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What got you interested in McLaren's?

In my case, it was very simple, seeing Nick Mason's F1 for the 1st time. Brilliant packaging on a brilliantly designed car. Everything about it was completely thought through. Interest was cemented after my first trip to the MTC.
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I was completing a formula racing course at Bondurant in Arizona and wandered over to the Penske Racing Museum. On the TV monitors they were playing the full length film CAN-AM: A Speed Odyssey. I stood there and watched the entire movie twice, back to back, and that was it for me.

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Well, I'd had it with 911's (brilliant cars for what they are) simply because I wanted a change.

Started to look at options.

Wanted a car for driving not cruising. Met a F1 owner, a complete petrol head, who had done 20,000 miles and just talked about how it was to drive. Got my attention.

Trusted that Mclaren would deliver.........


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Ever since I was a kid I've been entrenched and enticed by beautiful cars and women for that matter. The neighborhood that I lived in as a kid growing up had a multitude of rare and exclusive type cars. So yes I've been influenced by the lifestyles at home and abroad which has had a positive impact on me and my love of cars. Cheers....🍻🍻
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I new RIC was getting one
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My dad took me to the 1983 Grand Prix of Detroit when I was a 9 year old kid. I remember a photo of the MP4/1' naked carbon chassis in the race program. It looked light years ahead of everything else. At that age, I wasn't sure what I was looking at but I knew I liked it. Also loved the clean lines of the MP4/1. It was all about the 'looks' of the car. That was it, I was a McLaren fan for life.
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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.
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Never heard of McLaren until the F1 was proposed and was all over the mags......was LOVE at first sight and have been hooked since......more of a Porsche guy growing up. Still luv porsches but McLaren.......Nuff said ;0)

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post #9 of 128 Old 02-04-2013, 10:07 PM
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Done the Porsche thing and wanted a change, wanted a precision machine to drive and something different from the norm...
Quite enjoyed buying British too

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Stayed up with my old man in 1995 watching/listening to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, seeing that black/graphite #59 covered in filth from twice around the clock racing with the door up coming over the line, yeah that pretty much sealed it for me!
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Bit of a story to this but its what happened,
I got a magazine for my birthday when I was in grade 1 it had the mclaren f1 on the cover and a nice write up about it( still had the mirrors high up on the doors). Loved that magazine, i read it a million times until the pages got ripped,That was the start, Part two came in the form a trip to the motorshow, which dad and i do every year its in melbourne, there was only one car i wanted to see, i knew it was going to be there as id seen it in the newspaper, there it was in the bmw stand, a real live mclaren f1. i remember standing there for hours, trying to soak it up from every angle, the harder i looked the more details i found to explore. i stood there until security asked us to leave as the show was closing. i asked the lady at the stand if she had any literature i could have to post on my bedroom wall, to which she replied "sorry we dont have any left for today" devastated i had one last look and stretched my neck till we rounded the corner and it was out of sight. i wouldnt see another car i liked so much until we got Grand Prix tickets in 97, I flicked through the program and saw the Mclaren in the papaya orange prototype colours with Dc and mika, as the drivers. At The track I stood glued to the fence waiting for the orange cars to come around, I felt bad for liking these awesome looking black, white, silver and neon red cars flying past, saying "they sound the best" to my dad and grandfather. It wasn't until a lull in the practice session that I looked up to the screen to see where the Mclarens were, and I realised the cars I secretly was drooling over we're in fact the Mclarens I came to see!
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I've been a McLaren fan ever since, during one vacation in Hong Kong, my Dad bought me an issue of Road & Track Magazine that had a cover shot and feature test of 3 of the great supercars of the 20th Century - the Ferrari F40, the Porsche 959, and most significantly, a McLaren F1. Though I can't recall its' chassis # right now, it was painted in what is now called Volcano Orange - and I'd never seen anything quite like it. I was only 14, the age when most boys are still going oooh and aaah over NOS and Lambo doors and 800Bhp Skyline GT-Rs, so it warped my mind a bit when I first read the F1's performance and technical specs, and words like 'immediate throttle response' and 'synapse-quick handling reactions'. The central driving position seemed so out-of-this-world yet just right at the same time.

That was how my love for McLaren cars was kindled, and it only grew through further experiences. I later discovered a car encyclopedia in my school library that listed all the F1 variants in it, and that was how I discovered the F1 GTR, F1 LM, and the Longtails, and what made each one so special and unique even in the rarefied world of supercars.

It's been a whirlwind ride ever since. Getting my copy of Driving Ambition, and discovering all the stories behind the F1's gestation and #01R's win at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. Studying and researching them all over the Internet, happily drinking in details like the changes made to F1s like #014 and #018 and #040 and #073, what the various LMs and road-converted GTRs went through and the lives they led and still lead, the record-breaking sale of #065. Starting to collect F1 models and memorabilia..

And that has brought me here today, to the 12C and P1.

It is, as they say, a very exciting and thrilling time to be a McLaren fanatic and enthusiast.


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