“I probably couldn’t put these
in any order of preference.
In fact, I had a hard time cutting
this list down to five. Which
is why I still have six…”
Honestly, I can’t decide between these two. The MP4/4 (ABOVE) was Gordon Murray’s evolution of that “laydown” Brabham that didn’t work (see page 47). It was beautiful,
it had that iconic Marlboro livery, a Honda
turbo, and it was sooo dominant with
MCLAREN MP4/4 & MP4/8
BIG MAC DOUBLE
Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost driving it.
Absolute magic combination of factors.
But the MP4/8 (BELOW) was great, too.
I saw Senna use it to win in the wet at
Donington in ’ 93. I was standing at Craner
Curves on lap 1 and was awestruck! In
fact, I loved all the giant-killing Senna did
that year using a customer Cosworth
against the Williams-Renaults. And I loved
the angle he had his steering wheel, up
high, so you could see his hands working!
But I also think the car itself is a lovely
shape, and the colors emphasize that.
Chapman, Clark and the
Lotus 38 dominated the
1965 Indy 500. Dario has
driven the car at both IMS
and Goodwood (RIGHT).
THE BRIGHTEST THREE-POINTED STAR
together at Amelia Island or
Pebble Beach. Driving what was
effectively a Formula 1 car with
a sports car body, but on the
open road, is something not
many people can talk about.
There are many great Silver
Arrows from the ’30s and ’50s,
but, for me, the 300SLR is the
best of the best, the ultimate.
I was lucky enough to drive
“722” a couple of times and
those will always be absolute
highlights in my career. Back
when we were Mercedes-Benz
junior drivers, Jan Magnussen
and I used to get to drive those
Silver Arrows. I’d jump in a
W196 and he’d jump in the
300SLR, or vice-versa.
The 300SLR is a phenomenal
car – so fast, such a stunning
body shape, and the noise from
that straight-eight engine is
very special. Inside, you sit
straddled, with the clutch way
over on the left, and the throttle
and brake far over to the right.
I couldn’t get over how quick
it felt – and that was on track;
God knows how it felt out on the
roads of Italy. Denis Jenkinson’s
account of that race, sitting
alongside Stirling Moss,
describes how they overtook
the shadow of a plane that was
flying overhead. Awesome!
(LEFT) The view that navigator
Jenkinson had as he sat beside
Moss in the 1955 Mille Miglia,
won at an average speed of
97mph. Moss and Peter Collins
also took a Mercedes 300SLR
to victory in the Targa Florio.