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  McLaren M6A Chevrolet

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1967
Numbers built:3
Designed by:Robin Herd / Bruce McLaren
Predecessor:McLaren M1B Chevrolet
Successor:McLaren M8A Chevrolet
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:August 17, 2011
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 M6A-3 was not used in USRRC  
Thomas Fritz
Roger Penske bought both Team McLaren's M6A-1 chassis and the spare chassis, M6A-3. Donohue used M6A-1, Bruce McLaren's 1967 championship chassis, to win the USRRC. M6A-1 was then sold to Jerry Hansen for the 1968 Can-Am series. Donohue used chassis M6A-3, which was extensively modified by Penske Racing, for the 1968 Can-Am series. This chassis is also known as M6A/B-1.
 The Beginning of a Legend  
This is the car that put Bruce McLaren Motor Racing on the map. When two of these were unloaded from their trailers at the Elkhart Lake Can-Am opener in 1967, the competition, regardless of how well they thought they might have been prepared, realized that they were racing for third place for the rest of the series. The M6A had everything it needed to make it an instant winner- a light but immensely strong bonded and riveted aluminum monocoque chassis, the biggest tires and brakes available at the time, a RELIABLE fuel-injected Chevy behind the driver, and a body shape that was not only beautiful but very efficient aerodynamically. Add to that two drivers that were among the best in the entire world (Denny Hulme was F1 World Champion in '67) and the recipe for total domination was complete. The two cars had over 1200 miles of testing on them before they unloaded at Road America and they proceeded to run away with the Can-Am series, which Team McLaren continued doing for the following four years. One of the great stories in motorsports history...

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