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Happy 20th Birthday, McLaren F1


Can it really be 20 years old? Hard to believe, but the prototype McLaren F1 was unveiled to the crème de la crème of the motoring world on 28th May 1992 at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo during Grand Prix weekend. To celebrate this special birthday, F1 owner and successful racer Ray Bellm has founded the McLaren F1 Owners Club which, with support from the factory, will be hosting the inaugural F1 Tour from 28th May- 1st June 2012.

The location is a loosely guarded secret but we're allowed to divulge that it takes in some of Europe's greatest roads including the Sella Runde in Italy, a 42km circular route used by many magazines for feature tests, the picturesque Valpolicella wine region and the Italian lakes. The 20 car entry limit has long since been filled, with a dazzling array of F1s expected ranging from cosseted road cars to ex-Le Mans GTRs flying in from around the world to get some proper exercise on Italian soil.

Normally polite onlookers scramble to get a closer look at the unveiling in May 1992
F1 prototype outside Monaco's Sporting Club 20 years ago

Owners who aren't already members of the club can visit: www.mclarenf1ownersclub.com and apply to join. You may be too late for the 20th anniversary tour, but if the legendary status of those which Moet & Chandon hosts for the Ferrari 250GTO every five years is anything to go by, we suspect this might be the start of a great tradition...

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