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2014 Wednesday May 15: 1966-1974 Can-Am Cars are Racing This Weekend at the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival and the Public is Invited

It was the fastest, most innovative, most awesome, most powerful (up to 500 hp) road racing series ever: the 1966-1974 Can-Am Series for Unlimited Sports Racing Cars. About 25 of these powerful cars will run their qualifying race on the Sonoma Raceway road racing circuit at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. The 11-lap Can-Am Feature race takes place at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday, May 18

The original Can-Am cars included the dominant McLarens and Porsches, plus Lola, BRM, Matich, Ferrari, Chaparral and Shadow. They were driven by the best of the best in their era: Mark Donohue, John Surtees, Mario Andretti, Jim Hall, George Follmer, Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme, Phil Hill and more.

There is a special seminar with 1972 champion George Follmer, Don Nichols of Shadow, and others happening at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Over 350 vintage and historic cars will be racing in 14 groups, with qualifying on Saturday and racing on Sunday. These great cars range from the 1920s through the 1980s.

Tickets are $30 each day. Tickets and information are available online at www.racesonoma.com/tickets/sonoma_historic_motorsports_festival.

2014 Tuesday January 21 – The Historic Can-Am Association, HCAA, Is Encouraging All Historic Can-Am Owner/Drivers To Enter The Three Major Historic Can-Am Feature Races At Major Vintage Race Weekends in 2014

The major events are:
May 15-18 – Steve Earle’s Sonoma Historics www.generalracing.com;
July 17-20 – The Official 2014 HCAA Historic Can-Am Feature Race and Reunion at Road America’s “The Hawk” Vintage and Historic Race. The target is over 30 cars. www.roadamerica.com;
August 14-17 – Historic Can-Am Feature Race supported by HCAA with Special Awards at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The target is over 30 cars. www.mazdaraceway.com

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2013 Tuesday December 17 – The December Holiday Celebration Victory Lane Auto Enthusiast and Racers Lunch at AutoVino on the 18th Presents 2014 Vintage Special Features and Events

The coming year is full of special marque salutes from Maserati to Turner and much in between. Special Feature Races and Reunions include many marques and past series salutes from Historic Can-Am to Formula Vee. There are over three dozen such features at vintage races and events across North America. Victory Lane staff and special guests will preview these. AutoVino, an auto lifestyle facility, is located at 205 Constitution Avenue in Menlo Park, California just off the intersection of Marsh Road and Interstate 101 in the San Francisco Bay area. Bench racing begins at 11:30 am, Lunch at noon, program starts at 12:30 pm. Roundtable discussion is encouraged. Fee is $20. Please RSVP to Victory Lane Magazine – Pam Shatraw, 650-321-1411. (CA)

2013 Thursday December 5 – Historic Can-Am Will Wow The Crowds in 2014 At Three Big Vintage Race Weekends: General Racing’s Sonoma Historics May 15-18, Road America’s The Hawk July 17-20 and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion August 14-17

The goal to increase Can-Am entries for the annual Can-Am grid is in General Racing’s entry packet for the May 15-18 Sonoma Historics at Sonoma Raceway. Historic Can-Am entries are due before or on January 1, 2014. The event is usually over subscribed so early entry is advised. Acceptance letters are planned to be sent on January 29, 2014.

The Historic Can-Am race is on the official Vintage Race Group List Released last week by Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This circuit hosted some of the most exciting original 1966-1974 Can-Am races. These races attracted huge crowds for the spectacular Fall Can-Am Weekends. The Rolex Monterey Motorsport Weekend annually hosts over 500 vintage race cars in 15 or 16 race group features.

The Historic Can-Am cars have been appearing annually at the big Road America July vintage and historic race weekend since 1992. The Sunday feature race is equally exciting for both the large crowd of spectators attracted by these legendary, powerful, fast cars and for the vintage owner/drivers who challenge the long 4.2 mile road circuit. The Historic Can-Am Feature will salute McLaren Can-Am cars which were series champions from 1967-1971. This big vintage racing weekend annually attracts the largest grid of Historic Can-Am cars to the favorite road circuit of Historic Can-Am drivers.

2013 Tuesday July 23: The Hawk Annual Vintage And Historic Racing Weekend, July 18-21, At Road America Once Again Attracted Nearly 500 Entrants To North Americas Legendary And Longest, 4.2 Miles, Road Racing Circuit, Which Is Located A Hours Drive North Of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Near Elkhart Lake

Corvette was the featured marque with record entries from 1954 models to 2004 factory C5Rs.

The Historic Can-Am feature presented by Victory Lane Magazine had unlimited Group 7 cars form every year of the 1966-74 original Canadian American Challenge Cup Series. This was the greatest and last series of unlimited innovation with “nearly no rules, only four tires, two doors, two seats and go racing.” The ultimate Can-Am Cars, the ’74 Shadow DN4 driven by Craig Bennet finished first overall and won the Big Block class. He was closely pursued by Jim Pace in the ex Oscar Koveleski ’68 Auto World McLaren M8B who won the Small Block Class. The dice for Tube Frame honors was contested by Tom Simpson in the ’66 McKee MK6 and Norm Cowdrey in his ex Paul Newman “Winning Movie” ’67 Wedge McKee 7/10 who finished in that order. In the special awards ceremony the class awards were presented to the past original Can-Am participants were awarded champagne. The big Can-Am Celebration Cup was presented to Dave Ritter for the sportsman like drives in his Lola T70. The Denny Hulme Award was given to Norm Cowdrey for long time support of the Historic Can-Am Association. A new Indomitable Award sponsored by Lilo Zircon, A.C. D’Augustine and David Jacobs was presented to Robert Ryan in his McLaren M6B who consistently made the effort to race in all HCAA Can-Am Feature Races.

