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  McRae GM-1 Chevrolet

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Built in:Poole, England
Produced from:1972 - 1973
Numbers built:14
Designed by:Len Terry and Graham McRae
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:February 01, 2019
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn McRae's hands the GM1 was virtually unbeatable. He started the 1972 season off with another championship winning run in the Tasman Cup, scoring four race wins. McRae then turned his attention to the European F5000 Championship, where he takes six wins and is ranked third in the series behind Gijs van Lennep and Brian Redman. The 'Kiwi' journeys on to claim three victories and the title in the American F5000 Championship.

The car remained competitive in 1973 but the subsequent, squarer GM2 proved to be no improvement. At the end of the year McRae sold the factory to Roger Penske for the 'Captain's' new Formula 1 car. By 1974, new regulations required deformable side structures to which the original GM1 did not comply. With no factory to offer support, McRae customers were on their own and few cars were updated accordingly.

The McRae F5000 cars faded away as fast as they hit the scene. In 1972, the GM1 was the car to beat but without the resources of manufacturers like Lola, McRae was up against it. Today, all 14 cars built still exist and are still front runners in historic events.

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  Article Image gallery (35) Chassis (4) Specifications