Before practice for the 1962 Monaco Grand Prix, Robert Daley wandered across the grid before Race Director Louis Chiron released the cars. This portrait of Bruce McLaren in his factory Climax-powered Cooper 60 shows the famed young New Zealander’s relaxed calmness as he looked over at Daley’s camera.
McLaren would do well in this practice session, earning the position on the outside of the front row of the grid next to Graham Hill’s BRM and Jim Clark’s Lotus, albeit a full second slower than Clark. Then race itself was something of a demolition derby. The start was total chaos, leading to three retirements at the first corner, the Gasworks hairpin. Of the 16 starters, only five were running at the finish with the fifth place car (Joakim Bonnier’s factory Porsche) being eight laps down. McLaren had been trailing Graham Hill’s BRM until the BRM failed with but eight laps remaining, handing the win to McLaren ahead of the fast-closing Ferrari of Phil Hill.
This was the first Cooper Grand Prix victory since Jack Brabham’s 1960 Championship year when he won both the F1 and F2 titles for John Cooper’s Surbiton team. McLaren soldiered on with Cooper for another three seasons until he had established his own company, Bruce McLaren Motor Racing. The new team had its first F1 successes in 1968, but was perhaps as well known for their CanAm sports-racing cars. It was in one of these that Bruce McLaren was killed while testing at Goodwood in June 1970.
Photo by Robert Daley ©The Klemantaski Collection.