All eleven groups had impressive racing grids. Test and tune on track sessions opened on Thursday. Friday and Saturday were morning practice days with a Friday afternoon qualifying session and Saturday afternoon qualifying races. The Sunday races were the features for all eleven-race groups. A full event report and photos will be in Victory Lane Magazine, the Vintage Racers Favorite Magazine.

The festive weekend included a big Thursday night party hosted by Road America for over 1,000 racers and crews and guests at the Road America Center.

The celebration opened on Wednesday evening with a press party at Can-Am, F5000 and Indy Car racer, David Hobbs Honda dealership in Milwaukee.

Also Wednesday evening was the Historic Circuit Preservation Society Banquet. The program was Can-Am Tales: Past and Present, a panel discussion moderated by HCAA and Victory Lane Magazine Chairman Dan Davis. The Past and Original participants were Ike Smith former crew chief, George Drolsom, seven year Can-Am driver, Bob McKee, Can-Am car builder. The present was Tom Simpson twenty-year Road America vintage Can-Am driver, over 130 attendees enjoyed the dinner and program.

Friday evening was the big Nationwide Race Car Concours, with cars parading from the track to downtown Elkhart Lake and exhibiting in downtown before a crowd of 10,000. Saturday evening was the downtown car show with a similar crowd.

The weekend started with challenging 90° plus temperatures but finished with Saturday and Sunday of mid 70° days before a near record crowd of spectators.

2013 Wednesday July 3: The Most Exciting Moment At Of Any Vintage Race Weekend Is The Start Of Historic Can-Am Feature Race At Road America Every July, With Over 30 Unlimited, 1966-1974, Group 7, 600 to 1,000 HP Sports Racing Cars. This Year It Takes Place Sunday July 21

Road America’s “The Hawk” has the largest vintage race entry in North America and a huge spectator attendance. Every year, leading up to the 50th Can-Am Anniversary in 2016, the Featured Sunday race is for Historic Can-Am Cars. This year there are over 30 cars representing such champion makes and types as Porsche 917, Shadow DN4, McLaren 8F, Lola T70, McLaren M6, plus contenders form McKee, Matich, BRM, Lola 165, McLaren M8E, Lola 160, Lola T70 MK IIIB, Gurneys McLeagle, McLaren M1 and Ferrari 512. The Feature theme salutes “Chevy Power” to honor engines that powered Can-Am Championship Cars in seven of the nine series years.

Corvette is the Feature marque for the entire “The Hawk” vintage and historic racing weekend, which takes place July 18-21. Over 50 Corvettes in various classes are expected to attend and show off the long racing history of “America’s Sports Car” from the 1950s until today.

Almost every type of vintage and historic type and marquee of car racing over the three-day weekend in 12 different race groups with features for each group on Sunday. Practice and qualifying is on Friday and Saturday.

The weekend festival also includes concours and car shows in the nearby town of Elkhart Lake. There are tours of the original course through the country and town of the original road circuit of the early 1950s.

Spectator tickets and info www.roadamerica.com

2013 Tuesday June 25: Chevrolet Power Is Featured At Road America’s Big historic Racing Weekend “The Hawk”, July 18-31, With Chevy Corvette As Featured Marque, The Historic Can-Am Sunday Feature Race Saluting Seven Of Nine Chevy Powered Wins Of 1966-1974 Plus The Wednesday, July 17, Historic Dinner On “Tales Of The Can Am, Then And Now”

The largest 2013 gathering of historic Can-Am Cars of 1966-1974 will race at Road America July 18-19 in the Sunday Feature historic Race. Road America is North America’s Largest and Fastest Road Racing Circuit, which is the perfect circuit for the big, powerful unlimited historic Can-Am Cars. In the late 1960s and early 1970s they were the fastest and most powerful road racing cars in the world. The historic Can-Am Feature on-track festivities begin about 12:30 and the 30 minute feature races takes the green about 1 PM, just after the workers lunch break. There will be many Corvettes form the earliest 1950s cars to the 1960s Grand Sports right up to the great IMSA and lemans Corvettes. Chevrolet power was key to Corvette becoming a winning sports car since its first serious competition year of 1956.

The Elkhart Lake Historic Race Circuits Preservation Society 2013 Summer Social Dinner at Victorian Village will kick off this vintage weekend on Wednesday evening. The bar opens at 5:30, dinner is at 7:15. The Special Program is Tales of The Can-Am, Then and Now With Dan Davis Chairman Historic Can-Am Association plus original era and current historic Can-Am Participants.

Historic Can-Am entrant info: call Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).

Road Americas “The Hawk” entrant and spectator info www.roadamerica.com or phone 800-365-race.

2013 Monday May 20: There Will Be Mega-Horsepower And Speeds Of Over 220 MPH At North America’s Largest Vintage And Historic Race, July 18-21 On North America’s Longest And Most Spectacular Road Racing Circuit, Road America For The Hawk Vintage Races Saluting Corvette And Featuring The Great Unlimited Historic Can-Am In Sunday's Feature.

