Your McLaren can be painted in Muri­wai


McLaren Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions (MSO), the be­spoke divi­sion of McLaren Au­to­mo­tive, has cre­ated a new colour that pays homage to the for­mer UK home of founder and Kiwi mo­tor-rac­ing icon Bruce McLaren: Muri­wai.

Muri­wai was the name the McLaren fam­ily gave to the home they built in Sur­rey, Eng­land in the late-1960s.

Muri­wai, west of Auck­land, was where McLaren won his first hill­climb, aged 15, at the wheel of an Ul­ster Austin; the car is still in McLaren’s her­itage col­lec­tion.

Bruce and wife Patty set­tled in Sur­rey af­ter he won a rac­ing schol­ar­ship which took him from New Zealand to Great Bri­tain in 1958.

Af­ter Bruce McLaren Rac­ing was es­tab­lished, daugh­ter Amanda was born. Fol­low­ing mod­est rental ac­com­mo­da­tion in nearby Sur­biton and Wey­bridge, the fam­ily built their dream home in Wal­ton-on-Thames. It was fin­ished in 1967.

MSO’s Muri­wai White colour con­tains blue flecks – an homage to the white­washed walls, deep blue doors and shut­ters of the Muri­wai house. It is be­ing show­cased on the 570S Spi­der, but will be ex­tended to other mod­els.

The colour was de­vel­oped by MSO and paint spe­cial­ist Ak­zoNo­bel, in con­sul­ta­tion with Amanda McLaren.

‘‘My mother Patty had been at a din­ner party with a palm reader, who told her she’d live in a big white house with blue doors and shut­ters,’’ re­calls Amanda.

‘‘Whether by des­tiny or de­sign, that is what tran­spired and Muri­wai was a place of pride for Bruce and com­fort to Patty years af­ter my fa­ther’s pre­ma­ture death in 1970 at the age of 32.

‘‘Muri­wai was al­ways spe­cial to my fa­ther; the ex­otic name as much as the house.’’

MSO can cre­ate vir­tu­ally any colour a client wants. As well as per­son­alised paint­work, MSO of­fers other en­hance­ment op­tions and takes be­spoke com­mis­sions for ul­tra-lim­ited or one-off mod­els.

Many MSO cus­tomers like to or­der ‘‘off the menu’’, but in this in­stance Muri­wai White is avail­able as an op­tion on any McLaren road car, with per­son­al­i­sa­tion be­yond the sig­na­ture paint­work ac­cord­ing to in­di­vid­ual re­quest.

The McLaren fam­ily’s for­mer home in Wal­ton-on-Thames is cur­rently on the mar­ket, priced at £2.1 mil­lion (NZ$4.1m).

New Muri­wai White McLaren colour pays homage to Kiwi great’s UK home.

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