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If you are wondering what the trumpets of angels sound like, listen to F1 champion Mika Hakkinen rip through the gears in the 1995 Ueno Clinic McLaren F1 GTR.

This is at the Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca this past week. I missed this demo run but it was all anybody was talking about. Every third conversation was about how hard he looked like he was driving and how good the car sounded.

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Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik
Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik

I did manage to see the car in its pit stall, and I was actually raptured.

Illustration for article titled Fun Fact: The McLaren F1 GTRs Downshifts Come Directly From Heaven
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Photo Credits: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik
Photo Credits: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik

I’m gone. Goodbye. I went out as I had always dreamed I would: after seeing a car I really liked and then dying of joy.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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