Nearly 600 cars in some 12 different racing groups will be on-track beginning Thursday July 18th, for a test day. Friday and Saturday are practice and qualifying sessions on this 4.2-mile circuit located an hour and a half north of Milwaukee near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

The Historic Can-Am Feature saluting Chevy power, will have the largest gathering of the year for these 1966-1974 Sports Racing Cars with power ranging from 500 to over 1,000 horsepower. A Corvette field will be equally impressive with an all Corvette race plus the usual Corvette vs. Cobra and Mustang rivalry in group races.

Every type and size of Sports Racing Car, Production Sports Car and Formula Car will be at this event, in big numbers. The marques will include Lotus, Corvette, Lola, MG, Jaguar, Lagonda, Aston Martin, Audi, Bugatti, Sunbeam, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati, BMW and many more.

Historic Can-Am entries and info call Pam Shatraw Historic Can-Am Association 650-321-1411 (CA). Other entries for registration and spectators go to www.roadamerica.com

2013 Wednesday May 8: Auto Enthusiasts, On-Track Participants, Vintage Racers, Concours Participants And Car Collectors Are Invited To The Monthly San Francisco Bay Area Auto Enthusiasts And Racers Lunch On May 15, For A Roundtable Discussion, “The Vintage Car Scene: Past, Present And Future.”

Members and representatives form Bay Area vintage racing clubs, marque clubs, restoration and race prep shops, concours and media will be present and discussing this interesting subject. All attendees are welcome to join in this roundtable discussion. It all happens at AutoVino, 205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, California. AutoVino is a auto lifestyle facility located near the intersection of Interstate 101 and Marsh Road.

These monthly lunches and gatherings happen the third Wednesday of each month. Bench racing starts at 11:30, lunch 12:00 noon. The program and discussion is from 12:30 to about 1:15. Tickets are $20 by advance RSVP. Call Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).

2013 Tuesday February 5: Urgent Notice To Racers And Motorsport Sanctioning Bodies From SFI: Non Flame Resistant Racing Suits Being Sold

Mike Hurst, Technical Manager SFI Foundation, Inc., has issued an important safety notice. It has been brought to the attention of the SFI Foundation that certain driver protective suits being manufactured and distributed into the marketplace present a unique and serious threat to the safety of the drivers.

These suits incorporate an outer layer of material that is neither flame nor heat resistant, and will melt at relatively low temperatures. These suits are commonly identified by the nature of their graphics, which are achieved by a process called dye sublimation. Rather than using more traditional graphic methods such as patches attached to, or embroidery sewn into the suit, this process provides for complex and vivid graphics, which are actually imbedded directly into the outer material layer.

Dye sublimation is currently being used on synthetic materials (e.g. Nylon, Cordura, and Polyester) that have little or no fire or heat resistant properties. Dye sublimated synthetic driver suits have been distributed for use in motorsport disciplines in which the sanctioning bodies have no minimum standards for driver protective clothing.

Currently there are no participants in the SFI Specification 3.2A programs using approved materials incorporating the dye sublimation process. Nylon Cordura, or Polyester driver suit layers or panels, with or without dye sublimation, are not certified or identified by the manufacturer as meeting SFI Spec 3.2A, or any other accepted industry wide standard.

Should technical inspectors or scrutineers observe a driver suit which incorporates the dye sublimation graphic process and / or Nylon, Cordura or Polyester panels or layers, the driver should be made aware of the potential danger of wearing such a suit in competition, and should be directed to contact the manufacturer immediately.

Please note that Racewear Manufacturing/Awesome Racewear has previously manufactured and sold dye-sublimated race suits that fully met SFI Spec 3.2A, and the certification of those suits remain valid. Info: SFI, 15708 Pomerado Road, Suit N208, Poway, CA 92064. Call 858-451-8868 or fax 858-451-9268 or visit http://www.sfifoundation.com/

2012 Wednesday August 8: Central Texas BBQ On The Main Street In Castroville, California Is A Traditional Racers And Enthusiasts Lunch Or Dinner Spot During The Monterey Auto Festival , August 11-19.

To be exact it is located at 10500 Merritt Street, just off Highway 152 cutoff between 101 at Prunedale and Highway 1 on the coast.

It has long been the casual atmosphere place for racers, workers and fans to stop for the traditional Texas dry rub style of ribs, beef brisket, pork shoulder and even turkey BBQ served for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

For years it has been the traditional to pin business cards on the wall, and there have been some famous ones over the three decades plus that this must stop for racers has been serving up BBQ. Don Elkins is the owner/carver. Ask him about his favorite race dinner.

2012 Monday July 16:

The Historic Can-Am Feature July 15, Presented By Victory Lane Magazine During Road America’s “The Hawk” Vintage Racing Weekend Was A Thriller With The Overall And Big Block Class Lead Changing On The Last Lap And The Tube Frame Class Winner Coming From Last On The Grid To Sixth Overall All In The Last Few Laps.

This mega vintage racing weekend annually attracts over 50,000 spectators and 500 vintage and historic racing entrants. The big Sunday 1 pm, 30-minute Feature Race entry was over 35 cars including many of the marque of the meet, Lola T70 Sports Racing Cars.

