This documentary will alternate between the two stories, intertwining past and present. It will begin by outlining the conception of Adrian’s affinity for all things motorsport, racing and construction. Using both professional archived footage and personal videos and films, we will learn how Adrian went from building his own racing car as he could not afford to buy one, to heading one of the most successful racing car production companies in the world, gaining am admirable reputation for winning the first race of every category it entered, while winning more than 150 championships at home and overseas, from Formula Ford, Formula 2000, Formula 3, Formula 3000 to the 1995 and 1996 Indycar world Series Constructors and Drivers titles.
The documentary will explore the pioneering design approaches developed by Adrian and the team at Reynard Racing Cars Ltd that would revolutionize the world of motorsport and shock established elite competitors Van Dieman, March, Ralt, Lola, Panoz, Ford and Penske. The conflict and adversity which pervaded the company and the motorsport world will be discussed, from top talent leaving to rival teams (and with them Reynards ideas), tragic accidents, bittersweet ventures into Formula 1 and the companies eventual bankruptcy with the loss of 120 jobs, and with it an abrupt and devastating end for Adrian after 30 years of blood, sweat and tears.
We will interview a range of notable figures from Adrian’s life; friends, family, former employees (many of whom have gone on to become Technical Directors and Chief Engineers of Formula 1 teams), past drivers who made their name in a Reynard racing car and the team owners who either bought or fought them.
One might presume that there are few thrills left for the 70-year-old engineer, but they couldn’t be further from the truth. This documentary will highlight Adrian’s current goal of designing a motorcycle that he will ride to break the 250cc APS-BF World Speed Record. For the viewer, this is an uplifting story about how passion, courage and hard work can pay off in remarkable ways. It will demonstrate the power of tenaciously pursuing that which excites you, and the importance of nurturing your innate childlike sense of curiosity and adventure throughout your life. We aim to portray Adrian’s inspirational journey as that of a man who wholeheartedly followed his dreams, and continues to do so with the same momentum as when he first started dreaming and creating.
The essence of this documentary could be summed up with two of Adrian’s favourite quotes; one from his role model Bruce McLaren: “It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one's ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.” and the other his own. “Dreams and drawing paper are cheap.”