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McLaren 650S GT3 to Have Special Livery at 24 Hours of Spa

Ahead of the 2016 Total 24 Hours of Spa, it has been confirmed that one of the three examples of the McLaren 650S GT3 being run by customer team Garage 59 will wear a unique livery based on the original logo which adorned the early racers of the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing team. The logo featured on McLaren cars between 1962 and 1966.

The distinctive red, white and green design celebrates the 50th anniversary of the last competitive outing for the original Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Team emblem, with team founder Bruce McLaren at the wheel. Designed by British illustrator Michael Turner, it was the first to feature the famous ‘Speedy Kiwi’. The modern interpretation will run on the #60 650S GT3, which makes a one-off appearance at the twice-around-the-clock race with driving responsibilities shared between McLaren P1 GTR Driver Mentor Bruno Senna alongside fellow Brazilian Luis Felipe ‘Pipo’ Derani and Brit Duncan Tappy.

Throughout its use, the badge featured on the 1965 McLaren M2A single seater prototype and a number of Group 7 sportscars. The most famous of the cars which ran the ‘Speedy Kiwi’ was the McLaren M1A ­– the first true McLaren race car – which scored the first podium for the team on its debut at the ultra-fast Canadian circuit Mosport in September 1964.

The #60 McLaren 650S GT3 forms part of a 3 PRO car assault by customer team Garage 59, which goes in to the race leading both the Blancpain Endurance Team Championship and the Driver Championship with Driver Rob Bell. The #58 & #59 cars retain the Blancpain GT Series color scheme.

The 2016 Total 24 Hours of Spa begins at 16.30CST, Saturday July 30, 2016.

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The liveries of the Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde, both used and projected, as during her launch, she received 74 orders from 16 airlines. 

Sadly only two airliners, Air France and British Airways, would actually buy her, limiting her production run to only 14 units (plus 6 prototypes) with a grand total of 4 users throughout her lifetime, as for a short-while both Braniff International Airways and Singapore Airlines leased one aircraft each, where only Singapore managed to get their colors applied to the supersonic airliner, albeit only in half of the fuselage. 

Concorde was the last leap in commercial aviation, the last pioneer, as ever since we have sunk lower and lower into bland, insipid, uninspired designs that the only envelop they seem willing to push of how much fuel they can save. 

Bell Honored for 40th Anniversary of his First Le Mans WIn  

The Royal Automobile Club hosted a special event today when 5-time Le Mans winner and double World Sportscar Champion, Derek Bell MBE, drove the iconic Rothmans Porsche 956-001 up the drive at the Club’s Woodcote Park clubhouse to commemorate 40 years since his first Le Mans victory.

Derek, who is an Honorary member of the Royal Automobile Club, was re-united with the famous Group C Works Rothmans Porsche 956-001 which is considered to be the most important Porsche in its history - being the first monocoque race car built. The 956 made its debut in 1982 at the Silverstone Six Hour race with Derek Bell and Jackie Ickx behind the wheel, in what was effectively a development run for the new car. After missing the next round, the duo reappeared at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and led the race for the entire 24 hours before taking the checkered flag and a remarkable victory.