I trust you wrote to the editor to inform him, or her, of the issue.
My original complaint a few posts back was that Motor Sport were treating their readers as uneducated fools, but in fact it's much worse than that, our once-trusted magazine has been well and truly suckered, and big time! The car they've pictured and described at some length in the current issue is apparently an out and out fake, it apparently contains not one single component part of the original Cooper/Penske Zerex Special, which the Magazine laughably tries to pass off as "McLaren's forgotten CanAm Racer". Evidence? Well, take a look at the few most recent posts in another current TNF thread The "R" Words, in particularly those from long time TNF member T54, aka Philippe de Lespinay. Philippe knows quite a lot about the car and its history, including current whereabouts. I think he's also still the current owner of the Cooper T54 Indianapolis racer that Jack Brabham drove, and that car is still fitted with what P de L tells us is the sole surviving oversize Coventry Climax engine of the two that originally existed, . Philippe's wise words from the other TNF thread are copied below. This will save the curious from having to search for themselves, and I trust this is all OK under forum rules.
Just for your pleasure and amazement, now we have this replica pretending (at least in this journalistic piece) and claiming to be a "restoration" because of the use of some discarded bones of the original car, that is still in Venezuela to this day. Now, comparing the pictures of said bones published years ago in these very pages, funny but they don't match any part of the original vehicle as acquired by Bruce. Oh never mind...
... In any case, in my opinion, journalistic fraud and a black eye to an otherwise fine magazine, at least until recently.
Dave Morgan did not purchase the car from Roger Penske but from Bruce McLaren. Roger Penske no longer owned the car then, since he had sold it to John Mecom at the end of the 1962 season. Mecom in turn sold the car to McLaren in mid-1963. When the new McLaren Mk1 was first raced, the highly modified Cooper, that did not have much "Cooper" left on it, became surplus to requirement and was sold to Morgan. There could have been one person in-between. Morgan in turn sold the car to Leo Barbozza, who imported the car to Venezuela. It is still there today and many people tried to purchase its remains, to no avail.
Now, calling this brand new fabrication, that bears not a single part of the original car, a "restoration" is pure journalistic FRAUD. This car is a100% replica pretending to claim some form of genuineness from a bit of tubing supposedly left over from the rebuild by McLaren in 1964. It is as far as I and Cooper experts can tell, patently FALSE.
The genuine engine, that did time in the original Cooper-Zerex, has been back in the car for which it was originally built, the Cooper-Climax T54 Indy car, since 1989. It is one of two very special 2.8-liter engines built by Coventry-Climax for the 1961 "Indy 500", and the only survivor of the two.
Not very pleased with this story of misrepresentation, as it damages the high credibility of the magazine.
It appears that our previously loved and respected publication has a little explaining to do...
Edited by kayemod, 05 August 2019 - 17:56.