The Bruce McLaren Trust
The Bruce McLaren Trust was publicly launched at Wings & Wheels, Whenuapai, Auckland in March 1997. In July 1990 a small memorial trust had been formed to honour Bruce. Upon its closure in 1995, it was realised by the McLaren family and Ross Jensen that there was a need to form a permanent trust. Therefore in response to repeated demands to commemorate Bruce McLaren’s achievements and honour him as one of New Zealand’s international heroes, the new Trust was formed by Ross Jensen and Bruce’s younger sister Jan McLaren. The overall purpose of the Bruce McLaren Trust is to be a living working memorial to Bruce McLaren and the McLaren Team heritage. Bruce McLaren was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1937 and was killed tragically whilst testing one of his cars at Goodwood circuit, England in June 1970. From the young school boy with Perthes Disease, strapped to a metal frame at the Wilson Home in Takapuna, Auckland, to a world class international motor racing driver, engineer and designer whose name is still used in Formula 1 motor racing today, is a remarkable achievement. With fellow New Zealanders, Denny Hulme and Chris Amon, Bruce took on the might of the international motor racing world and triumphed with enormous success. It was all about team work and there is no doubt that Bruce and his team did for New Zealand and New Zealand motorsport in the 1960s and 1970s what Sir Peter Blake and Team Black Magic have done for New Zealand and New Zealand yachting today.
1 week ago
On Wednesday 31st of July we welcomed members of the Austin Healey, Lotus and Morgan car clubs to the Heritage Centre. We talked about the different cars here in the shed and the memorabilia in the cabinets as well as the trophies upstairs, sharing the knowledge of NZ's rich history of motorsport. Thanks for your support. David & Zeta ... See MoreSee Less
Oh, ba and humbug, missed out on this one but great to see what looks like a lot of interest from fellow petrolheads.
What town are you in?
Some of that stuff, if it is still there, was donated by me...
2 weeks ago
It was our pleasure to be asked by the Production Race Series if they could hold their AGM and Prize Giving at the Heritage Centre. So last Sunday we welcomed about 40 people and gave them an overview of the collections, cars and memoribilia, thanks for visiting.. Production Race Series - New Zealand ... See MoreSee Less
Trophy of the month for August 2019
A gold medallion presented to Bruce McLaren for winning the Road America round of the Can-Am series on 31st August 1969.
He was driving the McLaren M8B high wing. Bruce would dominate the series that year winning six of the eleven races to claim the series win for 1969, with the McLaren team winning all eleven races.
Bruce celebrated his 32nd birthday the day before on the 30th, so a great present to win at the famous road course around Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. ... See MoreSee Less
We are closed today Sunday 29 July from 12 to 2 due to a Special Event. Production Race Series prize giving here at the Heritage Centre. Back open after 2pm.
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The evolution of the McLaren Formula 1 steering wheel over six decades.
From analogue to digital, from pit signals to two way communication, paddle shift and drinks all at the push of a button.
We have a signed Emerson Fittipaldi M23 steering wheel here on display at the Heritage Centre. ... See MoreSee Less
Trophy of the month July 2019
Bruce in his McLaren M7C Formula 1 car at the British Grand Prix held at Silverstone on 19th July 1969, were he finished third.
The trophy for third place was The Fred Craner Memorial Trophy “Mercury” on a plinth – a brass figure - 13½” high.
Fred Craner was Secretary of the Derby & District Motor Club and the force behind the Donington circuit which opened in the 1930’s.
Silverstone was built around a WWII airfield in 1948, 14 miles south-west of Northampton and has undergone several changes in layout. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago
Trophy of the month for June celebrates the win at the Players 200 sports car race held at Mosport in Canada. The 5th June 1964 meeting was the first race for Bruce in the Zerex Special – Cooper Oldsmobile, which he won, and set fastest lap. Starting life as a Formula 1 single seat Cooper and latter changed to a sports car by Roger Penske. Bruce purchased the car and had Tyler Alexander and Wally Willmott change the chassis and install a bigger 3.9 V8 engine. The work was done in a dirt floor earth moving machinery shed in New Malden. The time frame was six days to work on the car before shipping to Canada so long hours got the job done. The 11 1/2 inch platter has the car engraved and is on display at the Bruce McLaren Heritage Centre. ... See MoreSee Less
I was there....very impressive!
the story was they ran out of time to make a proper exhaust and just popped it out the top of the body work!
Front cover of official programme from that race, on 6th June 64
How can we tag Roger Penske in this?
It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of two of the men who worked with Bruce McLaren. Robin Herd in the UK and Wally Willmott in NZ. Our thoughts are with their families and friends. David & Zeta. ... See MoreSee Less
Wrench in Piece Wal.. R.I.P Robin Herd... Legends. Arohanui Te W'anau. Gone and never forgotten
So sad to hear about this, RIP in the great racetrack above.
RIP guys very sad news indeed
Very sad to hear, Great men both of them.
a couple of legends will be missed
Waitematā District Health Board
Today is the anniversary of Kiwi motor racing legend Bruce McLaren’s death. Check out our little video tribute to Bruce and his special link to our DHB. Our thanks to the Bruce McLaren Heritage Centre for permitting the use of the historic images in our clip. ... See MoreSee Less
McLaren M12 Toyota last day to view is Today Monday 3rd we are open 10am to 4pm 🏁☺ ... See MoreSee Less
Stunning car in every respect. Perfectly restored by the master Duncan Fox.
