The Gor­don Mur­ray show

De­signer to ex­hibit 50 years of his most ground-break­ing de­signs

Octane - - IGNITION NEWS - Words John Simister

IT’S HARD TO be­lieve that Gor­don Mur­ray has been de­sign­ing cars for half a cen­tury. But that’s the case, and an ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing in Novem­ber will tell the story through more than 40 cars that Mur­ray has de­signed or in­flu­enced.

The one-week ex­hi­bi­tion will open on 3 Novem­ber at Dunsfold, Sur­rey. Af­ter the ex­hi­bi­tion has fin­ished, the build­ing will be­come the new home of Gor­don Mur­ray De­sign, with space for de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion op­er­a­tions. The event will be by in­vi­ta­tion only, but Mur­ray’s web­site will host an on­line tour guided by the pro­fes­sor him­self.

Many of the cars re­side in pri­vate col­lec­tions spread all over the world, so gath­er­ing them to­gether has been, says Mur­ray, a huge lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenge. Added to that is the fact that al­most all the cars are one-offs, and their value is greatly en­hanced both by their rar­ity and, in many cases, by their race-win­ning pedi­gree.

Among the cars planned to ap­pear are the 1967 IGM Ford Spe­cial, ’78 Brab­ham BT46B ‘fan car’, cham­pi­onship-win­ning Brab­hams from 1981 and 1983, 1988 McLaren MP4/4, two McLaren F1s, 2013 Yamaha City Car and 2016 GVT OX. A new ve­hi­cle, said to be ‘ground-break­ing’, will also be re­vealed as the ex­hi­bi­tion is opened.

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