S4843 McLaren M14A 2nd Spain GP 1970 – Bruce McLaren
Today a lot of fans would like to see McLaren in his original colours: the famous papaya-orange which was used at the end of the Sixties and the beginning of the Seventies. This colour was unique, the cars distinctive. Whether in Formula 1 or in the then very popular CanAm series. The M14A from which only three chassis were built also ran in this famous colours. But that’s not the only reason why the M14A is a special racing car. The M14A was the last Formula One car which was driven by company founder Bruce McLaren. Spark’s 1:43 scale model comes from the Spanish Grand Prix. Bruce finished second in this race – behind Jackie Stewart. It was his last podium finish. In the race afterwards in Monte Carlo he had to withdraw with a broken suspension. On June 2nd 1970 Bruce McLaren crashed fataly while testing in Goodwood with the new CanAm M8D. The subsequent Grand Prix in Belgium McLaren was not at the start. For the remainder of the season McLaren’s compatriot Denny Hulme tried to uphold the colors of the New Zealanders. But that was not easy. Hulme had been severely burned during the Indy 500 weekend – also in a McLaren, just three days before Bruce McLaren’s fatal accident. The world champion of 1967 came back after a two race break and was still fourth in the World Championship at the end of the year. What shows what would have been possible with the M14A fate would not have struck so brutally. Typical of McLaren at that time was that the car was not only an evolution from its predecessor, the M7A. The team, which at the time also competed successfully in the Formula 5000 and Indianapolis, always put the knowledge from these series into their new Formula One models. Looking at the Spark model which is as thin as a cigar one also notices how dangerous these cars made of an aluminum chassis were. The fuel tank almost unprotected was located between the driver’s seat and the V8 Cosworth DFV engine.