The Historic Can-Am Association (HCAA) Feature Race, presented by Victory Lane Magazine and organized by Victory Lane Motorsports Marketing, is held every other year at the big annual Road America vintage and historic race weekend. The event now has a new name, The Hawk with Brian Redman. Chevrolet is now the official vehicle.

This year the Group 7, Unlimited Can-Am Cars on the grid included: McLaren’s, Lola’s, McKee’s, Genie’s, Shadow’s, a Matich and a Ferrari. Craig Bennett had qualified his Shadow DN4 for the Sunday Feature on the overall pole and first in the Big Block at an astonishing two minutes and six seconds lap time. Ahead of Roger Williams in a McLaren M8 E/F coming to Road America for the first time, all the way from New Zealand. Fast qualifier in the Small Block Class was Peter Kitchak in a Lola T70 Coupe, just edging out Toby Bean in a similar Lola T70 Coupe. The Tube Frame class pole sitter was Farrell Preston in a McLaren 1B ahead of Tom Simpson’s McKee Mk6 some way back.

The line-up in the hot pits began at 20-till 1 pm complete with all the usual historic pre-race festivities. After the pace lap began the green flag flew about 1 pm and the roar of probably 20,000 horsepower shook the ground as the cars roared under the starters stand and into turn one. There was many changes of position as the drivers settled into a race pace and tires warmed up. Craig Bennett in the Shadow easily held off the group of Peter Kitchak, Toby Bean, Tom Malloy and Roger Williams exchanging positions, staying close to the Shadow, but unable to challenge.

There were interesting dices further back as first Farrell Preston’s McLaren had problems and Tom Simpson and AC D’Agustine in a Genie fought for the Tube Frame Class. However, the Ferrari 512 of Paul Brown passed them by mid-race and continued to a great sixth overall and the Tube Frame Class win.

Meanwhile at the front, Ed Swart in his white McLaren M8 F/P had come to grip with older tires and was now in the challenge group behind the Shadow. Over the next four laps as the longer race surprises took hold there were questions on the outcome. Then last lap the Shadow coasted to a halt halfway around after showing some traces of smoke. Roger Williams in the McLaren edged ahead of Toby Bean’s T70. Peter Kitchak had mechanical problems and fell back to then retire.

The surprise finish then had Roger Williams, M8 E/F first overall, first Big Block, Ed Swart, McLaren M8 F/P, second Big Block and fourth overall, Toby Bean, Lola T70 Coupe second overall, first in Small Block. Tom Malloy, third overall, second in Small Block and Paul Brown, Ferrari 512 first in Tube Frame, ninth overall.

There will be a full report with photos in the September issue of Victory Lane Magazine, complete with stories and all results from the entire weekend and all the race groups.

2012 Monday July 9: HCAA Historic Can-Am Feature Race Presented By Victory Lane Magazine, July 15 during Road America’s The Hawk With Brian Redman Vintage Race Weekend.

The Great, Unlimited, Awesome Can-Am Cars Of 1966-1974 will again be the Feature, at North America’s largest vintage and historic racing event, Road America’s The Hawk July 12-15, 2012. This year the Lola T70 is the event marque. This event attracts over 500 entrants annually and Historic Can-Am Cars are the Feature every other year. This year marks the 20th year for the Historic Can-Am Association, HCAA, Features at Road America 1992-2012.

John Surtees drove a Lola T70 to the first Can-Am Drivers Championship in 1966. The Lola T70s expected for the special reunion will have a special all Lola T70 Saturday race plus join many other Can-Am Cars for the three days of “Can-Am car only” practice and qualifying sessions topped by the big Sunday afternoon Victory Lane Magazine Historic Can-Am Feature Race with over 35 cars on the starting grid.

Historic Can-Am owner/drivers and crew will enjoy all weekend hospitality in the big HCAA Victory Lane Magazine Marquee. This includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The marquee is also the site for autograph sessions with Can-Am legendary drivers, car builders and crews. This year a special poster is available for the autograph sessions.

The Historic Can-Am Feature early Sunday afternoon is complete with all the festivities of the original series: the Can-Am cars are staged two across on the front straight, with the umbrella girls shielding the drivers from the sun, The Canadian and United States National Anthems are played as the fans listen to the cars come to life. The cars take two parade laps of the 4.2 mile road racing circuit, which winds through the picturesque, rolling Wisconsin Kettle Moraine countryside, then roar under the starters green flag for 30 minutes of exciting racing. This great circuit provides the best venue in North America, and perhaps the world, where cars are challenged by elevation changes, a 70 mph corner numerous 140 mph corners, the 180 degree Carousel turn, the famous flat out “Kink”, a 180 mph back straight and a 240 mph front straight all in front of fifty thousand fans.

A big trophy and awards podium celebration is held at race end at the HCAA Victory Lane Magazine Marquee. Class awards are given for Unlimited Turbo, Big Block, Small Block Monocoque and Tube Frame classes. The huge Historic Can-Am Cup is awarded to the individual who has best supported HCAA for the year. The Denny Hulme Trophy is presented to the owner/driver who best demonstrates the Spirit Of Can-Am during the weekend.

The Historic Can-Am movement began in 1987 when Dan Davis, Victory Lane Magazine Publisher, organized the Historic Can-Am Registry. That grew to over 100 Historic Can-Am cars by 1990 when the organization became the Historic Can-Am Association, and held its first Feature at Watkins Glen International.

