Everybody knows that English motorcar manufacturers McLaren make some of the finest supercars money can buy, and continually enjoy growth in popularity thanks largely to their ongoing successes on the formula one track, having been one of the most awarded teams in the history of the sport. It might not be common knowledge to all however that the father of the brand, Bruce McLaren, was a bright eyed Kiwi lad who had already forged a reputation for himself as a champion driver, engineer, car designer and inventor, when he founded the eponymous McLaren team and badge in 1963, at the age of just twenty six.
Hailing from Auckland, Bruce was tragically killed in a crash just seven years later, but in his short-lived career had achieved more than most do in a lifetime, and left behind a legacy that lives on today in the form of the racing and production giant that bears his name. McLaren have decided it’s time to celebrate the roots of their success by taking fans on a nine day tour of New Zealand, starting in Auckland and then travelling to every corner of the country before finishing in Queenstown.
The tour also includes plenty of track time to really open up the engines and show off the circuit-born heritage of these beastly machines. Enthusiasts can supply their own McLaren or have one provided for them for an additional fee, either way the Epic New Zealand Tour 2016 promises to be an exhilarating way to absorb the famous natural beauty of NZ whilst getting some serious supercar mileage under the belt on long alpine roads that might as well have been made specifically for cars of this pedigree.