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post #31 of 128 Old 07-04-2013, 07:29 PM
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I like your prose John,even though I don't quite understand it,but the passion is there like the rest of us.I think you have to have a different mind set to own a McLaren compared to your average supercar owner ,now everyone can tell me what that might be !!!
Thanks Andy, I'd like to say it's the beer and fireworks getting to me. Happy 4th to all the yanks, and warm wave to our friends abroad!
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post #32 of 128 Old 08-04-2013, 02:36 AM
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Seeing the F1 at the park lane showroom many years ago. Had of course seen pictures in various magazines previously but nothing quite like seeing the car in person as I don't think one really gets a sense of just how well the car is engineered/packaged without seeing it up close.
Me too! I was visiting the UK at the time and stopped in. I think I visited that showroom some several times over a few years just to gawk at it's beauty many times. What an amazing machine! One day I'd love to own one but it seems highly unlikely given how few there are remaining and how incredibly valuable they are now. That ship has likely sailed for me but the P1 is attainable and I hope it turns out to be even half as much of a classic for its time as the F1 is today.

Beyond the heritage and obvious engineering prowess, there are few things driving my current interest in the brand:

- Hearing that they upgraded MP4-12C cars as improvements were introduced - can you imagine Ferrari offering to do that?

- Seeing what a great car the MP4-12C is considering it is only their 3rd significantly produced road car and maybe really only their second considering the SLR was more Mercedes than McLaren.

- Getting to meet some of the truly nice, passionate, people that work for the company.

- Seeing the P1 in person and learning about its design and specifications.

- The fact that they're a British company. I have a special place in my heart for the UK and their people.

- Cheering from the sidelines toward them becoming a true alternative to Ferrari in design, passion, engineering, luxury, exclusivity and sales/financial success.

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McLaren has always had my interest. One of the few F1 teams/builders with time and performance under their belt. So that meant to me a car that would work if I bought one, not a science project someone built a handful of to call it a production car for class racing rules (several come to mind guilty of this, ahem GT40 Mk3). I also did not want an ultra rare car I could not maintain reasonably easily (not have to ship across the continent for an oil change) or be fearful to drive because it's irreplaceable. I've owned enough rare, race oriented, performance figure kings to know that I don't want a race car or a car that can out run a bullet. Those cars are fun for 20 minutes at a time and usually only good when measuring your length at the car shows. I wanted a super/hyper car that was the king of the hill but wouldn't kill me when my skills fall short of Hamilton or the road surface/condition changes, etc. a car I could carry a couple weekend bags and take my wife on a get away in. I think the racing heritage, F1 technology, etc. are huge. Also it was important to me to get a car built in the MTC, I think maybe some extra F1 magic dust might have settled on it. I also am a good enough driver to know I'm not a professional driver and that I operate a manual gearbox like a caveman, I make stupid mistakes on the track and the street, I don't pay 120% attention to street driving 100% of the time. The 12c was the only one left after filtering thru my list & experiences of how I use a car like this. Throw the exclusiveness, looks and other ego satisfying bits into the equation and the 12c is simply the only choice.

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My Uncle, Les Richter,* owned and operated Riverside International Raceway. When I was 5 (1969), my dad started including me in his weekend trips to the track, where we had unlimited access (and would go up through about 1974, when I was 10). While I was too young to really "get" what was going on, I did know that "the orange car won again," "the orange car always wins," and "The Bruce & Denny Show." As a five year old - being the winner started it all with me. I recall once particular time someone in the pitts suggesting loudly that we just "give Bruce the trophies, have a raffle for 3rd, and hold a picnic instead."

But frankly - I consider CanAm to be the ultimate racing series of all time. And that McLaren *owned* it would be enough by itself. But...

By the time I was 10, I DID *get it* and McLaren has been the holy grail for me ever since. And I think it's well justified - Indianapolis, then MP4-4, then the F1... the LeMans; I am quite literally a "car guy" because of McLaren (though the actual "snap" moment was when a GT-40 burbled past my dad and I as we were walking down pit lane...).

My signature line says it all, actually.

*Les Richter was a "family" uncles (not related by blood); my grandparents and parents were very close friends with their extended family (always around on holidays and special occasions - I even remember going to church with them a lot). I always called him "Uncle Moose."

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Hey my name s Stephen some of you may know me from other post. I'm interested in mclaren because we store a 12c for a customer in the garage I help in. I follow the F1 a lot and support mclaren and I am a mclaren member. But really the interest for me is the way the cars are made and built and how elegant they are. Anyway thought I would give an opinion.


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Their F1 heritage, and I needed a replacement for my Super Trofeo. When I raced my Lambo against the 12C at Monticello, I could not keep up, let alone close the gap. I knew, right then and there, that I had to have a McLaren.
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Nice car Brad,welcome to the forum !!

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Great shots and welcome aboard Brad!
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Splendid colours brad. Well done and welcome. ,!
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Thank you for the wrm welcome everyone. I hope to meet up with you guys soon. In the meantime, I will be at an event Sunday in Jersey if any of you are attending. Here is the info:
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Their F1 heritage, and I needed a replacement for my Super Trofeo. When I raced my Lambo against the 12C at Monticello, I could not keep up, let alone close the gap. I knew, right then and there, that I had to have a McLaren.
Very nice story and I think a lot of us have had that "the gap is not closing, time to change" moment.
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Sorry for reviving an old thread, been a long time lurker, so this is the first time I've posted here.

I remember first seeing the Mclaren F1 GTR in Gran Turismo 4, and did some net surfing-From there I fell in love with the F1 LM, still my favorite car up to this day (Still a young lad right now). My passion for Mclaren intensified as I started reading about the early development stages of the MP4-12C (CAR Magazine UK Issue #542, October 2007). The 12C turned out to be even better than I had imagined, and same goes with the P1 (second favorite car just behind the F1 LM), hence my username. Mclaren is still my favorite automotive manufacturer; was a Mclaren fan, always will be.
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Sorry for reviving an old thread, been a long time lurker, so this is the first time I've posted here.

I remember first seeing the Mclaren F1 GTR in Gran Turismo 4, and did some net surfing-From there I fell in love with the F1 LM, still my favorite car up to this day (Still a young lad right now). My passion for Mclaren intensified as I started reading about the early development stages of the MP4-12C (CAR Magazine UK Issue #542, October 2007). The 12C turned out to be even better than I had imagined, and same goes with the P1 (second favorite car just behind the F1 LM), hence my username. Mclaren is still my favorite automotive manufacturer; was a Mclaren fan, always will be.
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Thanks, Mark!!
+1 Welcome and great that you have revived one of my favorite threads.
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