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Amanda McLaren
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How Bruce McLaren's death shaped more than just his F1 team

Last year McLaren celebrated its 60th birthday and Autosport enjoyed a special track test. But there’s also a more personal, family story to be told, of how Amanda McLaren rediscovered a love for motorsport after the death of her father, the eponymous company's founder

Tuesday, 2 June 1970 should have been like any other day; it was warm and sunny outside, a little girl played happily while her mother made plans for the evening. Her father had left home for work early but would be returning early too, allowing time to change before all three travelled to a friends’ house for dinner: the phone call that followed changed everything.

Amanda McLaren was just four years old when her father Bruce died in a testing accident at Goodwood. She remembers very little of that day, other than leaving the family’s Burwood Park home to still visit friends (as had been planned), and being given a new doll set, which surprised her, since it was neither her birthday, nor Christmas.

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