In 2013, McLaren celebrated their 50th birthday, and in doing so, animated the history of the marque in Formula One. This Pixar-style series is wonderfully done, chock full of humor, history, and heritage. Touching on some of McLaren’s top F1 drivers and cars, we imagine you’ll be hard-pressed to not watch the entire series all the way through.
With a history that spans from early formula racers through saloon racing and into touring car championships, the United Kingdom has a rich heritage in motorsports. As such, they also have one of the premier historic racing venues in the world. Each year Goodwood hosts a handful of legendary vintage races and last year our photographer, Jonathan Szczupak, was there to capture the 73rd Members’ Meeting for us.
Perhaps synonymous with the Mclaren namesake itself is their iconic, burning and glowing Papaya Orange colorway. As one of the first cars uncovered on the fairways at Amelia Island, this particular 1969 Mclaren M6B/GT lit up the field. Despite having its cover pulled back, a blanket of dew and moisture still clung to the to the bodywork and lexan windows. Still, its lines danced and its color popped, lighting the way as the surrounding cars slowly but surely came out to play.
There’s not a gearhead on the planet over the age of 20 whom doesn’t hold some form of reverence for the McLaren F1 – during its time, it was unquestionably the greatest car the world had ever seen. It was faster and more advanced than any car before it, setting records that are still held to this day. The McLaren F1 was built to honor the late Bruce McLaren and his legacy – it was an exercise to build what could be considered the ultimate road car.
It was in 1985 that BMW decided to make a return to IMSA Grand Touring Prototype racing, otherwise known as the GTP series. After a single race with the aesthetically atrocious March 85G-7 to cap off Daytona and the ’85 season, BMW enlisted the help of March Engineering to build a set of ’86 season winners – the March 86G. The cars possessed what it took to become some of the best in GTP history – immense power, a featherweight chassis, and strong handling.