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1968 McLaren M6B

Racing Past Presented by Shannons Insurance.

In 1968 American Bobby Aylward purchased a new McLaren M6B (Chassis # 50-05) which he drove with success in the SCCA series and won the 1968 SCCA Midwest Division National A Sports Racing.

He won that series again in 1969 with the car. Things started to go badly for Bobby in 1969 when he wrecked the car during a race in Oklahoma hitting a tree. He was seriously injured as was the car. The remains of the McLaren were given to his mechanic, Ernie McCoy.

Car # 23
Engine: 5.7 litre Chev V8
Driver: Bob Harborow

As quoted in a McLaren registry." The remains, minus tub, which had been damaged beyond repair, were purchased by Leonard Janke, in partnership with Craig Pence, and the car was rebuilt and in 2007, sold to Lila Ben Zicron in California. He raced the car for a few years and sold it in Europe without provenance or ownership trail.

Ben Zicron then built another M6B with some original parts, which retained the provenance of the original car. He raced this car for several years as chassis #50-05”.

The car was sold to Bob Harborow in Australia in 2016, and has been progressively improved in its originality, and issued with full FIA papers for international competition.

As a footnote, Bobby Aylward never did completely recover from his injuries, but he continued his work in the oil industry, and sadly in 1978, at the age of 43, was killed during a gun deal that must have gone terribly wrong.