I'll admit that the sum total of my knowledge of motor sports is from the movies -- actually three movies -- Heart Like A Wheel, Days of Thunder, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. When The Hollywood Reporter announced that a biopic of Formula One racer Bruce McLaren was going into production, I needed to do a little investigating into the racing legend. McLaren was a native Kiwi who drove, designed, engineered, and invented some of the best F1's in the world. He overcame crippling childhood joint problems to become the youngest winner of a Formula One race, and the McLaren Mercedes Racing team continues to rack up wins 37 years after his death.
McLaren, who was killed in an auto testing accident in 1970, was posthumously inducted into both the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Lord of The Rings producer Barrie Osborne announced this $100 million project during the A1 Grand Prix race in New Zealand over the weekend. The film will shoot on location in New Zealand, Monaco, and the U.K. later this year, and will showcase some of McLaren's original cars. Hopefully, this film will be my chance to expand my knowledge of racing beyond Will Ferrell screaming, "help me Tom Cruise!" in his underwear.