That time a McLaren F1 GTR drove past!
This isn’t actually my F1 GTR story, but after a friend told me about it and gave me permission to write about it, I couldn’t resist. I’ll do my best to recount the story as accurately as possible.
According to my friend he was out on a charity cruise with another friend in his Mercedes C63. At charity car events nice cars are expected – Ferrari 458s etc, but nothing to the caliber of the McLaren. They were on their way to the event, casually driving along the M25 motorway which, if you’re not from the UK, goes around London. It was a sunny, comparatively warm autumn Sunday afternoon and it sounds like they were loving life. FYI, the McLaren didn’t attend the event which makes this all the more amazing.
Lark F1 GTR
This particular F1 is well known for it’s ‘Lark’ decals and exceptionally bright livery. It’s unmistakable for several reasons. It has been seen at many UK car shows and track events, but it’s rarely expected on the road especially considering it is one of only 28 GTRs of which only a handful were homologated for road use.
The ‘Lark’ livery was first seen at the Japanese GT series in 1996 where it competed against Nissan, Toyota and Honda going on to win the GT500 teams championship. An impressive achievement, but not totally unexpected considering it’s proven calibre. I digress, let’s get back to the main story!
Back to the story!
I imagine, while driving down the motorway, something bright caught the driver’s eye in his closest wing mirror. After the bright spark was identified as an extremely rare and impressive hypercar the excitement grew. How do I know this for sure? Well, my friend in the passenger seat managed to get a pretty good video that I put together and uploaded for him. Apologies for the poor quality, but it was shot on Iphone in portrait…
As the F1 screams past there is a collective scream of excitement inside the car that rears up again at the end the when the fluorescent pink analogue hypercar took off. But before that, they line up against the GTR and got some really good shots of it that were immediately uploaded to instagram and have since done really well.
Their reaction is hilarious, but totally proportional for any true petrol head. I’m positive that I’d react in a similar way.
The GTR was actually out attending a different event, yet they still managed to stumble across it. How lucky!
How do you think you would react in a similar situation? And have you ever seen an extremely rare car on the road? Let me know in the comments section below!