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Blast from the past: the best McLaren stage ever

As Rétromobile Paris is approaching, I will recall some of the best moments of the shows of recent years. This noble classic car show is one of my favourite automotive events, it is essentially the Paris Motor Show with classic cars.

One of the absolute highlights was a stage brought together by Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille to honor its racing partner, McLaren. The stage took the visitors on a journey through the finest hours of the iconic British racing team and automaker McLaren.

The stage begins with the record of Bruce McLaren, who became the youngest ever racer in the history of Formula One (22 years and 80 days) to win a race. His record stood until 2003 (one of the few that Michael Schumacher did not break).

The organisers brought together two iconic Formula 1 champion cars, a McLaren Ford and a Honda (one earned a title with Hunt and the other with Senna) and the first McLaren Formula 1 racing car (the 1966 M2B).

The stage featured race cars from many many series, like the McLaren F1 competition version (that also won Le Mans in 1995) and the fateful Canam car, (the 1970 McLaren M8D) in which Bruce McLaren lost his life in Goodwood.

The right corner of the stage hosts a few exotics of the current McLaren line-up, the 570 and the P1.

In the previous posts, I recalled the impressive stage of DS, showcasing half a dozen presidential limousines and parade cars, and the celebration of the 120th anniversary of Renault. The 2019 event is less than a week away, if you happen to be in Paris, it’s a must see.

A non-partisan yet active car-maniac.