McLaren, Bruce

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McLaren, Bruce Gender: M
Bruce Leslie McLaren
born on 30 August 1937 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )
Place Auckland, New Zealand, 36s52, 174e46
Timezone ONZT h11e30 (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 06°20' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 21°27 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 07°16'

Bruce McLaren
photo: Lothar Spurzem, license cc-by-sa-2.0


New Zealand born race-car champion in Canada-America 1967 and 1969; winner of the first U.S. Grand Prix, 1959; winner of the 1966 Le Mans 24-Hours (with Amon); winner of the 1967 Sebring 12 Hours (with Andretti).

Motor Racing was in McLaren’s blood. His dad drove petrol tankers before opening a Service Station in Remuera in late 1936, just before Bruce, his second child, was born. He had two sisters. As a kid he learned how to broadside around shop corners on two wheels of his tricycle, becoming a pest such as borrowing mechanics spanners just when they needed them to repair his "racing machine."

In 1946, Bruce was diagnosed with a hip joint problem, Perthes Disease, that had originated from a fall. He left school and spent two years in the Wilson Home in Takapuna on a Bradford Frame until 1949 when he was allowed to go home on crutches. He started correspondence school with a tutor and then in 1951 had his first year at Seddon Technical Memorial College with an Engineering Course.

His dad had always shown great skill in his motorcycle racing days and now was becoming very interested in Motor Car Racing. When he arrived at the garage one day with a truck full of boxes of spare parts and towing the "Austin Ulster," Bruce’s motor racing career began. His mum had to put up with dad and Bruce at her kitchen table covered in bits and pieces of the engine during meals.

He got his driver’s license at 15 and he carved out figure eights around the fruit trees in the back yard, his early and wonderful days of local hill climbs - Gymkhana’s - Sprint meetings. It was a great day when he was allowed to race his dad’s Austin Healey at Ardmore, then graduating to a Bob Tail Cooper. He was sponsored by racer Jack Brabham when he was selected as "Driver to Europe" by NZIGP Association. His next two years at University studies were put on hold and a new life started. Bruce left NZ on 3/15/1958 for England with his good friend and mechanic Colin Beanland and his first year driving for John Cooper of Cooper Cars as his "new boy." He returned to Auckland for Christmas and Motor Racing as No. 2 for Coopers - then back to England and Europe, coming home again late 1959 for another season of Motor Racing and catching up with the family.

By then, Bruce was dating Patricia Broad whom he had met at his sister's house and then again at a dance: they became engaged and were married on 12/09/1961. Their daughter Amanda was born on 11/20/1965. Needing a bigger house, they bought just what they needed close to his happy childhood home where he expected to settle when his race tour days were done.

Motor racing, with all its adventures and dangers, had become his life. He returned to New Zealand as often as he could to catch up all the family. He followed his dad’s example by investing in a Service Station at Te Atutu, a western suburb of Auckland - calling it Bruce McLaren Motors.

His last trip to Auckland was during the 1968 season. His folks had moved to Te Atatu South - so his dad could keep an eye on Bruce’s business and be close to his fishing grounds - he was an expert surf caster for beach fishing. Bruce saw his mom and dad on a visit to England in mid-1969 and was so very pleased to be able to make it a special trip for them in love and appreciation for their support.

He was not able to retire to his dream home with Patty. Bruce Leslie McLaren died at age 32 on 6/02/1970 while testing a Can Am Car at Goodwood. He was honored in West Auckland by having schools and memorials named after him and was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall Of Fame in 1991 and the New Zealand

Hall of Fame

"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 ones ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone." (Bruce McLaren, August 30, 1937 - June 2, 1970).

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1946 (Perthes Disease, hip-joint problem, two years institutionalized)
  • Social : Begin a program of study 1951 (Seddon Technical college)
  • Family : Change residence 15 March 1958 (Left for England)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 9 December 1961 (Patricia Broad)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 20 November 1965 (Daughter Amanda born)
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  • Work : Prize 1966 (Le Mans Championship)
  • Work : Prize 1967 (Canadian-American championship)
  • Work : Prize 1967 (Sebring Championship)
  • Work : Prize 1969 (Canadian-American championship)
  • Work : Prize 1969 (U.S. Grand Prix)
  • Death by Accident 2 June 1970 (Racing crash, age 32)
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  • Work : Prize 1991 (Inducted into International Motorsports Hall of Fame)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Garth Carpenter in his "Aspects of Astrology," from McLaren personally.


  • Traits : Personality : Aggressive/ brash (Need for speed)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Bone (Perthes Disease, femur head changes)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Institutionalized (Two years treatment for hip)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of three, only boy)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Hazardous work
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (International competitions)
  • Personal : Death : Accidental (Racing crash)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Service station)
  • Vocation : Sports : Race Cars (Formula 1 pro, champion)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (International Motorsports Hall of Fame)
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Numerous)