Today we remember the passing of Bruce McLaren on 2nd June 1970. One of New Zealand’s greatest motorsport legends.
Pictured below is Bruce McLaren in the German GP at Nurburgring 5th August 1962 driving a Cooper T60 where he finished fifth. ... See MoreSee Less
Loved cousin a humble man , who's success never changed him . Memories of his visits to our parents farm especially that laugh .
Found this today (Weekly News, Jan 1964) Wonderful memories and what a legacy!
Thanks for the memories Bruce,RIP.
I remember that morning, we had torrential rain and our news paper was soaked and Bruce was on the front page.
Great pic. He had had a close shave at the same venue a year later. One of his very few incidents.
One of my prized models of Bruce’s winning cars
Thinking of you Amanda xx
McLaren M12 Toyota has arrived we are expecting alot of happy visitors over the next 5 days 🏁🏁 ... See MoreSee Less
We are honored to be able to offer you a "Special Viewing" of the newly restored Toyota McLaren M12, we have this car for only 5 days before it is sent overseas to its permanent home.
Please RSVP your interest to email@example.com ... See MoreSee Less
This car looks absolutely amazing in person and in my opinion, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a car like this in the flesh Duncan Fox you are incredibly talented we are all in awe of you and so proud to see the masterpiece you have created over the past years, with every single detail finished to an absolute T
Would love to and bring some Mclaren cousins and descendants
Emailed now 🙂
From yesterdays test session
Great looking car!
When is the viewing window? The next 5 days or later? Weekend? Thanks
My goodness that M12 is hormone inducing.😈😈
Bruce McLaren Heritage Centre - what email address do we send this to, sorry?
David Wood, Joanne Wood, Dianne Wilson, Melissa Lockerbie, Josh Anderson
Henk Bruekers interesting car
Philip Cheer damnn
The race was on the 22nd of May 1966On this day in 1966, McLaren Racing made its F1 debut at the Monaco Grand Prix with founder Bruce McLaren behind the wheel.
What a journey it has been! 🧡 #FearlesslyForward ... See MoreSee Less
True Fact: The movie, "Grand Prix," was filmed during the 1966 Formula One season. Director John Frankenheimer needed a team to play the part of the "Yamura Motors" team. They chose the fledgling McLaren team, hence the white-and-blue "Yamura" cars "winning" all those races, and eventually the "world championship."Another fact about that movie: The star, James Garner, who played "Peter Arons," wore a helmet with Chris Amon's red-and-blue on white colour design.
Monaco again this weekend 👍 Let's hope McLaren do something a kin to this 🤨
So sad to see the current team in a state of disarray
look how empty the harbour was then!
Trophy of the Month
Large Copper Jug with handle
Bruce & Tony Maggs driving for John Ogiers Essex Racing Team, this was a 1000km sportscar endurance race.
They finished 2nd driving an Aston Martin DRB1 at Nurburgring
Gestiflet Von Der D.A.S. V111 Internatioinales ADAC 1000km Rennen – 27 May 1962 - (words on trophy)
(ADAC translated is General German Automobile Club) ... See MoreSee Less
John Ogier was a colourful chap. He was a chicken farm magnate with country estate. When he was Major Ogier in WW2 he worked in Churchill's war department. At dinner one evening at a race meeting he plonked two bottles of wine on the table. Someone went to pour themselves a drink, Ogier grabbed the bottles, with a robust '"eff off, those are mine , get your bloody own". 🧐
4 months ago
What a fantastic day we have had with 2 very different car clubs come to visit us here at The Heritage Centre, the Humber Hillman Car Club and the Mazda MX5 Club of NZ, as well as several visitors from the UK and Australia.
It was great to hear their stories about watching Bruce, Denny and Chris racing in NZ and abroad.
We are so proud to be a destination on our overseas visitors list and for car clubs to include us during their days outing. ... See MoreSee Less
Bruce McLaren Heritage Centre is feeling happy.
4 months ago
Easter Hours - Yes we are OPEN Friday - Saturday And Sunday. From 10 till 3pm. Other days and times can also be arranged - please get in touch. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago
1969 Riverside - the year that McLaren cars won all 11 races and Bruce McLaren the Championship#DriverArea ... See MoreSee Less
I remember that year. I was a kid back then, and on my birthday, I got to attend the Mid-Ohio Can-Am race. Wonderful memories of watching "The Bruce and Denny Show."
The Trophy of the Month.
This month is the "Goodwood Ton' . Presented to Bruce for averaging 'the ton' 100 mph around the 2.4 mile Goodwood race track driving a Cooper T 55 in the Glover Trophy Race. Bruce finished second with Graham Hill the winner. The British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) event held on Easter Monday April 23rd 1962 was a Non Championship Formula 1 race.
The trophy is engraved 'Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 103.6 mph. Easter Monday 23rd April 1962.
Bruce in car 4.
The trophy is 3 inches high, silver pyramid over wooden base. ... See MoreSee Less
Trophy of the month.
The Craven Filter Trophy for the Sandown International in Australia on the 11th of March 1963. This was a race for Formula Libre cars and Bruce put his Cooper T62 on pole as well as winning the 60 lap or 190km race. The trophy picture is from the Bruce McLaren Scrapbook. ... See MoreSee Less
A One Million Can-Am dollars publicity cheque sent to us from Pennsylvania by Rich McConnell has a permanent home in the Trophy Room. Thanks Rich.
The signature in red on the second line is Sir Stirling Moss. ... See MoreSee Less