Two-time Formula One champion Mika Hakkinen to demo a famed race car once driven by Dan Gurney and Peter Gethin.
20 years after earning his second consecutive Formula One drivers' championship, Mika Hakkinen will demonstrate his considerable driving talents behind the wheel of the 1970 McLaren M8D/3 'Batmobile' at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on 15 to 18 August at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
American racing legend Dan Gurney and British Formula One driver Peter Gethin each raced the 'Batmobile' during the 1970 Can-Am season as teammates to Denny Hulme following the tragic loss of Bruce McLaren. Gurney drove it during the first three races of the season, winning twice from the pole position at Mosport and Mont-Tremblant.
Gethin raced the car seven times, scoring a victory at Road America along with two other podiums. The car was used as a spare for Bruce McLaren Motor Racing drivers Peter Revson and Denny Hulme in 1971 and was in privateer hands from 1972 to 1974. The vivid papaya-coloured race car is powered by a roaring 7.6-litre Chevrolet engine. The high strut-mounted rear wing of its predecessor - the M8B - had been banned by Can-Am, so the M8D's rear wing was mounted low on fins, earning the car's 'Batmobile' nickname.