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.
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.