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Gordon Murray exhibition celebrates 50-years of design & engineering

2 August 2017

An exhibition is set to gather for the first time more than 40 iconic cars from Professor Gordon Murray’s 50-year career.

The exhibition will celebrate Professor Murray’s five decades of vehicle design and engineering. Car and motorsport enthusiasts across the world will be able to take a ‘virtual tour’ online of the stunning exhibits themselves and hear some of Gordon Murray’s comments about some of the exhibition’s most iconic cars.

The collection on display will encompass almost every car that Murray has designed or influenced, including ground-breaking Brabham and McLaren Formula 1 cars, McLaren road-going supercars, lightweight concepts, advanced sports cars, one-off specials and radical city cars.

There will also be a host of displays that provide an insight into how these iconic cars have shaped the modern automotive world, as well as the many cultural inspirations for Murray’s work over the decades.

A detailed online ‘virtual tour’ of the exhibition will be accessible through the Gordon Murray Design website. Any visitor to the website will be able to explore the various installations at their leisure, reviewing the unique characteristics and historical provenance of each vehicle.

The venue for the landmark celebration will be a brand-new facility in Dunsfold, Surrey, England. After the exhibition has concluded and the cars have departed, the site will be fitted out for Gordon Murray Design to use as its automotive centre, as well as for its design, development and production operations.

The exhibition coincides with other notable anniversaries for Prof. Murray in 2017: the 10th year of operation for Gordon Murray Design, 25 years since the McLaren F1 road car entered production and the 10th anniversary of the innovative and disruptive automotive manufacturing technology, trademarked iStream®.

“It will be a very proud and emotional day to see all these cars brought together, as they chart my professional life, as well as my perspective over the decades on complex challenges in vehicle design and engineering,” explains Professor Gordon Murray.

He adds: “Making this event happen presents a huge logistical challenge, as many of the vehicles are in private collections and distributed all around the world. Added to that is the fact almost all the cars are one-offs, and their value is greatly enhanced both by their rarity and, in many cases, by their race-winning pedigree. I am hugely appreciative of the generosity of those owners in granting us temporary custodianship of their cars for this unique event.”

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