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McLaren celebrate 50 years

Monday 02-September-2013 10:17

McLaren are celebrating 50 years this Monday with Ron Dennis highlighting the team's "undiminished hunger" to win.

The team began back in 1963 when 26-year-old Bruce McLaren founded the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Limited in in New Malden, Surrey.

McLaren made its Formula One debut at the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix and went on to win 12 Drivers' titles and eight Constructors' Championships while taking 182 grand prix wins.

"McLaren started as the dream of one man, and it's since grown to encompass the hopes and dreams of more than 2000 men and women, who work as tirelessly as Bruce McLaren himself once did to ensure that everything we do reflects well when compared with everything we've ever achieved," said Dennis, the McLaren Group chairman.

"So, our 50th anniversary provides an opportunity for every single McLaren employee to realise that he or she is an utterly crucial part of an organisation with a history and a culture that really mean something.

"Call it McLaren's DNA, if you like. Call it McLaren's brand continuity, if you prefer. Call it McLaren's corporate culture, if you will. Call it McLaren's undiminished hunger to win in everything we do, and you'd probably be getting closest to what I mean, what I think, and what I feel."

Jenson Button, who joined McLaren in 2010, applauded the team's longevity and success in Formula One, saying he is proud to race for the British team.

"I've never hidden my pride at being a McLaren driver. I grew up watching this team achieving great things with Ayrton Senna and my racing hero, Alain Prost. And I firmly believe this team will be great again; this is an organisation you can never discount - their appetite for winning is unlike anything I've ever seen and, rest assured, we will be back at the front soon," said the Brit.

"For me, it's hugely gratifying to not only be at MTC on the actual day of the anniversary, but to spend time with the thousands of people who all work with such skill and enthusiasm to make McLaren great.

"Happy 50th birthday McLaren - you are an inspiration to everyone in motorsport."

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