At just 22 years of age in 1959, Bruce McLaren won the American Grand Prix. It was over 40 years before a younger driver would win a Grand Prix race.
But Bruce McLaren was far more than a fast driver. In 1963, he purchased an Oldsmobile-powered Cooper known as the Zerex special. He campaigned it in the American Sports Car series. Over time he continuously modified the car, wringing everything he could out of it. Ultimately he decided it best to build a new spaceframe car of his own – the McLaren M1. When the M1 debuted at Goodwood in 1964, it was three seconds a lap faster than the next fastest car - a sign of things to come.