Among those paying their respects to McLaren were Formula 1 World Champions Sir Jack Brabham, John Surtees and Denny Hulme, Grand Prix heroes Stirling Moss, Innes Ireland, Peter Gethin and Howden Ganley, F1 team bosses John Cooper, Ken Tyrrell, Teddy Mayer and Rob Walker, Cosworth engines co-founder Keith Duckworth, stalwart McLaren designer Gordon Coppuck and team manager Alastair Caldwell, double World Champion Graham Hill’s widow Bette and sportscar ace David Piper.
And in what must have made for eerie and emotional scenes, Bruce’s long-time friend, team-mate and fellow Kiwi Hulme did some demonstration laps aboard an M8D, the car in which he had continued to fly the McLaren flag in Can-Am after the accident. In fact, Hulme won six races during the autumn of 1970 – at Watkins Glen, Edmonton, Mid-Ohio, Brainerd, Laguna Seca and Riverside – to secure his second title, thereby matching Bruce’s tally from 1967 and ’69.
Our thanks to Gary for capturing this important reunion and tribute to Bruce McLaren, a great friend to Goodwood then and always. We can only imagine the sort of impact this sort of gathering of greats would have had if the internet and its social-media spin-offs had been in full flow in 1992…
Photography by Gary Hawkins