take that extra risk' Bruce
McLaren's commentary on racing.
In the beginning, 1966, it was Chaparral,
Lola, Porsche, and McLaren. Founded in 1966 by Burce Mclaren,
McLaren Cars entered Can-Am racing for two reasons: The first
was the prize money; The second was the prize money. Throughout
their reign the Mclarens won more Can-Am races and sold more cars
to other teams than any other constructor.
Bruce McLaren started his own car company
so that he could build and race his own car in Formula 1. But
the money was so good in Can-Am that he went after that series
also. The money McLaren Cars earns from winning Can-Am races and
selling Can-Am cars greatly eased his efforts in building and
winning Formula 1 races and the Formula 1 Constructor's cup.
In 1966 McLaren Cars wasn't all that successful
in Can-Am but they learned from the experience and corrected the
problems. In 1967 they dominated Can-Am. Same thing in 1968. Again
in 1969. Four-peat in 1970. And in 1971 someone other than Denis
Hulme or Bruce McLaren won the Can-Am championship. Only thing
was it was Peter Revson driving for McLaren Cars.
Porsche got their act together in 1972
by turning over the factory cars to Penscke Racing and that was
that for McLaren Cars and the Can-Am championship. At the end
of the 1972 Can-Am series McLaren Cars quit Can-Am and from that
point forward concentrated on Formula 1.
I'm a firm believer that McLaren is where
it is today because of the success they had in Can-Am. To view
the history of McLaren Racing in the Can-Am series go to the McLaren
web site and click on History and then Can-Am. This site now
uses frames and we can't give you the exact web address.
Because of the redesign of the McLaren
website this quote is no longer available. So here is part of
what was said about "McLaren's Aluminium Sidings."
The steamroller success of McLaren in
CanAm sports car racing was largely financing the troubled Formula
One programme in 1966 and 1967, and Bruce McLaren and team director
Teddy Mayer were earnestly door-stepping large corporations
in the United States trying to encourage a commercial association
with the team's ongoing success.
Here is a site dedicated to Bruce
McLaren. This site also has plently of information on the
McLaren Can-Am cars, racing history of McLaren at Can-Am, and
magazine articles from the period.
This site is dedicated to Denis
Hulme. In 1992 he suffered a fatal heart attack while at the
wheel of a BMW M3 during the Bathurst 1000 in Australia. He was
56. Read a special
tribute to Denny Hulme on the tenth anniversary of his death.
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