Colnbrook vs. Woking McLaren
Posted 31 January 2013 - 19:29
Posted 31 January 2013 - 20:41
When I used to commute from Guildford to Waterloo about ten years ago I couldn't read properly the signboard from the train because of the trees, but I always thought that was the place.
Sure you can see quite often road McLarens around town, to the point you hardly notice them at all. I saw a couple of them together in Esher too, before Christmas (must have been some Chelsea players).
Posted 31 January 2013 - 21:59
Posted 01 February 2013 - 14:00
McLaren GT is now in the old factory. It's the first building on the left as you face the gatehouse at the entry to the business park.
The two buildings on the right, lot 1 and lot2, are listed as rented by
McLaren Racing Group and McLaren Group Ltd.
Do you know what activities are going on there?
Posted 01 February 2013 - 14:02
Prior to that, they were not far away in Boundary Road, in the building by the right hand bend (coming from the town centre) now occupied by SAV Systems.
Do you know which year they moved to Boundary Road and
which year they moved on to the Woking Buisness Park?
Posted 01 February 2013 - 16:36
I recall that the first MP4 was built in Colnbrook - I remember seeing it going together, and it was such a nice, tidy, exquisitely integrated design (typical Barnard) that the M29 in the adjacent bay looked utterly, utterly outdated.
I also recall the McLaren Xmas party in 1980 was held at 17 David Road, so I would say that McLaren relocated to Boundary Road, Woking in 1981.
When they were on the Woking Business Park the building(s?) on the right (as viewed from the gate house) contained the R&D department, including the shaker rig. They may have had other departments in there - I don't know. I want to say TAG Electronics was in there initially too - I seem to remember a visit there when I was at Penske, but I may be mistaken on the venue. I wouldn't know what is in there now.
TAG Electronic Systems (nowadays McLaren Electronic Systems) was definitely eventually on the opposite side of the road, in the small business park adjacent to the railway line.
Edited by Nigel Beresford, 01 February 2013 - 17:11.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 17:13
So, early 1981.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 18:59
I recall that the first MP4 was built in Colnbrook
I´m a little confused over the timeline here.
I´ve read that Ron Dennis asked John Barnard to construct the MP4
carbonfiber chassis after the takeover of McLaren, that means september of 1980.
Would it be possible to construct and build such a revolutionary car in six months?
Posted 01 February 2013 - 19:05
Edited by Nigel Beresford, 01 February 2013 - 19:06.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 19:24
Note that word... "merger"... not a takeover.
Sorry Nigel! I stand corrected.
I think you could even call it a reversed merger.
Does that mean that McLaren, through Teddy Mayer, was involved in the
merger at an earlier date? Did McLaren have any plans for 1981 besides MP4?
Posted 01 February 2013 - 19:37
Posted 01 February 2013 - 21:27