It may be difficult for others to understand the drama of seeing my first McLaren- the beautiful orange McLaren Can-Am cars with those big and loud V-8s. For those of us living in mid-America they were images of such an exciting and sophisticated but no longer distant world of motor racing.
And then there followed the large winged Indy cars, driven by such brave heroes as Peter Revson and Mark Donohue and Gary Bettenhausen. And the sound from those turbo Offies was unmatched!
Thanks to McLaren for producing such works of beauty and power over the years.
It’s such a shame Bruce died in that testing accident. He still had many good years of competing on track. Btw the Bianchis are suing Bernie over the Suzuka race. They are blaming him for the bad weather conditions that contributed to the accident. It will be interesting to see if they can be successfull.
It is great to see that teams are beginning to find workarounds to show motion pictures with historic perspective without actually licensing FOM content. Although renders are not real racecars but I think this clip is very atmospheric. 🙂
They were both naturally gifted BenM, and both ruthless in their own ways. The biggest difference that i saw in them was that Senna was one of those rare humans who rise above their own surroundings. Such people exist in all spheres of life be it a Politicians, Surgeons,Writers,Astronauts,Military Commanders or Sports people. Going back to to 1950’s motor racing Fangio had something about him that made him stand out against other gifted drivers in his presence as a person. Moss, as great as he was, did not. Clark had it quietly as did Prost. Stewart had it, Andretti had it, Villeneuve too, but in motorsport Senna had it in buckets. It was just something about him, nothing to do with his abilities, but to do with just his human spirit. If one wanted to examine Senna vs Prost, then Senna was the quicker, but Prost was just as able a driver as Senna in ability to drive and understand the equipment imho. The major difference was Senna needed to win every time, That isn’t required if one wants to win championships, what is needed is to be consistent and Prost was consistent. Both were great drivers but they are not the kind of drivers that i consider to have been the most honorable. Those days were past before either Senna or Prost rose to be champions.
I think you’re wrong regarding Moss Damian, as a driver and as a person. We certainly won’t agree about Senna either, whose ‘win at all costs’ made him flawed on both counts, as indeed was Schumacher, which is why I don’t admire either of them. I think the ‘human spirit’ you refer to is of the psychopathic kind.
That’s really the natural “patina” of a set of those SuperSlim wrenches. They’re neither chromed nor nickel plated, just a simple coat of satin black paint that dulls and wears off with use. The final shot of the wrench where you could read the trademark occasioned a trip out the garage to check, and yep, it’s an exact duplicate of my set of Whitworths.
The F1 teams of today are very different to the past. My view is that McLaren really altered after RD took over around 1982ish. It has never been the Bruce McLaren like team that is was since then. Clever bloke RD but not my cup of tea and not the Racer Bruce was!