FEB 05th 2015

Magnificent McLaren F1 GTR racers to headline high‑speed demos at #73MM

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1990s’ most iconic GT racer, the McLaren F1 GTR, we’re thrilled to announce the fabulous 600bhp machines will take part in high speed demonstrations at #73MM on March 21-22.

The demos will take place on both days of the event here at the Motor Circuit, with 15 examples of the incredible F1 GTR already confirmed and more set to follow in both short and long-tail specification. We’re hoping to attract the biggest gathering of F1 GTRs yet seen.

The instantly recognisable F1 GTR racer, powered by a 6.1-litre V12 BMW engine, was created using a spare road-car chassis from the Gordon Murray-designed machine after road-car customer Ray Bellm requested a competition version from McLaren boss Ron Dennis.

Unprecedented success followed, with a debut victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1995 plus back-to-back crowns in the BPR Global Endurance Championship, further titles in Britain and Japan, and more international victories for the even faster, long-tail version.

The Harrods-liveried car in which Derek Bell and his son Justin finished third at Le Mans in ’95 will appear at Goodwood, as will long and short-tail versions carrying a variety of different colour schemes, including those from West, Gulf and FINA.

Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack will drive an ex-Parabolica Motorsport ‘long-tail’ machine at Goodwood while Richard Smith’s similar car – in which Brack was narrowly beaten to victory at last year’s Festival of Speed – will also appear.

Other significant cars include Nick Mason’s unraced development machine, which the former Pink Floyd drummer will drive, and the Gulf car in which Ray Bellm and Maurizio Sandro Sala won BPR races in 1995, and which was subsequently taken to the ’96 British GT crown.

The British GT-winning long-tail ‘EMI’ car, an ex-Bigazzi machine raced by Jacques Laffite at Le Mans and Ralf Schumacher’s race-winning Lark version from the 1996 Japanese GT series, have also been confirmed among a prestigious list of entries.

We can’t wait. Meanwhile, scroll through our gallery of images above, featuring F1 GTRs that have appeared individually at Goodwood events over the years. Having so many examples here together for #73MM looks set to be one of the talking points of the historic year – so rest assured we’ll be sharing lots of fabulous content from the event here on the GRR website. 

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