When it comes time for us to select a handful of iconic racing cars for the Goodwood Festival Of Speed, we’re somewhat spoiled for choice. After all, we’ve got a 50-year back catalogue of successful racers, from a variety of championships, lined up immaculately on the MTC boulevard.
But which to choose?
For 2017, we opted for two of the loudest, most unique and celebrated cars in our history: our papaya orange M8D Can-Am monster, which Denny Hulme took to the title in 1970; and 1991’s MP4/6 Formula 1 car – a mighty, wailing V12 monster that was driven by Ayrton Senna, collecting the Brazilian’s third and final F1 world title.
This weekend, these two ghosts of the past will return to glorious life, driven by three of our test and development drivers, Oliver Turvey, and Formula 2 pilots Nyck de Vries and Nobuharu Matsushita.
On Friday, Nyck will be driving MP4/6 up the hill, while Oliver will be tasked with M8D. On Saturday and Sunday, Nyck will switch to the M8D while Nobu will cement our partnership with Honda by driving MP4/6.
If you’re at Goodwood this weekend, you’re certainly destined to hear these two McLaren monsters – even if you don’t manage to catch sight of them!
Elsewhere within the Festival Of Speed site, we’ll have a McLaren+ area, where you’ll be able to sign up for the team membership programme, which will earn you an entry into a prize draw to win one of three 2016 pit crew helmets, and a MP4-29 rear-wing endplate.
If you’re already a McLaren+ member, your membership entitles you to entry to the team garage, where you’ll be able to get up close and personal with the machinery and our mechanics as well as a mini-tour of the area.
If that weren’t enough, both McLaren Applied Technologies and McLaren Automotive will also be at the Festival. McLaren Applied Technologies will have a presence on the FIA’s stand, showcasing the ‘From Track to Road story, talking about the innovations which have transferred from motorsport to automotive.’
Automotive will be located at McLaren House, where the 570S Spider, 720S, 570S GT4, M6A Can-Am car, McLaren F1 XP-5, and (incredibly) a life-size 720S car made entirely of Lego will be on display.
See you there!