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Vintage McLaren Race Car Falls from Crane at Monaco Grand Prix

That’s not gonna buff out

Consider that feeling of disappointment when you waste $1.50 trying to capture a stuffed penguin from the bowling alley’s (clearly rigged) crane game. There’s a momentary sadness when you see the poor thing fall back into the sea of plush from whence it came, as it escapes the claw’s metal clutches.

Now imagine it’s not a stuffed penguin. It’s a historic McLaren 23 race car from the 1970s. And you’ve dropped it right onto a live circuit at the Monaco vintage grand prix. That’s not gonna buff out, either.

Just as a group of 1973-1976 Formula 1 cars are being released from behind the safety car, the McLaren drops like an anchor straight onto the track, clearly suffering some serious damage in the process. At first the nearby crew just looks on in astonishment, clearly as shocked as the commentators, before they start cleaning up the small pile of refuse that’s collected around the historic race car.

Unfortunately, the sudden red flags caused a major crowd to form on the track, and another racer behind the wheel of a Tyrrell ended up pointing straight at a wall in the process. Fortunately there were no injuries reported, but you can bet this ruined McLaren driver Stuart Hall’s day, among others’.