Driver Kaye Griffiths' first race in the former VDS McLaren M8E/D was the May 1973 Silverstone Interserie race where he finished eighth. He went on to finish eighth overall (sixth in class) at the June 1973 Norisring Interserie race but the clutch failed at the July 1973 Hockenheim Interserie race and the transmission failed at the September 1973 Hockenheim Interserie race.
Kaye Griffiths' big break in motor racing came when John Bonham, the drummer for Led Zeppelin, stepped forward to sponsor his car and helped to create the unique livery. The sponsorship deal was announced in January 1974 and began a string of top finishes in Europe for Griffiths during the 1974 season.
The Slot.it 1/32 version of the "Led Zeppelin" McLaren M8E/D (Prototype shown above) is expected on dealers shelves no later than mid-January 2014.