The M6A was a crucial race car for Bruce McLaren and his team—it helped them to the first of their many Can Am championships. It was the first McLaren powered by a Chevy small block, for which McLaren developed its own fuel-injection system. This Can Am monster was also the car that introduced McLaren Orange to the world, in a package offering 525- horsepower in a 1355-lb. car.
This story was updated 9/22/17 at 11:52 a.m. with new video from Motor Sport.
Here's how much that massive V8 caused the body panels to flex and shake at speed:
To celebrate the fact that, 50 years ago, Bruce McLaren Racing won all but one race in the Can-Am series in his M6A (Bruce won twice, teammate Denny Hulme three times), McLaren took one to Donington Park, and made one motoring journalist work very hard indeed.
How the M6A became the McLaren F1 GTR's grandfather is another story for another day. In the meantime, enjoy the sight and sounds of Bruce McLaren's brilliant and brutish machine taking to the track once again, thanks to this great video produced for a story you can read in the October issue of :