Synopses & Reviews
The M23 is instantly recognisable to many people as the ‘Marlboro’-liveried car that took James Hunt to the Drivers’ World Championship in 1976. The intense rivalry between Hunt and Niki Lauda for the ’76 World Championship is the subject of a forthcoming major Hollywood film, Rush, scheduled for release during 2013. The film is directed by Ron Howard (the man behind Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code and Frost/Nixon), and the script for the film has been penned by British screenwriter Peter Morgan, whose credits include Frost/Nixon and The Queen. The McLaren M23 first appeared in 1973, and was McLaren’s first World-Championship-winning car, winning two championships – in 1974 in the hands of Emerson Fittipaldi, and in 1976 in the hands of James Hunt.
The McLaren M23 first appeared in 1973, and became McLaren’s first World Championship winner when Emerson Fittipaldi took the title in 1974. As depicted in the new feature film Rush, James Hunt gloriously repeated the feat in 1976 after a mighty season-long battle with Niki Lauda. Here, in this new Haynes Manual, is unique perspective on what it takes to restore, maintain and race a McLaren M23, as well as an insight into the design, engineering and development of this landmark Formula 1 car.
Ian Wagstaff is a freelance journalist specialising in motorsport and the automotive components industry. He writes for numerous magazines in both Europe and the USA, including Racecar Engineering, Race Engine Technology and Motor Sport. In 2006 he was awarded the Mercedes-Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for his book The British at Le Mans. The author of Haynes’s Lotus 72 Manual, he lives in Oxfordshire.
About the Author
Freelance journalist Ian Wagstaff won the Mercedes Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for his book, The British at Le Mans. He wrote for Autosport and Motoring News before becoming press and promotions manager at Silverstone in the late 1970s. His current work for Racecar Engineering, Race Engine Technology, Performance Racing Industry, The Paddock, The Red Bulletin and Auto Technology takes him to races throughout Europe and the USA, including the Indianapolis 500.