Cartoon clip shows McLaren's NZ origins

Last updated 10:58 30/07/2013

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McLaren has unveiled a digitally animated cartoon clip in honour of its New Zealand founder, Bruce McLaren.

Bruce McLaren cartoon characterAs part of the company's 50th anniversary, a series of animated clips - titled Tooned 50 - have been commissioned and the second of these screened for the first time in Britain overnight (NZ time).

It is said to feature Bruce McLaren's (and we not too sure about the Kiwi accent) early life in New Zealand in 1952 where "the 14-year-old discovers his passion for racing".

The feel-good cartoon shows a young McLaren attempting to modify a car - which resembles the modified Austin Seven built by his father as Bruce's first race car - to go 100 miles per hour (160kmh).

Despite a "rocky road", the young McLaren steadfastedly refuses to be put off by a series of setbacks and shows to one and all that Kiwis can fly.

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