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McLaren Elva

This car was at the opening weekend of Exotics@RTC and I have to admit I had no idea what it was at the time.  A couple of days later, I saw a YouTube video about it and realized that it was what I had seen.  The McLaren Elva is a strange vehicle.  No roof and not even a windshield.  Apparently, it is strange enough that they are not selling so well and the production run has been reduced.  I guess the best part of two million dollars is too much for a car that requires you to wear googles and probably a helmet!

Too Many McLarens for Me to Know

It doesn’t seem that long ago that there was interest in McLaren starting to develop road cars.  I guess the first time I saw one on the road, we still lived in Chicago, so it has been a while.  However, it still feels very recent.  What I haven’t done is pay much attention to what the different models are.  Consequently, when I am at Exotic@RTC, there are a bunch of McLarens from the local dealer as well as some local owners and I have absolutely no idea which model is which.  Moreover, I don’t know whether or is a base model of “little” interest or a particularly rare example.  I might recognize a Senna by the huge wing but haven’t seen one of those yet.

Instead I just wander around and look at the various cars to see which ones I like the look of.  Their styling is generally pretty nice.  Some of them have more interesting shaping for the aerodynamics (no surprise that is something I am focused on) but the simpler shapes are nice too.  Seeing which colors they bring can be fun too.  Some of the colors are rather vibrant/gaudy.  I was quite interested in one vehicle that was originally painted red but had been wrapped in a matte gray film with just some elements of the red visible around certain areas.

Since I don’t know which model is which, I guess it is probably safer for me to just not bother buying one for now.  I’ll have to do my research to make sure I don’t buy the wrong one.  That would be so embarrassing…

McLaren

C59F3895.jpgThe cool cars were not just restricted to the main gathering area. As I wandered through the lot, a guy found himself a parking spot and pulled in with his McLaren. He hopped out, gave it a quick wipe down and then wandered into the crowds after chatting to a few of us. I only asked him one thing. Had it proved to be all he had hoped it was. “Oh yes!”

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