WINNING TRADITION

We join McLaren Automotive’s Chief Test Driver, Chris Goodwin, as he races his own classic McLaren at the Goodwood Revival 


YOU'D THINK CHRIS WOULD SPEND ENOUGH TIME BEHIND THE WHEEL FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY, BUT AT WEEKENDS HE LIKES NOTHING MORE THAN RACING HIS OWN PERSONAL CAR, A 1966 McLAREN M1B


 

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Working at McLaren is never just a nine-to-five job. Spend any amount of time around the team and the cars and McLaren soon becomes more than an occupation – it becomes an interest and a passion.

Take Chris Goodwin, Chief Test Driver, and the man responsible for developing everything from the McLaren P1™ to our latest 650S GT3 racer. You’d think Chris would spend enough time behind the wheel from Monday to Friday, but at the weekends he likes nothing more than racing his own personal car, a 1966 McLaren M1B that he bought with his father, Tony Goodwin.

Of all the race weekends of the year, the Goodwood Revival is one of Chris’s favourites: each September this extraordinary event takes place at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit in the south of England. It’s as much a theatrical spectacle as it is a race weekend. Like a magical step back in time, everything appears just as it would have between 1948 and 1966 – the period in which the track was originally used for competitive racing. The circuit, the paddock, the mechanics, the officials – even the spectators get into the spirit of the 1950s and ’60s.

The only thing that isn’t ‘theatre’ is the racing, which is as fierce and as competitive as you’ll find on any kart track, club circuit or Grand Prix event anywhere in the world – which Chris proves as he dices in his ‘pride and joy’.

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