Forget Cars & Coffee, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, or any car show – this is the place to be. To celebrate 30 McLaren F1th birthday, the owners of what is to this day the fastest aspirational car ever made got together for the start of the tour. In what is supposed to be Gordon Murray’s favorite YouTube video, many pristine examples are filmed on a ferry crossing the shores of Lake Garda in Italy.
A spectacular festival of naturally aspirated V12s, the group includes several street cars as well as the F1 GTR and even the elusive F1 GTR Longtail. McLaren only makes a total of 106 cars, so seeing so many cars side by side is a rare sight. It must have been the most valuable cargo carried by the ferries that day as the value of this BMW-powered supercar has skyrocketed in recent years.
Attached below, a separate video shows more than 10 F1s in the beautiful scenery that northern Italy provides. Interestingly, a development prototype of the Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) T.50 is also on site, complete with a large rear fan. It will be as rare as a source of inspiration as only 100 units will be made, priced at around $3 million a pop.
The McLaren F1 was definitely the big star of the event, followed by the P1 serving as the support vehicle. The XP4, one of the experimental prototypes, appeared on camera to depict the early days of a three-seat machine with a center-mounted steering wheel. We’d rather have one of those street cars without the extra aero tweaks. The design has aged like fine wine and the noise of that engine will become rarer with forced induction and EVs forced upon us.
It’s worth mentioning the F1 GTR with its big white “LARK” sticker and #60 made headlines earlier this year for a funny reason. In case you don’t remember, the owner accidentally put diesel in his prized mid-engined engine. He admitted his mistake on social media where he spoke of the rather embarrassing recklessness.