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    thanks to our local video shop for having a copy of the
    recent doco McLaren, made by Kiwi Roger Donaldson -
    who made The World's Fastest Indian - it's a terrific overview
    of Bruce's life and work. I was a fan since, as a 17 year old, standing
    at the edge of Peter's corner at Sandown in 1964, taking photos of
    the Tasman cars as they hammered into that tight corner leading onto
    the back straight. and was there when the Coventry-Climax four in
    Bruce's Cooper (designed and partly built by him) quietly dropped a rod.
    only 32 when he died, he achieved an amazing amount.
    recommended viewing.
    as is tonight's Dutch TT from Assen. yes, I know there's an F1 race on, but
    the moto gp is real racing, about a third of a second covering the first ten
    on the starting grid.

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    Castlemaine - does Theatre Royal still have videos? Got myself a fantastic education in film there (and, earlier, a projectionist traineeship but that's even further off topic)
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    Agree, a very good documentary. You can see a trailer here.

    I stumbled across this - appropriately enough - on an Air New Zealand flight last year. I'd known very little of the McLaren story and found this film fascinating, and very sad: both the ending (his fatal crash), and sadness at the impact of his driven personality on his family.

    Well worth watching. (I'd thought it was on Netflix - but now cannot see it there ... )

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    Quote Originally Posted by fnqvmuch View Post
    Castlemaine - does Theatre Royal still have videos? Got myself a fantastic education in film there (and, earlier, a projectionist traineeship but that's even further off topic)
    gee, a long time since the Theatre Royal kept videos.
    happily, it is still thriving, under newish youthful management,
    good selection of films showing, and does well with quality live music.
    the remaining video shop in Castlemaine closed down a year or two ago
    but, also happily, was immediately resurrected by a woman who is doing
    a great job with it.

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    it was thirty-plus years i guess. Ian I can't find it on my netflix - is a VPN necessary?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fnqvmuch View Post
    it was thirty-plus years i guess. Ian I can't find it on my netflix - is a VPN necessary?
    Oh dear, I'd thought it was on Netflix - but now cannot see it there ...

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    Bruce came from the school of Brabham, as did Gurney. They were with Black Jack in his early years and no doubt his can do attitude inspired them. I believe only those three ever built and won F1 races with cars of their design.

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    The Mclaren family garage that is featured in the documentary has been renamed but is still operational in Remuera, Auckland.
    Amazing how times have changed : in Bruce Ms day there was no money in F1. They used the money from Can-Am racing to subsidise their F1 program.
    Nostalgia.....aahh It's not what it used to be

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    Quote Originally Posted by lozenge View Post
    thanks to our local video shop for having a copy of the
    recent doco McLaren, made by Kiwi Roger Donaldson -
    who made The World's Fastest Indian - it's a terrific overview
    of Bruce's life and work. I was a fan since, as a 17 year old, standing
    at the edge of Peter's corner at Sandown in 1964, taking photos of
    the Tasman cars as they hammered into that tight corner leading onto
    the back straight. and was there when the Coventry-Climax four in
    Bruce's Cooper (designed and partly built by him) quietly dropped a rod.
    only 32 when he died, he achieved an amazing amount.
    recommended viewing.
    as is tonight's Dutch TT from Assen. yes, I know there's an F1 race on, but
    the moto gp is real racing, about a third of a second covering the first ten
    on the starting grid.
    I used to watch Bruce and a very good Kiwi driver Jim Palmer at Warwick Farm in the Tasman series days. I was a keen follower of Palmer who had partial vision in one eye and had no apparent problem with depth perception, apex's and braking distance against the likes of a young Jackie Stewart or other F1 stars of the day. I watched that Assen race last night and have to agree that the racing in Moto GP makes current F1 "racing" appear very boring and ordinary. The F1 race was won by pit strategy whereas the Moto GP was a real race with bumping elbows and forceful wheel to wheel controlled aggression start to finish, no need for pit stops, safety cars (real or virtual) to make the racing entertaining.
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    thanks for this, Bustamif, yes, I remember Jim Palmer too, a very precise driver.
    moto gp is always good, but the Assen race was outstanding,
    extraordinary racing, and about 100 overtaking manouvres,
    ie probably more than a year of F1.

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    Found it on the "Stan" platform tonight.
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