A Feature was then held at Road Atlanta in 1991 and then every year in July at Road America through 2006, and every other year thereafter to the present. There are Features at several other Road Racing circuits over the years. Big Anniversary Features have been held at Road America The 30th Anniversary Event in 1996 attracted over 80 Historic Can-Am Cars and included some 20 from Europe. The 40th Anniversary in 2006 attracted an equally impressive entry. Plans are already underway for the big 50th Anniversary year in 2016.

All Historic Can-Am type cars that entered or could have entered any of the 1966-1974 Can-Am Series races or the European Interserie Races are welcome to request entry. They are required to run period induction, no modern electronic fuel induction or electronic engine management system, they are to be raced by the car’s owner. HCAA encourages all Historic Can-Am car owners and their cars be registered with the association to receive the occasional Historic Can-Am Newsletter and to receive regular entry info for HCAA Features.

All HCAA Features are organized for the Historic Can-Am Association by Victory Lane Motorsports Marketing Inc. For entry info call Dan Davis or Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).

2012 Friday July 6: USRRC Seniors Tour To Celebrate In 2013 The 50th Anniversary Of The United States Road Racing Championship Of 1963-1968, One Of The Most Astonishing, Important, Controversial, Breakthroughs In Road Racing History, SCCA Goes Pro!
Events will be held at many vintage races and concours. SCCA organized the United States Road Racing Championship, USRRC, after organizing a decade and-a-half of great amateur racing, but now challenged by both FIA and USAC major pro road races in North America. The announcement in late 1962 for a pro series beginning in 1963 was for “Modified,” now called Sports Racing cars with their drivers competing for a USRRC Drivers Championship and a Manufactures Championship for FIA Grand Touring/Production Sports Cars. The media, manufacture’s, racer’s and racing team’s excitement was immense. The ‘63-’65 Sports Racing Cars were impressive in two classes, under and over two liter, and in huge 40-car grids included: Chaparral 2A, Shelby King Cobra, Lotus 19, Genie Mk8, McKee Mk7, McLaren Mk 1A&B, Lola T70, Brabham BT8, Lotus 23 Climax, Lotus 23 Porsche, Lotus 23 Chevy, Lotus 23 Buick, Elva BMW, Elva Porsche, Porsche RS61 and more.
The GT/Production Cars by ’65 included Ferrari GTO, Jaguar E-Types, 289 Cobras, Corvettes, Aston Martins, Shelby GT350s, Sunbeam Tigers, Lotus Elans, Porsche 904s, Porsche 906s, Lotus Cortinas, Alfa GTAs and a long list of others. The drivers were world class including both US and international stars. It is significant that Ford charged Carroll Shelby’s organization backed by Ford to win the inaugural ’63 series and they did. Drives mostly in a Shelby King Cobra powered by Ford carried Shelby team driver Bob Holbert to the Drivers Championship and Shelby America’s Cobras won the Manufactures Championship. The awards were given at the February ’64 SCCA National Championship, and the Shelby Team celebrated that same weekend in the Convention Classic SCCA races at Green Valley in highly promoted Ford vs. Chevy races. Those USRRC victories cemented Ford backing.
In 1964 Jim Hall won the Drivers Championship in his Chaparral 2A while Cobra repeated the Manufactures Championship. In ’65 George Follmer driving an under 2-liter Lotus 23 Porsche upset Jim Hall for the Drivers Championship and Cobra repeated its win in the final year of the Manufactures Championship. From ’66-’68 the USRRC became essentially a spring version of the great, unlimited, world class Canadian American Cup Series of ’66-’74 which was created by the success of the USRRC Modified Class.
The USRRC Seniors Tour 2013 full schedule of events will soon be announced. Check www.usrrc.com, Victory Lane Magazine and www.victorylane.com for entrant info, original USRRC car registration, marketing partner info, and other 2013 USRRC 50th Anniversary celebration info. Call Victory Lane Motorsports Marketing, the organizer for the USRRC Seniors Tour, for full immediate details, Pam Shatraw, Events Manager or Dan Davis Chairman 650-321-1411 (CA).

