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McLaren racecars exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum

The exhibit opens on June 18

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A new exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum will showcase a collection of McLaren racecars. “The Color of Success: McLaren’s Papaya Livery” will focus on the early McLaren racecars with their iconic orange livery.

1970 McLaren M15A
1970 McLaren M15A – Photo courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum

Bruce McLaren Motor Racing was founded in 1963 by racecar driver, engineer and designer Bruce McLaren. The McLaren F1 Team is one of most successful franchises in Formula One history with 183 race victories, 12 Drivers’ Championships and 8 Constructors’ Championships. McLaren Racing also competed in Can-Am, USAC, Formula 2, and Formula 5000. Tragically, Bruce McLaren passed away in 1970 from injuries sustained while testing his new McLaren M8D.

“McLaren is one of the most storied names in motorsports history,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “The racecars of Bruce McLaren and the company he founded have been at the forefront of design and performance for decades. We are excited to let the public get a closer look at some of these iconic and historic machines.”

2018 MCL33 Formula 1 racer
2018 MCL33 Formula 1 racer – Photo courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum

Racecars on display will include:

  • 2018 MCL33 that was driven by Fernando Alonso
  • 1969 M6 GT
  • 1970 McLaren M15A
  • 1973 McLaren M16C
  • McLaren M16

“The Color of Success: McLaren’s Papaya Livery” exhibit opens to the public on June 18.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
David P. Castro is our Content Manager. The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.

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