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The magic of McLaren...

A DISPLAY of unique and historic McLaren Formula One cars at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) has been drawing huge crowds. This is the first time that a collection from one of the most successful constructors in motorsport history is on display in Bahrain.

Ten cars, all from renowned Formula One team McLaren, range from their 1970 M15 Indycar driven by Earl Williams to the 2008 title-winning McLaren-Mercedes MP4/23 of Lewis Hamilton.

The display is among the many world-class attractions on hand for fans off the race track at the event.

Long queues of motor sports fans formed as those interested in getting a glimpse of the vehicles were seen since early in the morning as the BIC opened its gates on the first day of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The tent itself has been built in such a way that it attracts attention with its customised dome-shaped appearance.

"I had been a big fan of Ayrton Sena and was devastated when he died in a car crash," said one visitor, Nikhil Minhas. "It is really a great feeling to see one of the cars he drove here. It has brought back memories."

Another McLaren fan said he had travelled all the way from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to look at the collection.

"This is one of the best I have seen in a long time and I have been a fan for several years," Mohammed Sohail said. "I have not seen all of these cars together before and I am glad the BIC has organised this show."

The exhibition not only tells the story of the British team's 46 years of Formula One success, but also gives an insight into its dramatic campaigns in the Indianapolis 500 race.

The full collection consists of the 1970 McLaren M15 in Indycar and the 1972 McLaren M21 in Formula Two; along with its Formula One cars such as the 1982 McLaren MP4/1B, the 1984 McLaren MP4/2, the 1988 McLaren-Honda MP4/4, the 1989 McLaren-Honda MP4/5, the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8, 1998 McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13, the 2003 McLaren-Mercedes MP4/17D and the 2008 McLaren-Mercedes MP4/23.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Apr 21, 2012
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