THE GREAT CARS ISSUE
G R E AT NE SS
Greatness in a racecar, like greatness in
our fellow men, is easily recognized, but
much harder to define.
Is it the success a racecar achieves that
makes it great? Or is it how it changes the
sport? Or perhaps it’s something less
tangible: something it evokes in those who
see it, hear it and feel its presence?
How much does longevity play a part?
Or the depth of the opposition it has to
beat? In fact, does a car even have to be
successful in the conventional sense to be
thought of as one of the greats?
The McLaren-Honda MP4/4 is a great
car for what it achieved in the 1988