McLaren Special Operations, MSO, has created a unique colour with a family story attached.
‘Muriwai’ is the New Zealand coastal community where Bruce McLaren first won his motor race at the age of fifteen and the name chosen for his family house in Surrey, England.
Muriwai is now the name of a new special paint colour in the MSO catalogue for the recently launched 570S Spider.
The colour itself, inspired by the whitewashed walls and deep-blue accents of his homestead, is white with blue flecks.
Amanda McLaren, Bruce’s only child, the MSO and AkzoNobel, McLaren paint partner, to develop the new paint colour.
“My mother Patty had been at a dinner party with a palm reader, who told her she’d live in a big white house with blue doors and shutters,” revealed Amanda.
“Whether by destiny or design, that is what transpired and Muriwai was a place of pride for Bruce and comfort to Patty years after my father’s premature death in 1970 at the age of 32. Muriwai was always special to my father; the exotic name as much as the house. Forty-two kilometres’ northwest of Auckland, it’s where he grew up and won his first hill climb, aged 15, at the wheel of an Ulster Austin which remains in McLaren’s heritage collection in Woking.”