TORONTO, Ont. — On the eve of the 2020 Canadian International AutoShow’s manufacturer Media Preview Day, Canada’s automotive, collector and motor racing community came together to help celebrate one of its iconic brands as one of North America’s premier auto shows prepares to put its best foot forward with the latest and greatest the market has to offer.
At its height, the Can-AM Challenge Cup was among the leading racing series in North America. And during its rise to prominence, it was dominated by McLaren Racing. It introduced the McLaren M6A specifically for the Can-AM Series, which Bruce McLaren drove to the 1967 series championship, It was the first of five consecutive series wins for the McLaren Racing team — Denny Hulme in a McLaren M8A in 1968, McLaren in a McLaren M8B in 1969, Hulme in 1970 in a McLaren M8D and Peter Revson in a McLaren M8F in 1971. Add in 12 Formula 1 world championships, three Indianapolis 500 titles and a victory in the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it is a resume fit for a hall of fame.
At a gala black tie dinner on February 12th, McLaren Racing was inducted into the International Category of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. The honour was accepted on behalf of the McLaren Racing team by retired driver Johnny Rutherford, who raced Team McLaren cars to two of its Indy 500 victories.
“On behalf of everyone at McLaren Racing, we are humbled to accept this honour,” said Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing. “McLaren has deep, strong roots in Canadian and North American motorsport, where our first major achievements in Can-AM and then IndyCar laid the groundwork for the decades of racing success that have followed. This is a fitting way to begin commemorating the 50th anniversary year of Bruce McLaren’s passing and also the 50th anniversary of our first entry into IndyCar, as we return to the series full-time this year. With that in mind, there is no better ambassador to represent McLaren at this event than Johnny ‘Lone Star JR’ Rutherford, whose illustrious successes in IndyCar are part of the very fabric of the team.”
Also attending the gala celebrating McLaren’s induction was Ross Brawn, Formula One managing director of motorsports and technical director, and sports car racing star Townsend Bell, who was Master of Ceremonies.
In partnership with the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, the 2020 Canadian International AutoShow is presenting a special exhibit at this year’s show celebrating the history of McLaren racing, showcasing some of its most famous cars.
Among the cars:
Media accreditation to the 2020 AutoShow is now online and can be requested at autoshow.ca/media-registration.
About the Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and annual attendance of 360,000, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year.
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