Watch the trailer for McLaren doco


The official trailer for McLaren – the incredible true story of Kiwi motor racing legend Bruce McLaren – has been released.

The newly released trailer offers rare footage and perspectives of the legendary racing champion, designer, engineer and founder of the iconic supercar that bears his name.

The special preview is accessible at

In addition, producers Gunpowder & Sky have announced the doco will be available in the via video-on-demand – in the US at least – starting August 25.

Preceding that national release will be a series of special event screenings, culminating with an August 18 showing during Monterey Car Week, the international collector car world’s preeminent annual event.

A fearless sportsman and a brilliant visionary engineer, Bruce McLaren became a superstar during the glamorous jet-set world of 1960s Formula One motor racing.

McLaren recounts the New Zealander’s life, from his humble beginnings at his father’s auto shop in Auckland, to revolutionising Formula One racing by becoming the youngest driver ever to win a Grand Prix – to his untimely death at 32.

Featuring interviews from his closest friends and family members, the documentary is an unprecedented window into the life of a true genius.

Directed by Roger Donaldson, McLaren was written by Matthew Metcalfe, Tim Woodhouse and James Brown, with Fraser Brown and Metcalfe producing.

The film was made by General Film Corporation and Universal Pictures in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, Images & Sound, The Giltrap Group and FB Pictures, with funding through the New Zealand Government’s Screen Production Funding Grant and financing from the ANZ Bank.

“In the automotive and motorsports worlds, Bruce McLaren was the true definition of the term ‘icon,’ as evidenced by his astounding accomplishments both on and off the racetrack” said Jake Hanly, Gunpowder & Sky’s VP of Acquisitions.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to bring this amazing story to U.S. audiences.”