"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; life is measured in terms of achievement, not in years alone."
These words are Bruce McLaren's, relayed eloquently through his trusted friend and secretary Eoin Young. The context was a philosophical reflection following the death of a McLaren racer, Timmy Mayer, whose Cooper hit a tree at the fearsome Longford road course in Tasmania.
Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd were in their infancy; Longford marked the final round of the first Tasman series of early 1964, with Bruce emerging as champion in the nascent team's maiden campaign.