For­mula 1 car up on dis­play

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One of the most suc­cess­ful F1 cars in his­tory will be dis­played at Hamp­ton Downs as part of the cel­e­bra­tion of 50 years since the For­mula 1 World Cham­pi­onship win by Denny Hulme in 1967.

The McLaren M23 will be on dis­play at the Bruce McLaren Her­itage Cen­tre, which is a mu­seum inside Hamp­ton Downs Mo­tor­sport Park.

The M23, which is powered by a Ford Cos­worth engine, won the World Cham­pi­onship for McLaren in 1974 and again in 1976.

Hulme is New Zealand’s only For­mula 1 world cham­pion.

The Bruce McLaren Her­itage Cen­tre will also dis­play a For­mula 2 Brab­ham as well as a gen­uine pair of Denny’s race overalls and mem­o­ra­bilia as­so­ci­ated with his rac­ing ca­reer.

Hulme’s rac­ing ca­reer started in New Zealand in an MG TF and he would go on to com­pete in 532 races with a 44% podium suc­cess rate. He started in 112 F1 Grand Prix and won eight. He also raced in For­mula Ju­nior, F2, at Le Mans and Nur­bur­gring, and in the leg­endary ‘‘Bruce and Denny Show’’ Can-Am se­ries win­ning 22 races and the cham­pi­onship twice.

The Bruce McLaren Her­itage Cen­tre will open the dis­play on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28 and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29 and will run for six weeks.

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