Bruce winning the 1964 Player’s 200 at Mosport Park in his Cooper-Oldsmobile, aka the Jolly Green Giant, his first V8 sports car and therefore the progenitor of McLaren's Can-Am dynasty. Previously it was Roger Penske’s Climax-powered Zerex Spl., made from a crashed Cooper F1 car.
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Fifty years ago, when people communicated on paper delivered by hand, her brother’s letters from far-off England would be eagerly opened and avidly read by the whole family back in Auckland.
Often flowing over half a dozen pages or more, Bruce’s back-slanted penmanship was casual, his phrasing newsy and chatty. Sometimes this trained engineer would clarify a point with a sketch: his diagnosis of carburetor trouble on a racing engine, or how a surgeon proposed to implant a “steel ball-ended thing” to repair his hip, damaged by Perthes Disease in his youth.
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