Bruce McLaren documentary shows humble beginnings of global legend

Bruce McLaren will always be remembered as a true Kiwi pioneer; building a motor racing empire from humble beginnings in a garden shed.

A film documenting his unique story hits cinemas this Thursday, but kicked off with a premiere at Sylvia Park on Tuesday evening. 

Many turned out tonight to honour the car maker, including Jan McLaren, Bruce Mclaren's sister.

She told Newshub that the documentary is something the family has "dreamed of for years". 

Ms McLaren said she wants viewers to take away the message of "dream, achieve, believe". 

"It's so relevant for all areas of life not just motorsports." 

Mr McClaren has gained global recognition for producing some of the most sophisticated cars on the market. 

Documentary director Roger Donaldson says the key is showing his humble beginnings at a service station in the Auckland suburb of Remuera.

"Everybody's heard of the McLaren car, but nobody quite realises that its beginnings of this company was this New Zealand guy - Bruce McLaren. And the logo on the front of the car is actually a kiwi," he told Newshub. 

Mr McLaren kicked off his career with the Cooper Car Company in the UK. At just 22 he became the youngest driver ever to win a Formula 1 World Championship race.

"You couldn't find a better example of Kiwi ingenuity than Bruce McLaren," says Mr Donaldson. 

Eventually he formed his own car company, earning the loyalty and respect of his peers - many of whom feature in Donaldson's documentary.

The movie follows his short, but fulfilling life, meeting those closest to him and explaining his compelling, and uniquely Kiwi story.