2012 Wednesday April 18: Historic Can-Am Feature Request For Entry Now Due For HCAA Historic Can-Am Feature Race Presented By Victory Lane Magazine, July 15 during Road America’s The Hawk With Brian Redman Vintage Race Weekend. The Great, Unlimited, Awesome Can-Am Cars Of 1966-1974 will again be the Feature, at North America’s largest vintage and historic racing event, Road America’s The Hawk July 12-15, 2012. This year the Lola T70 is the event marque. This event attracts over 500 entrants annually and Historic Can-Am Cars are the Feature every other year. This year marks the 20th year for the HCAA Features at Road America 1992-2012. Request for entry forms are now available at www.roadamerica.com. Note on the entry request Can-Am Feature entry, there is no charge for Thursday practice day.
John Surtees drove a Lola T70 to the first Can-Am Drivers Championship in 1966. The Lola T70s expected for the special reunion will have a special all Lola T70 Saturday race plus join many other Can-Am Cars for the three days of “Can-Am car only” practice and qualifying sessions topped by the big Sunday afternoon Victory Lane Magazine Historic Can-Am Feature Race with over 40 cars on the starting grid. Historic Can-Am owner/drivers and crew will enjoy all weekend hospitality in the big HCAA Victory Lane Magazine Marquee. This includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The marquee is also the site for autograph sessions with Can-Am legendary drivers, car builders and crews. This year a special poster is available for the autograph sessions.
The Historic Can-Am Feature is complete with all the festivities of the original series: the Can-Am cars are staged two across on the front straight, with the umbrella girls shielding the drivers from the sun, The Canadian and United States National Anthems are played as the fans listen to the cars come to life. The cars take two parade laps of the 4.2 mile road racing circuit, which winds through the picturesque, rolling Wisconsin Kettle Moraine countryside, then roar under the starters green flag for 30 minutes of exciting racing. This great circuit provides the best venue in North America, and perhaps the world, where cars are challenged by elevation changes, a 70 mph corner numerous 140 mph corners, the 180 degree Carousel turn, the famous flat out “Kink”, a 180 mph back straight and a 240 mph front straight all in front of fifty thousand fans.
A big trophy and awards podium celebration is held at race end at the HCAA Victory Lane Magazine Marquee. Class awards are given for Unlimited Turbo, Big Block, Small Block Monocoque and Tube Frame classes. The huge Historic Can-Am Cup is awarded to the individual who has best supported HCAA for the year. The Denny Hulme Trophy is presented to the owner/driver who best demonstrates the Spirit Of Can-Am during the weekend.
The Historic Can-Am movement began in 1987 when Dan Davis, Victory Lane Magazine Publisher, organized the Historic Can-Am Registry. That grew to over 100 Historic Can-Am cars by 1990 when the organization became the Historic Can-Am Association, and held its first Feature at Watkins Glen International. A Feature was then held at Road Atlanta in 1991 and then every year in July at Road America through 2006, and every other year thereafter to the present. There are Features at several other Road Racing circuits over the years. Big Anniversary Features have been held at Road America The 30th Anniversary Event in 1996 attracted over 80 Historic Can-Am Cars and included some 20 from Europe. The 40th Anniversary in 2006 attracted an equally impressive entry. Plans are already underway for the big 50th Anniversary year in 2016.
All Historic Can-Am type cars that entered or could have entered any of the 1966-1974 Can-Am Series races or the European Interserie Races are welcome to request entry. They are required to run period induction, no modern electronic fuel induction or electronic engine management system, they are to be raced by the car’s owner. HCAA encourages all Historic Can-Am car owners and their cars be registered with the association to receive the occasional Historic Can-Am Newsletter and to receive regular entry info for HCAA Features.
All HCAA Features are organized for the Historic Can-Am Association by Victory Lane Motorsports Marketing Inc. For entry info call Dan Davis or Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).

2012 Wednesday February 29: The Historic Can-Am Association Feature Saluting The Lola T70 During The Hawk At Road America Expects Over Fifty Historic Unlimited Sports Racing Cars Of The 1966-1974 Canadian American Cup Series. The big Lola T70 contingent looks to exceed 20 cars. Over 25 of the other Lola Types, McLarens, McKees, Genies, Matich, Ferrari and others will again return to the favorite track of HCAA Historic Can-Am owner/drivers. Info Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411.

2012 Thursday February 16: The Historic Can-Am Association February 2012 Newsletter Is In The Mail To Registered Historic Can-Am Car Owners Complete With Intent To Enter Card For The Historic Can-Am Feature And Reunion Saluting The Lola T70 With The July 12-15 Road America Hawk Vintage Racing Weekend.
New Historic Can-Am owners who have not registered with The Historic Can-Am Association may call Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 to register at no cost and receive regular Historic Can-Am info.
The HCAA is currently negotiating Historic Can-Am Features with several contemporary and vintage racing organizations at numerous road racing circuits across North America for the next few years.
Currently, major spectator Historic Can-Am Features for the next few years with grids for Historic Can-Am cars only are the every year HCAA Feature at the annual, July Road America Vintage Weekend, now called The Hawk and in alternate years to that event is the Historic Can-Am Feature Race, organized by the event staff, at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. For HCAA info call Dan Davis or Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).

2012 and Future Events
In 2012 HCAA will have a Historic Can-Am Feature during the July Kohler International Challenge at Road America. Serious discussion is underway for a September Historic Can-Am Feature at the SVRA U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. In 2013 we expect to be back in August at Monterey, September at Road America and perhaps June at Mid-Ohio.

Historic Can-Am Association
This Historic Can-Am Association (HCAA) promotes cars of the original Can-Am era, 1966-1974. It is organized on behalf of the Historic Can-Am Association by Victory Lane Motorsports Marketing as part of the “America’s Racing Heritage Program™.” Contact HCAA Chairman Dan Davis or Events Manager Pam Shatraw: 2460 Park Blvd #4, Palo Alto CA. 94306, ph. 650-321-1411.

