McLaren M7C

Classic McLarens on display at Autosport International

F1 picturesPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

McLaren are displaying seven of their classic F1 cars at Autosport International.

They include examples of models which won championships in the hands of drivers like Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Lewis Hamilton, James Hunt, Emerson Fittipaldi and Mika Hakkinen.

They are displayed alongside the new MP4-12C road car plus other racing McLarens from Indy Car and sports car racing.

Here are pictures of the F1 cars:

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46 comments on “Classic McLarens on display at Autosport International”

  1. ok the law of the europeen parlament..but…why delete the #marlboro logos? it’s motorsport history!

    1. Yet they allow Renault to blatantly paint their car in the JPS colours? This is retarded. I’m sure the next move is to go back and digitally edit out the logos from old films of the races.

      However on a different note, how awesome does the MP4-4 look.

      1. We Want Turbos (@)
        13th January 2011, 11:32

        Ron Dennis being Ron removed all the logos on the Mclaren owned cars (not personally I don’t think) after Marlboro decided to switch to a certain Red team

        1. Stop the hate for Renault – you dislike how they got in and released the Black/Gold livery before Team Lotus and are now slagging it off for being JPS thats just business by team sponsor Lotus cars – and anyway the old white Mclarens with the red chevron are directly related to Marlboro unlike the new black/gold Renault so they are the subliminal cigarette adverts, not the Renault!!

          1. Actually I’ve decided I don’t actually care about Lotus vs Lotus, so that has nothing to do with my criticism of this paint job.

            The livery bugs me because it is an attempt to recreate the past for no reason other than cynical marketing spin.

            f1 is supposed to be about fresh, innovative thinking, yet the fans (and apparently the Lotus Renault team owners) are so stuck in the past they dare not try anything new.

            Plus it looks rubbish with the red end plates.

          2. Yeah, it has dragged on a bit….
            And it’s not even the greatest JPS rendition I have ever seen – hopefully they refine it for the new season (ie blacken the red)!!

    2. I think Ron Dennis took the Marlboro logos off when they signed West as a sponsor

      there’s still Marlboro logos on the privately owned cars from the era

      1. West logo’s have been taken off now, probably for Vodafone.

        Other tabaco logo’s are still, in full veiw.

  2. Now those are beautifull cars. A team with genuine racing history!

    I did see Classic Team Lotus turned up as well, only to find Renault has taken a big thick brush and goldplated their old car and stuck a lotus badge on top!
    Keep to your own legacy Renault, you have so much to be proud of, but not the JPS livery.

    But seriously, these McLaren cars are among the best of the last 30 years.

  3. That McLaren M7C is disgustingly horrifically ugly. Anyone who thinks that all historic cars look better than today’s machine should take off their rose tinted glasses and take a look at that monstrosity

    1. We Want Turbos
      13th January 2011, 11:58

      Not that I don’t agree that the M7C looks ugly, Its only because of the wings, look at how beautiful the M7A looks. The wings on the M7C though are important as it’s when team where first starting to realise the benefits of downforce.

    2. Looks kinda like a platypus who got into a paint tin…

      I guess you’ve had a bad experience with them…

    3. I thought it looked great, until I noticed those were wings attached to poles on top of it instead of overhead lighting units of some kind :)

      WWTurbos does have a good point – it does show the racing history very well.

      1. I think it looks fantastic – but then again I like all the weird aero appendages of the late 60’s and early 70’s ;)

        1. I like a lot the front nose, and the rear wings from that period, but the front one really looks awful.

          1. bernification
            13th January 2011, 23:22

            Please, PLEASE, can we stop calling them front noses. I mean, where the hell else do you have a nose!

        2. I’m with Dan- I think it looks superb!

    4. no way. if you take away those two suspended wings, it is a beautiful looking car.

      1. But that’s like ‘if you look past her monobrow she could be a model’…

      2. The M7C style wings are symbols, signifiers, standing up on stalks they represent the fundamental essence of Formula 1.

        They encapsulate everything about the early faltering steps in search of the very edge of the envelope, pushing the laws of physics, with only half-understood ideas of materials and aerodynamics, science colliding with imagination and innovation, all in order to make your car go faster than anyone-elses.

