It's been 50 years since Bruce McLaren founded his now world-famous Formula One team. For half a century, the name has been at the forefront of racing and performance development, and to mark its golden anniversary, the company has crafted three short films. The first, titled simply "Courage," follows a fictionalized version of the team's founder as he recounts his brief life on the day of his death. At just under four minutes, the quick clip manages to succinctly capture the passion and drive not only of the man himself, but in the team he inspired.

The short film concludes with a few lines McLaren penned himself on the death of teammate Timmy Mayer.

"To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. Indeed, life is not measured in years alone, but in achievement." Amen. You can watch the full clip below for yourself.


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      JDam4131
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome video, just solidifies my passion for McLaren racing and their automotive, electronics, and applied sciences group.
      Dean
      • 1 Year Ago
      That, ladies, and gentlemen, is how it's done...
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          Chayil
          • 1 Year Ago
          Good grief, where do they dredge up people like you? Why don't you go back to your little, green, enviromentalist cave and stop peddling drivel like you posted? McLaren and other F1 teams are constrained by F1 rules. Thusly, they have to package and design everything around ever stifling rules that limits technological improvments. And FYI Mr. Know it all, the racing in 2012 was very safe and exciting, not only in F1 but in other motorsports. Sorry, but we are not ready yet for all electric racing. BTW, you do know that electric cars may be twice as bad regarding CO2 emissions, don't you? So, why don't you take your smugness and do a little research? Here is something to chew on: http://jalopnik.com/5949372/electric-vehicles-can-be-twice-as-bad-for-global-warming-so-stop-being-so-smug-you
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      Robert Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice film but poorly researched, he did not have an English accent. Their was going to be New Zealand film about his life.
        Jack
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robert Ryan
        You obviously don't know a New Zealand accent.
        vjusuf
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robert Ryan
        You're a glass half empty kind of person, aren't you?
        Chayil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robert Ryan
        Hello, anyone home? Bruce was from New Zealand, not England. If you can't tell the difference between the accents, then you need to be schooled. Bruce and Denny Hulme had quaint, New Zealand accents that fit nicely between the King's English of England and the laid back English of Americans. So sad to see such misinformed people typing before thinking.
          Robert Ryan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chayil
          Chayil Hello? Anyone there, THAT is what I was saying in my reply to the film. I an from Australia and my wife from NZ. Yes WE DO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.
          Robert Ryan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chayil
          Chayil, it is my point that it is an English narrator attempting to do a NZ accent for Bruce's voice over, whole point of my reply to this thread
      MV
      • 1 Year Ago
      The narrator of the video does have a New Zealand accent. Please research your accents before criticising.
        Robert Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MV
        No he does not. It is English narrator trying to do a New Zealand one. Bruce was interviewed in the US after a race and his accent (to my ears) is quite pronounced. A Lot of New Zealanders and Australians think Canadian and US mainstream accents are identical. You can pick his accent up quickly if you come from either Aus/New Zealand. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QyreqM0crw
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      its a great add so great people get wrapped up in his words because they are so full of passion... then u realize a dead guy cant film a commercial and its just the work of a great add agency. never the less its good.
      MikeWills
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well. That was brilliant.
      mix35
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fantastic
      Markus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice and poetic. Love the accompanying Hans Zimmer music..
      Doug
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very well done. Three short films.......and the other two are where?
      Robert Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bruce and Frank Matich collaborated on Bruce's first Sports car that he raced at Sydney's Warwick Farm. I spoke to Bruce and Frank in the paddock after the event. Frank Matich also made his own Sports Cars as well. Bruce then went to England to establish himself. It was nice to see the Legends at Warwick Farm during the Tasman races .another New Zealanders like Denny Hulme/ Chris Amon, Jack Brabham, Jimmy Clark, John Surtees(just then recently changed from racing bikes)Graham Hill and Jochen Rindt.
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