Thursday, September 26, 2013

McLaren-Chevrolet M8D "Dan Gurney"

Here we see the first "production" photo of the long-awaited CA26a McLaren-Chevrolet M8D as driven to victory by Dan Gurney at Mosport in 1970.

The Mosport, Canada race was the first event of the 1970 Can-Am season, and the first for Gurney as an official McLaren works driver (having driven the McLaren backup car to 3rd at the 1969 Michigan Can-Am race). Gurney replaced McLaren founder Bruce McLaren after he was killed in a testing accident developing the M8D.

Gurney had never driven the M8D prior to the Mosport race and won over Jackie Oliver and the Ti22 who fought a close battle for the overall victory.

Shipments to dealers are expected in mid-October. This release will be followed by the CA26b "Led Zeppelin" M8D in the first quarter of 2014.

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