Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: California, USA
Very nice capture - thanks for sharing it with myself and the 70+ other people who clicked on this thread but didn't offer any response.
Appears that you were lucky to see it prior to Auberlen literally tearing up the car with an off-track excursion in Turn 1 sometime on Thursday. Hopefully they get it back to MSO Heritage for some proper repairs as the clear tape that was holding much of the bodywork together when I saw the car on Friday and Sunday were unbecoming of the prestige of a McLaren F1.
This is GTR 17R which raced twice in 1996 - once at Silverstone in the 4 Hour BPR Global GT event finishing in 4th and then again at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it finished 8th overall. It has remained with BMW USA since new and is part of their Motorsport Heritage collection. Prior to the incident at Laguna most of its visible scars were original as it has never been restored.
Andy Wallace on the McLaren F1 after setting the 240.1 MPH speed record at Ehra Lessien on March 31st 1998:
"I still say this is the best car ever built, ever, and probably will never be beaten."