McLaren is one of the most well known and respected names in car racing. The brand remains the only marque to win the Indianapolis 500, Formula 1™ Constructors’ Championship, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Can-Am Championship.
2014 brings us McLaren’s 50th anniversary and a big celebration is planned at the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance car show in Florida.
On display will be a wide variety of rare and significant McLaren racers from five decades of racing competition. McLaren has helped define motorsport via a tireless pursuit of perfection.
To celebrate 50 years of McLaren, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will showcase a 2014 Honoree Jochen Mass’ 1977 McLaren M23 Formula 1 racer as part of the “Cars of Jochen Mass” class. This historic Cosworth-powered M23 took Mass to second place in the 1977 Swedish Grand Prix at the 2.497 mile Anderstorp circuit.
McLaren Automotive North America is honored once again to be a participating sponsor for the third consecutive year, of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. McLaren is planning to host event guests at its brand display pavilion on Saturday March 8 and Sunday March 9, where several special vehicles will be shown.
The 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled ot be held between March 7-9th 2014 on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
Bill Warner is the Founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and was quoted, “McLaren’s racing record is without equal. The company is about quality and excellence in every component of the car, their execution, preparation and presentation.”
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is recognized as one of the top automotive events in the world. The car show event draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world.
Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd. was originally created way back in 1963 by Bruce McLaren after he drove for Cooper Cars. Bruce McLaren won the 1959 and 1960 Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship and the 1962 Monaco Grand Prix. Bruce McLaren also personally won two Can-Am titles in 1967 and 1969 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, alongside countryman Chris Amon in 1966, driving a Ford GT40.
Although Bruce McLaren passed away in 1970, his legacy and strong company brand continues to this day. Between 1972 and 1976, McLaren cars took three Indianapolis 500 victories, plus winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995 with the F1.
The 1995 victory at Le Mans cemented McLaren with the recognition of becoming the only marque in history to claim motorsport’s famous Triple Crown – victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Car enthusiasts don’t want to miss this major car show event in Florida. To make plans to attend the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March 2014, please contact The Life of Luxury for tickets and help booking your Florida travel arrangements
Above Photo Courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – lowres