 


A R C H I V E S

Tuesday September 1: Bruce McLaren Festival Races January 2010 in New Zealand at Pukekohe Park and the New Hampton Downs Circuit. These two big race weekends in scenic New Zealand are to celebrate Bruce McLaren and his organization’s contribution to auto racing. Bruce grew up and first raced in New Zealand. Many of the team members were from New Zealand. The racing cars of McLaren won the original Can-Am series of 1966-1974 multiple times, they were winners in the Indy 500 and the US National Championship, the SCCA F5000 Championship and in Formula One.
            All types of McLaren racing cars are expected at the Bruce McLaren Festival Vintage Race Meetings. The first is January 22-24 at the New Hampton Downs Circuit near Aukland. The second is January 29-31 at the Pukekohe Park Raceway. Entry inquiries are invited www.brucemclarenfestival.com 

Friday July 17: The big, fast, powerful Historic Can-am Cars of 1966-1974 have three more west coast appearances with: Steve Earle’s Monterey Historics, the SOVREN Columbia river Classic at Portland and the CSRG Charity Classic HCAA Feature for Historic 1966-1974 original era Can-Am Cars saluting Shadow Can-Am cars at Infineon Raceway. Some 30 Historic Can-Am Cars will practice Friday and race Sunday afternoon during the General Racing Monterey Historics August 14-16. The SOVREN Columbia River Classic will again host Historic Can-Am Cars for Friday Practice, Saturday Practice and qualifying and a Sunday Race September 4-6. If insufficient Can-Am cars enter they will run with other fast Sports Racing or Formula Cars.
CSRG with Infineon Raceway for the CSRG Charity Challenge vintage racing weekend September 25-27 is building a big spectator promotion around the weekend and the HCAA Can-Am Feature on Sunday with practice Friday and practice and qualifying on Saturday. The Shadow Can-Am cars will be saluted on the poster and in a Saturday evening banquet and with special HCAA awards presentation after the Sunday Feature. Historic Can-Am cars will be paddocked in the garages as a group, enter now!
General Racing Rolex Monterey Historics spectator info is at www.mazdaraceway.com.
Historic Can-Am Association entrants for SOVREN Columbia River Classic and CSRG Charity Challenge call Pam Shatraw HCAA 650-321-1411.

Tuesday May 26: Original Era Historic Can-AM cars are the Feature at the HSR-West 8th Annual Southern California Historic Sports Car Festival June 26-28 at the auto Club Speedway. For historic Can-Am entry contact Pam Shatraw at 650-321-1411 (CA).

Tuesday May 25: The 40th Anniversary Reunion of McLaren Engines and all its past staff and customers will be Thursday July 30th at the Livonia, Michigan Facility with McLaren, Indy and Can-Am Cars on Display. Many of these cars will also be part of the Meadowbrook Concours, August 1-2. The facility was began by Bruce McLaren to build Can-Am Engines for his team. Wiley McCoy and Roger Meiners are organizing the event. The Historic Can-Am Association and the Historic Champ Indy Car Association have been asked to help secure display cars for the event. Historic McLaren Can-Am and Champ/Indy Car owners who are interested should call Dan Davis or Pam Shatraw 650-321-1441 (CA).

Tuesday May 25: The Historic Can-Am Association HCAA is holding three HCAA sanctioned Historic Can-Am Features in the West for 2009, June 26-28 with HSR-West at Auto Club Speedway in the Southern California Historic Sports Car Festival, September 4-6 with SOVREN in the Columbia River Classic at Portland Raceway and September 25-27 in the CSRG Charity Challenge at Infineon Raceway.
Preliminary info is that in addition to these historic Can-Am Features there will be others in the West. General Racing’s two events, the Monterey Historics and Wine Country Classic, are planning to accept historic Can-Am cars for their 2009 events. Historic Can-Am car owners who are registered with the HCAA will receive a newsletter with further info shortly. Call HCAA Events Manager Pam Shatraw at 650-321-1411.

 

ARCHIVE INFO FROM 2008 AND EARLIER

Tuesday August 19: Historic Can-Am Lola 310 wins Monterey Historics Can-Am August 16 at Laguna Seca.
Lola's 50th anniversary 1958-2008 received a proper salute at the Monterey Historics when the last Lola Can-Am car built, the T310, won the Historic Can-Am feature race at the 2008 Monterey Historics. The prime time Saturday afternoon grid had great examples of the original Can-Am era from several 1966 Lola T70s to a 1974 Shadow DN4. There was early pace lap drama as one car spun coming out of the famous Laguna cork-screw turn which caused numerous extra pace laps. As the race took the green flag for about 6 laps remaining in the 10 lap race, it was Jay Esterer in his McLaren M8C in the lead but with the cars behind scrambled from qualifying order for three laps before encountering mechanical problems. Meanwhile, Bobby Rahal in a quest drive in the Lola T310 had started out of the top 10 was smoothly moving up thru the field by lap 6 he was in 9th and by lap 9 he was third. Stop watched caught some laps below a minute and twenty seconds although that was unofficial. Also moving up to 2nd on lap 9 was Michael Campagne visiting from Europe in his McLaren 8F. Significant drama had begun to unfold on the last two laps. As the wild last lap unfolded Rahal passed the leader in turn 4 to lead to the chequer. Jay Esterer held off the rest of the field to take 2nd. Christ MacAllister had come from sixth to 4th by lap 9 and took third on the last lap edging out Micheil Campagne in a similar McLaren 8F. Steve Cook was 5th, Andy Boone in his high wing M6B.
McLeagle drove a steady race to end in 6th. Tom Stephani driving the tube frame Genie drove very well to finish in the top 10. Twenty four cars were entered, 21 started the race and 19 finished. THe spectator crowd had witnessed perhaps the best race of the day, certainly the most exciting and loudest. The big Historic, Group 7, original era, 1966-1974, unlimited Can-Am cars once again proved to be a crowd pleaser.

