Bruce McLaren's last Formula 1 car
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Bruce McLaren's last Formula 1 car

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In 1970 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd was campaigning on three international racing fronts - which explains why the M14A wasn't the world-beater it could have been, says STUART CODLING

Bruce McLaren prided himself on the inventiveness and sheer industry of his small team. But by the turn of the 1970s, the strain was beginning to show as McLaren and team-mate Denny Hulme contested both the full Formula 1 championship and the US-based CanAm sportscar series, then added an Indianapolis programme to the company portfolio.

Lucrative though these peripheral activities were, they entailed a considerable division of labour in McLaren's busy industrial unit on David Road, Colnbrook, under the Heathrow flightpath. In 1968, Bruce had followed in the wheeltracks of his old Cooper team-mate Jack Brabham and won a grand prix in a car bearing his own name but, while the M7 family of F1 cars was neat and compact, development suffered for the dilution of resources - and Bruce's tendency to doggedly pursue his engineering flights of fancy.

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