WE’RE NOT about to lie. These are just McLaren 570S Coupe and Spyders painted in pretty colours.
But just look at them. They’re beautiful and so is the fact that a car manufacturer that was reborn as recently as 2011 has such a rich historical back catalogue to lean on.
Commissioned by McLaren Beverley Hills, the Racing Through The Ages collection (they’re Americans, we can forgive them a bit of cheesiness), features three different themes, all neatly garnished with GT4 racing stripes.
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Muriwai is the bluish white theme, named after the beach where Bruce McLaren first competed at the tender age of 15. While most kids that age are still trying to build a walking penis in Minecraft, young McLaren was engaging in wheel-to-wheel racing in borrowed cars.
He also built a house in Woking named after the beach and painted this pale blue, to provide an enduring link to the country of his birth.
Sarthe Grey is an easy association to make, commemorating McLarens 1995 win at Le Mans, the company claiming the outright win as well as third, fourth, fifth and thirteenth place in what was effectively a modified road car.
In case you were in any doubt, the rear wing bears a legend that reads “24 Heures du Mans – Winners 1995”.
Might have been better with gagnants or vainqueurs rather than winners if they were really committing to the French theme but, again, Americans.
Finally there’s a colour more familiar to contemporary McLaren customers – Papaya Spark, the hero colour for the 675LT launch.
True aficionados of the marque will know that the association with this colour stretches way back to 1960s race liveries. The fixed rear wing is painted in contrasting Burton Blue, reprising the original racers and the spectacularly awful but undeniably eye-catching 2018 F1 car from McLaren.