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Tribute to Bruce McLaren made at Goodwood Revival

An evocative collection of cars associated with Bruce McLaren’s career lapped the Goodwood Motor Circuit

By Rosie Ogden

“Bruce McLaren was a talented engineer and a world-class racing driver,” observed Lord March at the start of his tribute to the great New Zealander at the Goodwood Revival last weekend, celebrating 50 years of the McLaren marque. “He was highly-skilled, meticulous and always fun.”

An evocative collection of cars associated with McLaren’s career lapped the Goodwood Motor Circuit, recalling a career that encompassed four Grand Prix wins as well as victory in the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours.

The mighty sports racers that carried his name dominated the Can-Am series and an example of these was included in a line-up that ranged from a Formula One Cooper-Climax to the Aston Martin Projects 212 and 214; Ford GT40 to McLaren’s own prototype road car, the M6GT.

Bruce’s daughter and sister joined a host of his friends and colleagues on the grid, such as legendary McLaren designer Gordon Coppuck and forthright team manager Alastair Caldwell. It was a fitting tribute to one of motor sport’s most significant figures.

Saturday also featured a full programme of seven races. The most evocative race of the day was the Lavant Cup that, this year, was held for drum-braked Ferrari sports prototypes of the 1950s. It was won by James Cottingham’s 500 TRC from 1957.

The Goodwood Revival is not, though, just about racing. Another feature was the Bonhams Auction, the highlight of which was the sale of ‘Blue Lena’, the Bentley S3 Continental Flying Sports Spur Saloon of Keith Richards, this being the car, named after singer Lena Horne, that carried the Rolling Stones’ guitarist on many a journey.

It was bought for a whopping £763,100.

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