This 1:43-scale model is of the winning McLaren M7A from the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix. It was a significant victory for driver & team owner, Bruce McLaren, because it was the first for the McLaren team in the F1 World Championship.
The model is based on a Tenariv kit, but there is a very high level of detail using many scratch-built parts made by Pierre and the intention was for the finished model to have an even greater level of detail than the Ferrari 312 B (click here to view this model).
It was also supposed to be a closed model but in early July 2010, about 6 months into the project, the model took a different turn and it became an opening model. This was because it became clear that the model would benefit from being opened up in order to facilitate the build. This necessity in turn meant that the finished model would have the added bonus of five removable sections of bodywork enabling a better view of the detail beneath. It also resulted in the finished model being more like the real car, although the scuttle section of the bodywork was not something that would have been easily removed on the original.
The model was finished in March 2011.