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    Thank you for the info sir. Looking forward to your future posts.

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    Peloton 25, you and Challenge It are going to get along very well.

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    Good to have you on here Erik! It's been a while!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheYeti View Post
    Thank you for the info sir. Looking forward to your future posts.
    Hey, me too. I wonder what else we will learn.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Carter View Post
    Peloton 25, you and Challenge It are going to get along very well.
    I hope we all do. What's with him though - big F1 fan himself I am guessing, maybe an owner? A few do actually post in message forums on the 'internets', if you can believe that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephan View Post
    Good to have you on here Erik! It's been a while!
    Hello Stephan - one of my many sources of some pieces of good intel and, of course fantastic images, over the years.

    Did you happen to get the chassis number of... nah, nevermind.

    >8^)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peloton25 View Post
    I hope we all do. What's with him though - big F1 fan himself I am guessing, maybe an owner? A few do actually post in message forums on the 'internets', if you can believe that.
    >8^)
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    Challenge It works on all of them and builds custom parts and exhausts for ALOT of big names. He did MTK's exhaust

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    Share the story of when you got to ride in a silver one! I loved reading it the first time you posted it.

    Also, do you know about flemke's blue F1 w/door mounted mirrors that has undergone some non-factory modifications? I have read some interesting things on PH about how he feels regarding the factory suspension on the car.

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    are there any f1s up here in the Pacific NW?

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    I know the owners of SPS quite well and i have been to visit them a couple of times, i know a little bit about SPS car. I also know a brown one in Japan owned by an SPS customer, nice guy. Amazing car, really low miles!!

    [QUOTE=Peloton25;696352]I should draw the line right here on asking any questions about Silver F1s. Man does that make my life difficult!

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    Bingo Sports still have number 13 for sale, although on consignment from the owner who, has just had it over in the uk at the factory, i believe a deposit has been taken on it in the past few weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZAMIRZ View Post
    Share the story of when you got to ride in a silver one! I loved reading it the first time you posted it.
    So far, it continues to be immortalized on the web on one forum I frequent after they captured the content for a Feature on their site:

    Reader Review: The McLaren F1 Experience

    The "Photo Gallery" link at the bottom of the page is still active as well.

    Also, do you know about flemke's blue F1 w/door mounted mirrors that has undergone some non-factory modifications? I have read some interesting things on PH about how he feels regarding the factory suspension on the car.
    Very familiar with chassis #040. Flemke is one of the best owners out there, and to give so much personal time to describing his experiences and opinions on the car is second to none. It is quite interesting the approach he has taken with the car. I even like the color and the new wheels! I am still waiting for him to somehow solve the F1's braking deficiencies with a carbon ceramic brake upgrade (my little pipe dream).

    Quote Originally Posted by jibaholic101 View Post
    are there any f1s up here in the Pacific NW?
    One that I am aware of - chassis #011, in Seattle, WA. I'll send you over to a post containing the info and photos in the "Dream Garage" thread, rather than repeat it all here. Scroll down a ways till you see the Metallic Blue F1.

    Quote Originally Posted by thecarfinder View Post
    I know the owners of SPS quite well and i have been to visit them a couple of times, i know a little bit about SPS car. I also know a brown one in Japan owned by an SPS customer, nice guy. Amazing car, really low miles!!
    Would love it if you were able to help solve the little chassis number mystery of the SPS car mentioned above.

    Also, I am familiar with the "brown" car you refer to if it was the one listed for sale by ArtSports in 2007. We were finally able to deduce that it was chassis #029 based on the translation of the color name "Brazilian Brown" in their website listing. The color is incredibly unique - a mixture of pink and brown to get the exact right shade the owner wanted according to a source from the factory. Here's a great shot from ArtSport's website:



    There is another F1, perhaps "lost" in Mexico, that is a much darker brown with gold wheels that would be the other brown F1 McLaren originally built. It should be chassis #039, listed as being painted "Creighton Brown" which was a bit of comedy, as that is actually the name of one of the four directors at McLaren Cars that initially conceived the idea of building the McLaren F1 back in 1988. Here's an image of it that seems to have been removed now from the ExoticSpotter website. Might as well tell the "whole story" of it here too.



    The info included on ES.com with that shot was "Mclaren F1 - Culiacan, Mexico - 05/25/2004"

    Looking back, there were a lot of lenghty discussion that went on about the two brown F1s before we were ever able to firmly nail down their chassis numbers. I hope that we have them right now, if not, flip-flop them as we have done so many times. Forever intwined really. Could even be McLaren's fault if they somehow got the names of the colors reversed when they compiled the chassis history poster included with each copy of "Driving Ambition"?

    Anywho, a user on another forum had first spotted the ES.com posting and sent it to me with a note that read:

    "Knowing that you are a McLaren expert, I want to ask you if you have any information on the car pictured in the link, it says it is located in Culiacan, Mexico and it wouldn't suprise me because it is a place full of Drug Lords."
    I sent him a response, with thanks telling him this was the very first time I had ever seen that F1, and adding what little info there was on the two brown F1. He replied:

    "It is really a surprise for me too. Im pretty much involved in the exotic car world in Mexico and know more or less what cars are in Mexico who owns them etc.. and had never known about a McLaren. The other thing that surprises me is that this car is in Culiacan a fairly small town that is run by drug lords, and this guys usually have no taste whatsoever and would prefer to buy an Escalade with spinners or a purple Lamborghini so this is really strange."
    My little comment to that was "Well, it is BROWN with GOLD wheels - probably not everyone's first choice."

    He sent me a follow up note later on that read:

    "I have been searching in mexican car forums, and I found some good information, the information is on a forum where they talk about japanese import cars and know nothing about european cars.

    They say the car is in Culiacan as the picture suggests, the car is owned by a drug dealer by the nickname of "robachivas" his real name I think was Ricardo Beltran, they say this guy was killed some time ago they burned him or something like that. I cant imagine what someone like this would do to a Mclaren most of them are people with no education and really bad taste, and would not know what a Mclaren means, but anyway.

    Another guy says in the forum that the car has been stored because since this guy was killed they cant find any keys for the car, again this might be or might not be true, I have sent him a message to see what I can get, and to confirm if the car is still in Mexico.

    I have got another picture of the car where you can see it better and in higher resolution, It is a brown color with gold rims, and the car behind has Culiacan plates so this confirms that this car is really in Mexico."
    This conversation all took place back in Jan 2007. As mentioned there, he also managed to locate one additional photo of the car on a Mexican forum for me - these are still the only two images I have of the car at all.

    <-- Click for hires

    Since then there has been nothing new at all. He pinged me back about 1 year ago asking if I had found anything new and I had not. He continues to poke around from time to time, trying not to risk his life in the process (I hope) and hadn't found any new details either. So this F1 is definitely MIA for now, but it makes for a very interesting story I think.

    >8^)
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