Lewis Hamilton had a timely reminder that McLaren can build good cars when he was re-acquainted with his world championship-winning 2008 McLaren MP4-23 recently.
An example of the car was being added to Mercedes’ museum in Stuttgart, joining other great race and championship winning machines. Here’s a video of the car arriving including an interview with Hamilton:
Interestingly, the narrator repeats the story that the original Mercedes raced in silver because of a last-ditch effort to save weight ahead of their 1934 debut, which led the them scraping the white paint off the cars revealing the aluminium beneath.
Eberhard Reuss challenged this version of events last year in his engrossing book, “Hitler’s motor racing battles”:
The apparently ‘new’ German racing colour of silver was not new and had in fact become a familiar sight to the press and public since the very first test-drives of the new national racing cars. Consequently it was not considered worthy of special mention.
The colour of Hamilton’s car is surely of rather less concern to him than how well it goes. Still it’s fascinating to reflect that the same company whose first racing efforts 75 years ago were bankrolled by the repugnantly racist Nazi party last year helped make a mixed-race driver world champion.