Remembering Bruce McLaren 50 Years Later and My March 2, 2020 Discovery of My Lost B&W 1969 Can-Am Photographs

VF Orig. Print Signed by Photographer of Bruce McLaren, Turn 6, 10/26/1969, Riverside Raceway, CA

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Entitled "Full Tilt Bruce." Bruce (#4), full tilt at Turn 6, signaling passing, then passing wide. It was a classic natural move for him, swinging out around the slower Lola in front of him.

McLaren had the keys to both Turns 6 and 7 at Riverside International Raceway (RIR) and was notorious for passing wide on Turn 6. Turn 6 in the 60s and 70s was notorious for challenging drivers with its 180 degree bend starting off cambered inside and uphill, flattening out at the top of the angular curve and then turning into a slight cambered outside road at the tail of the turn: tricky.

This was his last race at Riverside. He did not finish (accident). Teammate Denny finished first in 1969 (#5), 1970 and 1971.

In June 1970, Bruce died in a mechanical failure accident testing a new Can Am car at Goodwood, UK, after accelerating to approx. 170 mph on the Lavant to Woodcote straightaway.

This year, 2020, is the 50th year since we lost Bruce. This year, 2020 (on March 2), is the year I was shocked to find, stuck in the corner of a box in storage, what I thought had been lost forever: most of the black and white 35mm film negatives from my photography of the 1969 and 1970 Can-Am Races at RIR.