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Marin12C, HyperMac and I took our graphite grey 12C's for an Easter romp through the valleys, forests and seashore of Marin County CA. We all agree: this car is AWESOME.

Pics below, video to follow as soon as the 12GB (!) of footage is editted.



 

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That must have been quite an amazing sight for those you passed by. What fun though!!

Good thing the wheels are different or someone might have gone home in the wrong 12C. ;)

Looks like someone found a set of those clear indicators too. Nice!

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Marin12C, HyperMac and I took our graphite grey 12C's for an Easter romp through the valleys, forests and seashore of Marin County CA. We all agree: this car is AWESOME.

Pics below, video to follow as soon as the 12GB (!) of footage is editted.



wow sweet! hopefully i join the GG group this week. they sure look good but i think we're on the ''boring'' side of the spectrum. :)

what's the solution for the clear side markers? the clear ones are just reflectors with no light bulbs right? did u kill the lights or they are still functional with new bulbs?
 

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The side markers are actually one self contained unit - reflector/cover/bulb/plug. So when they pull out the colored US spec ones, they're left with an empty electrical socket beneath the clear reflector. You have to jump it with a 100k Ohm resistor to get it from throwing a fault code.

Awesome day. And no tickets! But plenty of stares and thumbs up. However, I've decided the best thing to put under the spoiler is for when you FINALLY get ahead of traffic that refuses to use turnouts -

"SLOWER TRAFFIC USE TURNOUTS!"
 

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The side markers are actually one self contained unit - reflector/cover/bulb/plug. So when they pull out the colored US spec ones, they're left with an empty electrical socket beneath the clear reflector. You have to jump it with a 100k Ohm resistor to get it from throwing a fault code.

Awesome day. And no tickets! But plenty of stares and thumbs up. However, I've decided the best thing to put under the spoiler is for when you FINALLY get ahead of traffic that refuses to use turnouts -

"SLOWER TRAFFIC USE TURNOUTS!"
nice. i think i'll stick with the US markers for now. i think they look ok on GG because they look kinda smoked in a way. the white one looks great on white or silver car since they blend in well with the color. they look a bit too white on darker color car imo. though i think they would look super of smoked.

good idea for using the air brake! maybe i'll something like ''MOVE OVER NEXT TIME'' made. :D
 

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Awesome. People must have thought the death star landed nearby. I'm guessing the driving was pretty spirited! Any further comments on handling and ride of the car?
 

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Awesome. People must have thought the death star landed nearby. I'm guessing the driving was pretty spirited! Any further comments on handling and ride of the car?
Just the normal "I can't believe what this car can do." "I don't think I will ever be able to drive to the limit of this car." That sort of thing. I drove about 300 miles total - 160 getting there and back and 140 with the other guys. Completely comfortable.

People who saw us likely thought we were shooting a car company commercial, with my son standing up and filming through the sunroof of the Merc GL450 chase car. :D
 

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Awesome. People must have thought the death star landed nearby. I'm guessing the driving was pretty spirited! Any further comments on handling and ride of the car?
It was a great day, driving mostly on tertiary country roads, and it was the longest stretch of romping that I've done in the car (the driving was definitely spirited when the situation was suitable). Most of my thoughts can be covered by Dennis' comments above, specifically the "where on earth is the limit". But more specifically:

Suspension
Acceleration
Braking

Given that most of the roads that we drove hard (fast) were very much country lanes, with paving quality to be expected, the 12C suspension let you drive far faster than other cars - I've driven these same roads in my series of Ferraris (355-430), and you could never have carried the speed that we did. And the speed was easy and routine. Which leads to the comment about acceleration: the acceleration out of corners (and passing) is just intoxicating. And of course the braking, I carried more speed, later, than I ever had. At the end of the drive, Dennis made the comment that I did not brake much, and must have been in a lower gear - we were both mostly in 4th on the stretch in question, but the car just lets you carry so much more speed into and through turns, I would just drop down in to 3rd and fly out of the turns .

To summarize: AWESOME CAR.
 

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its like a London Bus, you wait hours (2 years) for one and then 3 come along at once :D

Glad you are getting to enjoy the cars.
 

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Here's a video of the graphite grey McLaren armada invading bucolic Marin County CA last Sunday. It was filmed and edited by my son who is a first year film student.

http://vimeo.com/40279519
 

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Here's a video of the graphite grey McLaren armada invading bucolic Marin County CA last Sunday. It was filmed and edited by my son who is a first year film student.

http://vimeo.com/40279519
That was really great - could have used just a little bit of sound from the engines to pull me all the way in.

I liked the angles he shot and the editing - seems he has a future with that. :cool:

Thanks for sharing!!

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McLaren owners from around the SF Bay Area converged on the Cars & Caffeine event at Club Auto Sport in San Jose and dominated the gathering. dennis, goplay, hypermac954, jmk, laelops and oldtractor all brought their 12Cs and were joined by Alan and Alessandro from McLaren SF in their demos.





After 1 1/2 hours of oohs and ahs from the fans, we left on a spirited drive up to Skyline Blvd. in the Santa Cruz Mountains and ended with lunch at Alice's Restaurant in Woodside.

These cars are truly AWESOME!!



 

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Love that overhead shot, dennis. Any more footage by your son?
He took quite a few photos from the building roof, including the one that I included in the post. Unfortunately, in order to make a good video, he informs me that you have to stage the scenes. That interferes with the drive, since the camera needs to be moved, multiple takes are required, etc.. So you have to make a choice between doing a video and going on a run.

Maybe sometime in the future he can storyboard a 12C video and I can enlist my owner friends to act as the talent in the movie. :)
 

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Great day guys, thx for setting it up! Looking forward to the next get together
 
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