Up close with McLaren’s icon

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

De­sign leg­end Gor­don Mur­ray, the man be­hind the McLaren F1, in­sisted on be­ing on hand to open the show and draw crowds to his ex­hi­bi­tion.

McLaren F1: The In­side Story was cu­rated by Mur­ray him­self in or­der to fully re­veal the true pas­sion and vi­sion be­hind the ground-break­ing car. Five F1s were set up in the Ex­CeL cen­tre, in­clud­ing two road cars, two GTRs and one GT ‘Long­tail’. The ve­hi­cles helped chron­i­cle the supercar’s ini­tial de­vel­op­ment as the world’s fastest car and then its trans­for­ma­tion into an en­durance racer ca­pa­ble of win­ning the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1995.

Gor­don Mur­ray says the driv­ing force be­hind the ex­hi­bi­tion was to give vis­i­tors a rare chance to see the 241mph supercar up close.

‘The McLaren hasn’t been cov­ered in enough de­tail and this show gives us the op­por­tu­nity to do it,’ he ex­plains. ‘Some £9000 worth of 24-carat gold foil went into the en­gine bay and peo­ple were able to see that up close.’

Gor­don Mur­ray with K50 BAT, the pro­to­type he’s had from new.

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