The ultimate thrill: the McLaren two-seater

50 Years Of F1

The first person to experience McLaren’s two-seater? The great Murray Walker, who in 1998 was given the ride of his life by TV co-commentator Martin Brundle. He first needed a two-hour medical.

Treadmills, X-rays, a seat fitting at Woking: then unleashed at Silverstone. “So I’m sitting in the back trussed up like a chicken,” remembers Murray. “Watching the apex at Abbey get closer and closer at an alarming speed with no reduction of revs from the screaming V10 which was massaging my back and I think, ‘Ah well, I’ve had a good life!”

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