The Mclaren Diary

by BJ Panda Bear

When I was a kid I used to steal my mom’s SL55 Mercedes and head to Hollywood after a brief stop to pick up friends and diet Red Bull. Once in clubland, we would run amuck in the strobe of lights of the last days of electro. We would wear the egregious outfits from thrift stores mixed with a touch of indie labels. It was a fond memory as it was also the first time I had a taste of my own controlled speed, racing through Sunset Blvd to head home and I would dash as fast and loud as I could. Years later, and I’d like to think I am still the same, albeit, the outfits got better.

When I got the chance to take over a McLaren 720S Spider last week, I was so excited to cruise and pose with this gentle beast. I gave her the adopted name of “Candy” for the week. I really indulged in the chance to rev the engine as I zoomed through Beverly Hills on Sunset Blvd once again. Within 2.8 seconds I would be humming along the boulevard at 60 mph, adrenaline pumping, yet cautious to the might of “Candy”. The actual drive was unparalleled to anything I’ve ridden due to Super Series dynamic performance and the gorgeous body that was lighter than air, thanks to the unique carbon fibre body structure. I spent all the time I had with “Candy” — top down and letting my hair flow in a perfect start to summer. With each lift of the suicide doors I evoked the spirit of a rapper in a full cinematic panning sequence, as well as that of all the socialite of my youth. As music is the most important component to maximizing the driving experience, I would like to present a little playlist to complement my diary to where I rode “Candy,” the McLaren 720S Spider.

After receiving the car I head over to Dana Boulos’ shoot with the Australian band Amyl and The Sniffers blasting the bands track, “I’m Not A Loser”

After receiving the car I head over to Dana Boulos’ shoot with the Australian band Amyl and The Sniffers blasting the bands track, “I’m Not A Loser”

Later that evening, I went to dinner with the artist Lisa Reider to try out the new spot Antico.

Later that evening, I went to dinner with the artist Lisa Reider to try out the new spot Antico.

The next day I was upgraded to a sports model to try out the fit. It was snug and felt like I was about to go on a racing track. I felt invincible.

The next day I was upgraded to a sports model to try out the fit. It was snug and felt like I was about to go on a racing track. I felt invincible.

After work, I ran over to the Jonathan Simkhai Pre Fall showroom appointment.

After work, I ran over to the Jonathan Simkhai Pre Fall showroom appointment.

Right after I went to pick up Chris Dowson, who’s chair from Flutter was purchased by Kelly Wearstler for the new  Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Right after I went to pick up Chris Dowson, who’s chair from Flutter was purchased by Kelly Wearstler for the new Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Arriving at the Proper Hotel for their artist cocktail

Arriving at the Proper Hotel for their artist cocktail

Saw so many artist friends, including Theodore Boyer and Ben Medansky, whose work was scattered around the space, but could not deal with the love for Kelly Lamb’s bronze sculpture.

Saw so many artist friends, including Theodore Boyer and Ben Medansky, whose work was scattered around the space, but could not deal with the love for Kelly Lamb’s bronze sculpture.

The next day I took the car for a drive on Sunset Blvd. I really tried to play with the speeds

The next day I took the car for a drive on Sunset Blvd. I really tried to play with the speeds

A stop at the SLS to grab a pre-dinner tea with Tea and Stefano

A stop at the SLS to grab a pre-dinner tea with Tea and Stefano

The night ended at Chateau Marmont where my friend Samira Larouci was having her goodbye dinner.

The night ended at Chateau Marmont where my friend Samira Larouci was having her goodbye dinner.


The McLaren 720S Spider starts at $315,000