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McLaren pay tribute to team founder 03 Jun 2010

Tyler Alexander and Ron Dennis, executive chairman of the McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive pay tribute to team founder Bruce McLaren, McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, UK, June 2, 2010. © McLaren Tyler Alexander and Ron Dennis, executive chairman of the McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive pay tribute to team founder Bruce McLaren, McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, UK, June 2, 2010. © McLaren Bruce McLaren (NZL) McLaren M7A took his first Formula One victory in six years and the first victory for his McLaren team. Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, 9 June 1968. World © Phipps/Sutton McLaren Directors, L to R: Bruce McLaren (NZL), Tyler Alexander (USA), Teddy Mayer (USA) and Phil Kerr (NZL) McLaren Factory, Colnbrook, England, 1970. World © Phipps/Sutton

McLaren marked the 40th anniversary of the death of team founder Bruce McLaren on Wednesday at their Woking headquarters. McLaren, who won four Grands Prix, died on June 2, 1970 while testing a McLaren Can-Am car at Goodwood.

The entire company gathered outside the McLaren Technology Centre for a minute’s silence during the afternoon. The silent tribute was followed by a much noisier homage as they revved the 8.0-litre Chevrolet V8 in the back of one of the team’s classic M8D Can-Am cars.

Tyler Alexander, who worked with McLaren during those early years, was in attendance, as was Ron Dennis, executive chairman of the McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive.

“The 40th anniversary of Bruce McLaren’s death gives us the opportunity to reflect on his legacy, and to appreciate just how much of his original vision still lives on within our team,” said McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh. “Bruce made his name not only as a skilled and disciplined racing driver, but also as a pragmatic engineer with the inspiration, vision and determination to take on and beat the greatest teams in motorsport.

“It’s an ethos that still holds true to this day, and one which Ron was careful to foster and promote when he assumed control of the team in 1980. Through Ron’s guidance and stewardship, McLaren remains a company that is passionate about technology and engineering, and which is set apart by its keen sense of competition, attention to detail and desire to be the best.

“Bruce’s values have seen us maintain a winning legacy throughout six decades of competition, and have rewarded us with victories in the Formula One world championship, the North American Can-Am series, the Indy 500, Formula 5000 and the Le Mans 24 Hours. Winning will always be central to the McLaren DNA. We are honoured to uphold the McLaren name. And, for many millions of people around the world, the name McLaren is motor racing - there can be no greater testament to Bruce than that.”