The Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates the fruits of McLaren’s labor, specifically papayas.
Steeped in motorsport history, British brand McLaren has become a well-known name on the road and the track, but its roots are firmly planted in the racetrack, and the race cars of McLaren are the pinnacle of the brand’s abilities and efforts, and they’ve created a legacy of over half a century with victories, engineering, and spirit that informs and guides the brand to this day. With an incredible lineup of supercars, and status as the second most successful F1 team ever, McLaren’s race cars are worthy of quite a bit of celebration.
The Petersen Automotive Museum is celebrating McLaren’s racing history with a special exhibition dedicated to McLaren race cars opening on June 18 to the public. It’s called “The Color of Success: McLaren’s Papaya Livery,” and it focuses on the famous orange color that has adorned McLaren race cars for decades. It’s going to be held on the second floor of the museum in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery, and it will feature McLaren race cars that span nearly the brand’s entire history, from the 1967 McLaren M6A, the first car to ever feature the Papaya livery, to the 2018 McLaren MCL33 Formula 1 race car. One of the most interesting cars that will be on display is one of just 3 McLaren M6 GTs, a model meant to be McLaren’s first road car before Bruce McLaren’s death in 1970. Though Bruce McLaren never saw the M6 GT on the road, the legacy of the brand he created is something he would undoubtedly be proud of, and this exhibit shows just how much McLaren has achieved.
Source: Petersen Automotive Museum