The Number 47

We get asked all the time why we use the number 47, and it always fills us with pride to reply that it is to pay homage to Bruce McLaren and the work of the Bruce McLaren Trust. Bruce McLaren is a New Zealand legend of mo-torsport who encompassed all of the qualities we would like to instill in our own team mem¬bers. Bruce had a marked limp, which arose from experiencing Legg-Perthes disease at the age of 10. At the age of 15 Bruce entered his first com-petition which was a Hillclimb at Muriwai after restoring an Austin 7 Ulster.

Every year the team looks back at [Bruce's] life to find inspiration when the going gets tough.

The best thing we know about Bruce is that he was not only a driver but an engineer and designer. During a testing session he noticed the oil filler access door, behind the radiator, was flapping up and down as he drove. After realizing that the handling had improved as the air flowed into the open flap, he pulled into the pits and instructed his mechanic to grab a pair of shears, and cut out the bodywork around the access flap. Climbing back in the car, he immediately began turning lap times faster than before. Early aerodynamics was born. Bruce was famous for his meticulous hard work and his drive to find perfection in his garage and on the track. Every year the team looks back at his life to find inspiration when the going gets tough. The feats that the man achieved at such a young age are marvelous to say the least. He changed the way drivers and teams tested and tuned their cars and brought New Zealand to the forefront of the world of motorsport. We are honoured to be able to run the number 47 and the original Bruce McLaren Motor Rac¬ing logo of such an inspirational figure and we are ever thankful to the Bruce McLaren Trust for their support since our founding in 2004. For more information about the work of the Bruce McLaren Trust, visit their website www.bruce-mclaren.com

To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one’s ability. For I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone. - Bruce McLaren