Author: Bruce McLaren, Hardbound, 278 Pages, ISBN: 9781910505144 - **October 2016 Evro Reprint**
Originally published in 1964, Bruce McLaren's autobiography From the Cockpit is a classic motor racing memoir. In his own words, McLaren describes his inspiring climb up the ladder of motor racing success, culminating in the inception of Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd in 1963.
After overcoming childhood illness, McLaren began competing with a modified Austin Seven and in 1958 became the recipient of New Zealand's first 'Driver to Europe' scheme.
Driving for Cooper, he won the 1959 United States Grand Prix to become the youngest Grand Prix winner at that time. His story covers the ups and downs of his life in Formula 1 to the end of 1963, from winning at Monaco in 1962 to crashing at the Niirburgring and ending up in hospital - where the idea for this book was born.
The book concludes with McLaren forming his own team, initially to run modified Cooper chassis, and going on to an emotional 'home' victory in the 1964 New Zealand Grand Prix.
Engaging to read, Bruce McLaren's book provides fascinating background to his accomplishments and unique insight into his character, charm and tenacity.