McLaren: 50 Years of Racing, by Maurice Hamilton & Paul Fearnley
© Prestel (ISBN 9783791348131)

Whether you are a fan of McLaren the team or Bruce McLaren the man, the fiftieth anniversary of the team gives us much to celebrate in the pages of this elegantly designed tribute book that contains numerous historic and never-before-seen archive photographs.

Tracing Bruce McLaren’s early success on track, the book then follows his career as the engineer behind some of the world’s fastest cars before his untimely and tragic death testing one of his Can-Am cars in 1970.

Yet his incredible legacy of speed and performance remained and was built upon after his passing. Teddy Mayer continued the McLaren legacy as its new team principal, and faced the monumental task of rebuilding a devastated outfit. Their efforts were rewarded with the 1974 World Championship crown for Emerson Fittipaldi, and the team remained a frontrunner through the mid-1970s before a decline ultimately led to the takeover of the team by Ron Dennis. The rest, as they say, is history.

Featuring exclusive interviews with Patty McLaren-Brickett, Martin Whitmarsh, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, and Jenson Button – along with many other key members of the McLaren team across the decades – this unique, definitive, and beautiful book is one of the ultimate tributes to one of Formula 1’s most successful and longstanding teams.

Brilliantly written by veteran journalists Maurice Hamilton and Paul Fearnley – as well as being lavishly illustrated throughout – McLaren: 50 Years of Racing is a ‘must have’ for any die-hard McLaren fan.

McLaren: 50 Years of Racing is currently available at all leading book resellers. We recommend our friends at Automoto Bookshop, who can dispatch and ship worldwide – click here to order your copy.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.