The 1970s was an exciting time for Formula One, but it was also one of the deadliest era’s of motorsport. Notably one of the famous drivers of the day was Bruce McLaren who sadly lost his life at Goodwood on 2 June 1970.
The WMRAC Benevolent Fund was established to help wives and girlfriends repair their shattered lives in the event of a tragedy, through financial and moral support. It helped anyone connected to motor racing, whose circumstances had altered through accident or illness.
Goodwood was a dangerous circuit in this days and ended Moss’s F1 career in 1962 as well as taking the life of Bruce McLaren during a Can-Am test in on June 2 1970. Bruce McLaren died (aged 32) when his M8D Can-Am car crashed on the Lavant Straight just before Woodcote corner at Goodwood. He had been testing his new M8D when the rear body work came adrift at speed at the last lap of planed test day. The loss of aerodynamic downforce destabilized the car, which spun, left the track and hit a bunker used as a flag station. He was only 32 years old.
Bruce McLaren’s record as youngest Grand Prix winner stood for 44 years.