Formula 1 documentaries are coming thick and fast to our local cinema screens, with Universal Pictures releasing a trailer of McLaren, which tells the life story of Bruce McLaren.

The documentary is directed by New Zealand director Roger Donaldson, notable for a number of films including such titles as The Bounty (1984), Cadillac Man (1990), Species (1995), Dante’s Peak (1997), The World’s Fastest Indian (2005) and The Bank Job (2008).

The documentary charts McLaren’s efforts to build his own racing team, which has since gone on today to become one of the most successful constructors in Formula 1 history.

While the majority of the team’s success occurred in the wake of his sudden death in a testing accident in 1970, McLaren set the foundation for a, operating culture that endures to this day.

Known for his love of family, friends and co-workers, as well as his determination and talent behind the wheel, McLaren was lauded in the industry for his achievements.

The film features contributions from a number of his colleagues and contemporaries, including world championship-winners Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jackie Stewart and the late Sir Jack Brabham, who trail-blazed with McLaren in creating his own championship-winning team.

Universal Pictures is yet to official confirm a release date for the film, although on early impressions it looks like it will be well-received.

Image via Alchetron, video via Universal Pictures

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Richard Bailey

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