1 B. Rahal/1970 Lola T310
2 J. Esterer/1970 McLaren M8C
3 C. MacAllister/1971 McLaren M8
4 M. Campagne/1972 McLaren
5 S. Cook/1968 McLaren M6B
6 A. Boone/1968 McLeagle M6B
7 R. Ryan/1968 McLaren M6B
8 R. Griot/1968 Lola T-160
9 T. Stephani/1965 Genie Mk10
10 J. DiLoreto/1968 McLaren M6B
11 N. Cowdrey/1967 McKee Mk10
12 T. Glyer/1968 Lola T-160
13 S. Hilton/1968 Lola T-70 Mk3
14 D. Pozzi/1965 Lola T-70 Mk1
15 T. Yeager/1967 Lola T-70 Mk3
16 N. Colonna/1967 Lola T70 M3B
17 D. Lipetz/1969 Lola T-163
18 T. Gardner/1971 McLaren M8E
19 T. Armstrong/1969 Lola T-162
DNF I .Burkoff/1968 McLaren M6B
DNF T. Malloy/1971 McLaren M8E


Wednesday July 23: Historic Can-Am Feature July 20 at Road America Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman was a superb vintage race.
The big Victory Lane Historic Can-Am feature was scheduled for 2:15 preceded by the national anthems of both the United States and Canada as was the tradition for the original 1966-1974 Canadian American Challenge Cup. The three days of practice and qualifying, parties, hospitality, lunches, autograph sessions, bench racing all led up to the rumble of tens of thousands of horsepower as the big unlimited historic Can-Am cars moved from the false grid to the start formation in the hot pits. THe cars moved off for a pace lap and as they came up the long hill to the starters stand, the rumble grew to thunder. There was great action at the front as Jay Esterer in a McLaren 8C, Andrew Hauck in a Lola 260 and Juan Gonzalez unleashed 1000hp each of Big Block Chevy power. Surprise there was Toby Bean in his Lola T70 with a new "big" small block installed mixing it up with the leaders while leading the Small Block Class. Tom Malloy in a M8E Big Block was also right in challenging position. In the tube frame class Farrel Preston in a 1966 McLaren M1B held off the rest of that class. Hauk and Esterer put on a great vintage show and began pulling away while Malloy, Gonzalez, and Bean had fun deciding who would be third overall. Karl Bullock in a McLaren M8E was right in that mix using Big Block power. As the laps passed and approached the end Malloy tried an outside pass in turn one on a fading Gonzalez who had a miss due to fuel pump problems. It didn't work and Malloy ran out of track. Jay Esterer took overall and Big Block Class. Toby Bean took third overall and first in Small Block and Ferrell Preston took the Tube Frame Class. The Hulme Trophy was awarded to Pat Hogan and the Victory Lane Historic Can-Am Cup went to Toby Bean.
Results from Road America Can-Am group:


Thursday July 12:
Can-Am photos from the original 1966-1974 series by Mike Odell are available at www.sportsracingltd.com. Many of the original Can-Am cars and some of the drivers and crews will be in the Historic Can-Am Association feature at Road America July 17-20 during the Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman vintage races.

Wednesday July 9:
Historic Can-Am Cars featured at Road America July 17-20 in the Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman vintage racing weekend.
Over 500 vintage racing cars will be racing on North America's longest road racing circuit which winds thru the Wisconsin Kettle Morane country an hour's drive north of Milwaukee. Noon on-track touring is available at a fee for spectator cars. The Lola Car Ltd. 50th Anniversary, 1958-2008, is the marque theme. A Formula 5000 reunion and race is also on the schedule. The Historic Can-Am Association Feature is Sunday afternoon. The original era Can-Am cars were the last of the high horsepower, unlimited specifications sports racing cars. Some had over 1000 horsepower. This was the series that pioneered downforce in racing cars with first the use of wings and later ground effects. Great drivers like Jim Hall, Denny Hulme, Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, Brian Redman, Scooter Patrick, Jackie Stewart, and so many more participated. Many past Can-Am drivers and crews plus those participating in the F.5000 Reunion will be present in the autograph sessions held in the HCICA display tent in the Historic Can-Am Legends paddock area. Historic Can-Am entrants call Pam (650) 321-1411 spectators and other entrants call Road America (800) 365-7223.

Friday June 27:
Lola Cars 50th anniversary will be saluted at several vintage events in the remainder of the season. These include the Road America Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman July 17-20. A Historic Can-Am race Sunday afternoon is the featured race. A Lola T70 carried John Surtees to the first Can-Am series championship in 1966. Brian Redman drove a Lola T600 to the first IMSA GTP series championship in 1981. Many examples of almost every Lola type are expected to be among the over 500 racers. Call Road America (800) 365-7223.
The SVRA Zippo US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen September 4-7 will salute Lola's 50th anniversary. Lola was a multiple F.5000 series championship car and there will be a special Historic F.5000 feature race. This event annually attracts over 500 historic racing cars and a large turnout of historic Lolas will be racing. Call (404) 298-3323.

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The Original Can-Am Series of 1966-1974 was the greatest racing series ever! The Can-Am race cars were the fastest, most powerful most innovative and driven by the greatest racers of their era and some say ever! HCAA salutes those legends with three to four Historic Can-Am Features every year at great vintage racing weekends.

 

 

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