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Shed tears: Watch Pink Floyd's Nick Mason crash his McLaren GTR
By Matthew Hansen • 20/03/2017
There's one enormous question that one has to ponder before they even think about purchasing a collectible car; am I going to drive it regularly? And that question gains more emphasis when the car is something reportedly capable of achieving 0–100 in less than three seconds ...
A McLaren F1 GTR is just such a car. Just five were made in road-car form, making them rather difficult things to come across.
To own sa car like an F1 GTR is complicated enough as it is, before you even consider ever actually taking it outside. With values of the standard McLaren F1 estimated at around $20 million bucks (heaven knows exactly what the even rarer GTR is worth these days), taking it out of the garage for a spin to the shops becomes hugely risky business.
But not only does GTR owner Nick Mason, Pink Floyd drummer, take his one out. He even takes it to the track. And as we all know, bad things can happen on race tracks ... and sadly fate picked Mason's McLaren to be its next victim.
While demonstrating the GTR overnight at Goodwood's 75th Members Meeting (which is actually still going on right now), Mason lost control of the machine and smacked it into a tyre wall at St. Mary's corner. The damage sustained looks largely cosmetic, and if there's someone who can afford the repairs on a McLaren it's probably the drummer to one of the most influential rock bands in history.
Mason is no stranger to cars and the art of driving them quickly. He's competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and owns a long list of incredible cars; including a Ferrari 250 GTO, a Bugatti T35, and a Porsche 962.
You have to hand it to the 73-year-old for allowing these cars of his to breathe, since many others sadly leave them to sit quietly in museums or conceal them in garages. Let's hope Mason doesn't stop any time soon.