        Anyone that looks at those early pioneer spirit wings, and doesn’t appreciate and marvel at the engineering audacity, is probably, I think, missing out on a huge chunk of what makes F1 special, and forces motivate and push it forward.

        1. … and forces that motivate and push it forward.

          * Here’s hoping an “edit comment” button shows-up in any potential future site upgrade.

  4. SennaNmbr1 (@)
    13th January 2011, 11:20

    Only the wings make it look bad IMO.

  5. Ned – Bruce went to any lengths to make his car fly

  6. Is McLaren M7C used to race with wings on it’s axle?

    1. Yes, but several others did too before suspension-mounted wings were banned.

  7. They should return to the classic yellow paint scheme. They had a pre-season test car (in the Räikkönen-era) in that color. That was awesome! Hope I’m not alone with this.

    1. I agree…they should get the orange back, at least on car launch as they used to.

      1. Bugger it. Why have new racing cars. Lets just make all the drivers get plastic surgery to look like Clark, Fangio and Senna, and then strap them into ye-olde Race Cars.

        Seriously,why bother trying to innovate, change and move forward when all anybody every wants is the “good old days”

        End rant.

        1. We Want Turbos
          14th January 2011, 0:36

          Where not saying bring back old cars blah blah blah. Although on the point a lot of old ideas that where banned combined with the new technology would make good cars.

      2. We Want Turbos
        14th January 2011, 0:38

        I’ve been praying for that it was their racing colour until the Marlboro years. Personally i’d love to see it back

  8. I think I’ve posted this before but if you want to see classic Mclarens and other F1 cars in person you should go to the Donnington F1 Museum. An absolutly stunning collection of F1 cars including my favourite part, the Mclaren hall.

    Link to my review below with a link to my pictures at the bottom of the page.

  9. Cant see them close up, Im going to autosport on Sat, and just want to stand within feet of that MP4/4 itl make my year!

    1. *I meant cant wait to see them close up*

  10. That monster front wing from the MP4-23 does look a bit much for me, I have to admit. Interesting, but overly complex. For the rest it isn’t a bad looking car.

  11. I forgot how good the MP4-13 looked.

    1. Simple, clean lines and a squat silhouette. That’s what an F1 car should look like. No vanes, no chimneys, no bi-plane front wings.

      A bit nose-heavy though.

  12. The cars from 2006/2008 look hideous in comparison those from the 1980’s.
    A shame the McLaren MP4/5b(early season) and the MP4/6(post Monaco), weren’t there.

    1. Personally I think the MP4-23 is one of if not the best looking F1 car ever, either that or the Jordan 191…

      1. I agree about the 191, although none can beat the 1990 Ferrari 641.

      2. It is gorgeous. But my favorite is the MP4-8—the Andretti/Senna car. Its pretty.

        I also like the MP4-4, the Gordon Murray joint. It’s a grown up version of his bonkers Brabham BT55 that was so low you store it under your bed, practically.

  13. How gorgeous are those 80’s McLarens… I needn’t say anything else :D

  14. See that MP4-13 car up there? Well there is one of those in a big museum (possibly Science museum) in London, it was crashed by Mika Hakkinen in Germany and has been left in the same condition as it was when it was recovered. I find it annoying they wouldn’t let you photograph* this car at the museum but at the show you can take all the pictures they want!!!

    *They didn’t stop me, however :P

  15. Sad that they don’t have one of the most beautiful F1 car ever: The M23 in its Yardley livery in 1973 specs:

    1. That’s much better than the Marlboro liveried one at the show. When did Yardley end all their F1 sponsorship?

      1. They started with BRM in 1970 and then went with McLaren for the 1972/73 seasons. In 1974, Marlboro which was with BRM before, became McLaren’s sponsor but Mike Hailwood competed on a semi-private M23 with the Yardley livery. He didn’t finish the season after his accident at the Ring and that was the end of Yardley involvement in F1 I think

  16. Nice collection of cars, it’s just a shame that not all of them have their full original livery as the blank sidepods just don’t look as good.

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