I had the privilege to witness something truly rare. Kiklo Spaces and Classic Driver pulled off the impossible, amassing over a dozen McLaren F1s for the ‘Uncovered at Thirty’ event at Kiklo’s new car culture hub in Hampshire, UK. We’re talking not just any F1s, but a mix of the road and race legends, including chassis 043—a mint example of McLaren heritage—and iconic long-tail GTR racers like chassis 19R.
The guest list? Think of it as a McLaren F1 family reunion. Peter Stevens, the designer behind the F1, was there, along with David Clark, McLaren’s commercial director during the F1 era. Paul Lanzante of Kokusai Kaihatsu Racing and journalist Andrew Frankel also joined in. They all had some pretty jaw-dropping stories to tell about their experiences with this game-changer of a car.
As if that wasn’t enough, George Bamford of Bamford Watch Department collaborated to craft a limited-run wristwatch. It’s got elements lifted straight from the F1’s cockpit and only five will be made, exclusively for guests attending this intimate event.
Chris Vassilopoulos and Luke Rebelo of Kiklo Spaces nailed it when they said the McLaren F1 is a creation that’s more than the sum of its parts. It’s the epitome of automotive craftsmanship, and this event was a salute to that. It’s been three decades since the McLaren F1 reset the supercar benchmark, and having all these heavy-hitters gathered to celebrate its legacy? That’s something special. So cheers to everyone involved in ‘Uncovered at Thirty.’ I can’t wait for what comes next.