to ever drive on Grand Prix at that time, with 11 consecutive wins.
Sadly, his drive for innovating the car was also the cause for his death. He was testing a new configuration on his car for an upcoming competition and the car lost its aerodynamics and crash during the test drive.
Bruce McLaren left the world at age 32, but left a legacy that lasted till today.
He wrote a paragraph in his eulogy that perfectly described his own life, even though he wrote that when his dear friend died in a car crash:
"who is to say that he had not seen more, done more and learned more in his few years than many people do in a lifetime? To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one's ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone."