2017 Thursday, July 27: The Historic Can-Am Feature Race on Sunday, July 23 at Road America Roared Into Action at 1:18PM to the Cheers of a Record Crowd at the WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman Historic Races
Road America, Sunday, July 23 @ 1:08pm, The Canadian National Anthem was followed by the Star Spangled Banner, both sung loud and clear, signaling the time to fire up thousands of V8 horsepower in a big grid of 1966-1974 unlimited historic Can-Am cars staged 2x2 in the hot pits. There were 1966 McKees, and 1974 Shadows with every sort of historic Can-Am car in-between. This was a special 50th Anniversary Celebration race of the first-ever Can-Am race held at Road America in September 1967. Twenty-eight historic Can-Am cars gathered to race and two were on display to celebrate that event. These included the 1967 Lola T70 of John Surtees, which had placed third, the 1967 Lola T70 of Mark Donohue, which placed second, and the 1967 McLaren 6A team car to the 1967 McLaren 6A of Denny Hulme who won that race.
Two days of practice, a Saturday “qualifying” race had provided times to grid the cars for the big Sunday Feature. Although the original Can-Am was a one-class race each year, the 4 classes of cars gathered here represented the entire 1966-1975 years with big changes in technology from tube frames, treaded tires, no wings in 1966 to by 1974 sophisticated wings and ground effects, very wide slicks, and complex computer-designed monocoque chasses. There were even FIA Manufacturers championship cars, Ford GT40 and a Ferrari 512M representing those that appeared in the Watkins Glen Can-Am and in some Canadian Races.
After a pace lap, the green flag started eight laps of celebrating “When excess was barely adequate” and “the only rule was there was no rule”. This was the first and last International racing series where innovation was wide open. The big prize money attracted all the great teams and drivers.
For this 2017 race, the green flag began a three-way struggle for overall between Craig Bennett in a 1974 Shadow DN4, Claude Malette in a 1971 Lola 222, and Dave Handy in a 1974 Shadow DN4, all in CA1, the big block class, closely followed by Tony Garmey in a 1970 McLaren M8C who led CA2, the medium-size engined Monocoque Class.
Only slightly further behind was Pat Hogan in a 1967 Lola T70, the leader of CA3, the small block monocoque-class cars. Tom Simpson was driving a good race to lead CA4, the class for tube-framed cars. Those cars finished in that order for their classes, except for Dave Handy whose Shadow DN4 lost brakes at about 6 laps just before the famous high-speed kink corner. With superb driving, he managed to make it through and navigate back to the paddock.
We will have more details in a further report and some videos. There are some photos here to illustrate the cars.
2017 Tuesday, July 18: Over 450 Great Vintage and Historic Racing Cars in Sunday Feature Races for Historic Can-Am Cars, Sports 2000 Cars, and Racing Camaros, All at Road America July 20-23 During the WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman. Watch for Updates, Interviews, and Action on Victory Lane Magazine’s YouTube Channel and our Facebook Page Over the Long Weekend
This is one of the top annual vintage racing festivals in North America. There are vintage racing practice and qualifying on Friday and Saturday with Feature Races on Sunday. The big Historic Can-Am Feature Race is at 1:15PM Sunday. The races attract over 50,000 attendees over these three days. There is a special Friday early evening Race Car Concours in the nearby town of Elkhart Lake with cars driven in a parade from the track. A street car concours is Saturday early evening.
2017 Friday, July 7: Twenty-Five Great Historic Can-Am Cars Will Take the 1:00pm Sunday Green Flag During the July 19-23, 500-Vintage Car, Road America Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman.
The field continues to grow at the last minute with a McLaren M8E and a Lola T163 and others to the posted list. It includes 2 of the top 3 finishers in the great 1967 Can-Am at Road America. This Feature celebrates the 50th anniversary of that 1967 race which opened the 1967 season. These and several other late entries include a sister car of the winning McLaren M8A of Denny Hulme. The 1967 Mark Donohue Lightweight Lola T70, which finished 2nd, is entered as is the 1967 Team Surtees Lola T70 Mk3b Spider which finished 3rd in 1967. Many famous cars competed during the 1966-1974 Can-Am Challenge Cup series.
This is one of the premier vintage and historic racing weekends in North America held on the most legendary circuit.
Historic Can-Am entrant info: Dan Davis, (65) 321-1411.
2017 Tuesday, April 11: Twenty Historic Can-Am Cars Wowed the Grand Prix of Long Beach Crowd on Friday and Saturday with the Speed and Acceleration of 500+ Cubic Inch Unlimited American V8 Power in Practices and a Saturday Race. Two More Big 2017 Can-Am Appearances are Set for May and July
The Can-Am cars of 1966-1974 represent a golden era of racing, the first and last series where there were virtually no rules, a time “When Excess was Barely Adequate.” The increase in Friday attendance was directly attributed to the Historic Can-Am Cars appearance according to the event organizer.
The next two appearances at major historic racing weekends for the spectacular Historic Can-Am Cars:
May 19-21: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s Spring Classic Races
July 20-23: Road America’s Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman saluting the 1967 Can-Am Race
For more information: Historic Can-Am Association – (650) 321-1411, Dan Davis, Chairman.
2017 Tuesday, April 4: Historic Can-Am Cars are a Support Race for the Grand Prix of Long Beach with IndyCar, April 7-9
The Historic Can-Am Invitational is organized by HMSA. Twenty of the great 1966-1974 unlimited Sports Racing Cars from the era when “the only rule was there was no rules” will be on track. First, a Friday practice is at 11:40am-12:00pm, then a qualifying session at 3:00pm-3:20pm and a historic race on Saturday, 12:00pm-12:20pm.
2017 Friday, March 17: Can-Am History Roars Back on Track May 19-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s Spring Classic Vintage and Historic Races
Historic Can-Am Cars at the Spring Classic will shake the hills with Can-Am Thunder. The Historic Can-Am Group feature races during the nine-race group program salutes the “Anything Goes – Win at Any Cost Series” of 1966-1974. The series attracted the best of the best drivers, terms, manufactures racing on North America’s greatest road racing circuits in front of big crowds.
The races at Laguna Seca from 1966-1973 included the epic 1966 Chaparral vs. Lola – Phil Hill and Jim Hall vs. John Surtees and Parnelli Jones race that gave Chaparral a great win at the circuit’s first Can-Am. The last Can-Am at Laguna Seca was a Folmer-and-Oliver duo vs. Mark Donohue in the Penske Porsche 917-30 with Mark driving form back in the field to win.
The nine race groups include: Can-Am, Trans-Am U2, FB Continental GP, Le Mans Prototypes, Formula Atlantic, Historic Stock cars, Formula 1, and SCCA GT.
2017 Tuesday, February 14: The Historic Can-Am Feature Race and Celebrations July 20-23 During Road America’s WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman Present the Great Unlimited Sports Racing Cars of 1966-1974 on their Favorite Road Racing Circuit
The Can-Am Car Saturday qualifying race and Sunday feature race along with a big 500-car field of almost every sort of vintage and historic racing car annually attracts some 50,000 spectators over the three-day event. The spectacular 4.2-mile road circuit winds through a huge park that provides many viewing and picnic sites. This legendary circuit was built in 1955 just south of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, about an hour and a half drive north of Milwaukee. An earlier circuit actually ran on county roads and through the town in the early 1950s. That event is saluted annually with a special banquet preceding the race weekend.
Historic Can-Am Association – call (650) 321-1411 (CA).
2017 Tuesday, January 17: Historic Can-Am Cars, 1966-1974, to Be Featured at New Spring Classic May 19-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
This is a new major spectator vintage and historic racing weekend at one of the original Can-Am series circuits. The event is part of the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the Laguna Seca Circuit carved out of the Monterey Peninsula military base Fort Ord in 1957. The Can-Am series first ran there October 16, 1966 with Phil Hill winning in Chaparral 2E. Can-Am ran at Laguna Seca from 1966-1973, attracting record crowds.
The Spring Classic has racing grids from the circuit’s history that are not at the August 17-20 Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion.
Entries are now open at Mazdaraceway.com for Historic Can-Am and eight other classes. The classes include: 1967-1972 Formula B, 1973-1984 SCCA Production GT, 1966-1972 Trans-Am, 1966-1974 Can-Am, 1973-1979 Formula Atlantic, 1966-1972 Trans-Am 2 & 2.5 Liter, 1983-2007 World Sports Car – Le Mans Prototype, 1979-1994 Historic Stock Cars, and 1967-1984 Formula 1.
2016 Wednesday, December 21: The Historic Can-Am Association November 2016 Newsletter was Mailed Late November to Owner/Drivers in the Registry
If you are the owner of a 1966-1974 Historic Can-Am race car and have not received the newsletter, please contact Dan Davis, HCAA Chairman, by phone at (650) 321-1411 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a USPS mailing address and an e-mail address.
The newsletter is mailed about three times a year with occasional e-mail versions sent.
There will soon be an updated newsletter targeted for early February.
2016 Tuesday, November 22: The 2017 Historic Race Season Offers Numerous Feature and Club Racing Opportunities for Historic Can-Am Cars. Several are Currently Available for Sale
1972 McLaren M8F, 6-72 Ex Teddy Pilette VDS Team, 1 of only 9 Trojan-built, in-period customer cars, refreshed, race-ready and highly original with new FIA Historic Technical Passport. Currently in Melbourne, Australia. $695,000 USD. Info: Marc.Devis@rmd.be, Phone (Belgium) +32 475-42-2790.
McLaren M8C, 70-08 Great history. Verification statement from Trojan. I have raced this car since 1989. Best Offer – Call: (925) 963-0570 (CA). E-mail: email@example.com.
1964 Genie Mk10, H-126 Factory car driven by Dalton Bondurant and Pabst. Merle Brennan Can-Am History. Chevy 377, Hewland, LG600 and BMC Transaxle. Sorted, fully documented, spares. $149,000. Fantasy Junction phone number: (510) 653-7555 (CA) or visit www.fantasyjunction.com.
1965 McLaren M1A, 20-06 Ralph Saylers’ “Crow-Sal Special” was titled “The Fastest of the Fast”. The car has a speed record at Daytona Speedway in 1965 and has had many other successes. Comes with a no expenses spared restoration by award-winning Steve Krinsky. Race-built Chevrolet V8, Hewland Transaxle. Grand Prix Classics, phone: (858) 459-3500 CA), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.grandprixclassics.com.
2016 Tuesday, November 22: The 2017 Annual HCAA Historic Can-Am Feature Race and Celebrations July 20-23 with Road America’s Weathertech International Challenge Salutes 1967 First Can-Am Race at Road America and 1967 Team McLaren First Driver Championship
Once again the Historic Can-Am car owner/drivers will return to their favorite road racing circuit to delight the spectators and to enjoy the racing, camaraderie and hospitality provided by Road America and the Historic Can-Am Association.
There is a special effort to have all the Can-Am cars present that filled that 1967 race grid at Road America. As always, this event is a special reunion and celebration of all the original drivers, crews, sponsors, team managers, race and series officials of the great 1966-1974 Can-Am series. Request for entry available in Spring 2017 at www.roadamerica.com.
Info: HCAA Chairman – Dan Davis: (650) 321-1411.
2016 Thursday, November 17: The Long Beach Historic Can-Am Invitational Feature Race Sanctioned by HMSA will be a Support Race During the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy Car Weekend on April 7-10, 2017
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach through the streets of this California resort area is the most spectacular of all the Verizon Indy Car road races. It is a major entertainment happening with concerts, lifestyle expo, support races, Family Fun Zone, all in an area with top accommodations and restaurants.
This is a very special opportunity for Historic Can-Am Cars of 1966-1974 to race noon Saturday in front of a huge crowd in a top event. It is sanctioned by HMSA who will select the invited period-authentic cars. Historic Can-Am Owner-Drivers contact Chris Vandagriff by phone: (818) 249-3515.
2016 Monday, August 22: Great Historic Can-Am Action was the Star at the August 18-21 Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion the Last of the Can-Am 50th Anniversary 1966-2016 Celebrations and Features at Four Great Vintage Racing Weekends
Two Saturday feature race grids, 5A for 1966-1968 Can-Am/USRRC cars and 7A for 1969-1974 cars. Each group had 2 feature races: A Saturday morning pair and a late Saturday pair, each had outstanding Can-Am car examples of their Can-Am periods. In the Can-Am USRRC races, the actual 1966 Lola T70 driven by John Surtees caught everyone’s eye. In the Can-Am features for later cars, the two 1974 Shadow DN4 Can-Am cars’ performance showed how they were driven to a 1-2 championship place by Jackie Oliver and George Follmer.
In recognition of the significance and crowd attraction of these great cars, five big awards were given to the Historic Can-Am cars and their owners. The Historic Can-Am Association Can-Am Spirit Award went to Johan Woerheide, owner/driver of the 1966 Can-Am Championship Surtees Lola T70. The Bonhams Cup for Can-Am Cars went to Brian Blain owner/driver of the 1967 Team McLaren M8A raced by Mark Donohue for Roger Penske in 1968. The Rolex Award for entrant or driver went to Jim Bartel owner and entrant of the UOP Shadow Tribute Team of the two 1974 Shadow DN4 Championship cars. The Rolex Award Race 5A was awarded to Marc Devis driving the 1967 John Surtees Lola T70, and the Rolex Award Race 7A was awarded to Emmett Murphy with the 1972 McLaren M8F/P.
There will be many photos and videos from many sources posted online due to the excitement of these great cars.
2016 Friday, August 5: Can-Am Winning Lola at 50th Celebrations!
The 1966 Can-Am series championship for drivers of unlimited sports racers was won by John Surtees driving a 1966 Team Surtees Lola T70 MK11 with its distinctive big white arrow on the nose of the red car. That historic Can-Am Lola will be raced by owner/driver Johan Woerheide in one of the 50th Anniversary of Can-Am features at the August 18th-21st Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Can-Am car has been raced at the earlier three 2016 Historic Can-Am 50th Celebration weekends: Road Atlanta, Mont Tremblant and Road America.
The 50th Anniversary celebrations and feature races for Monterey are on Saturday, August 20: USRRC – Can-Am at 4:00pm for 1963-1968 Can-Am and USRRC Cars and 5:00pm for 1969-1974 Can-Am cars. The 1966 first Can-Am season grew out of the 1963-1965 United States Road Racing Drivers Championship for drivers of either “over or under 2 liter sports racers.” In 1965, George Follmer driving a Lotus 23B powered by a 2-liter Porsche engine edged out the 1964 champion Jim Hall driving his Chaparral Chevy. The spectator interest and entry was so large that the Sports Car Club of America and the Canadian Auto Sports Club created the Can-Am Series for unlimited Sports Racers at great road racing circuits starting in 1966.
That first year both big V8-powered Sports Racers from Lola, McLaren, Chaparral, Genie and McKee were occasionally challenged by Lotus 23s with 2.7 liter Climax engines, Elvas with 2.5 and 3.0 liter Porsche engines and Brabham BT8 with Climax engines, Genie MK4s and others. It was a time for big power however, and big V8 Chevy power in the Lola T70 took John Surtees to the Championship.
2016 Thursday, August 4: The Two Feature Historic Can-Am Race Grids on Saturday, August 20 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Have an Outstanding Group of Invited Lolas, McLarens, Shadows, Genies and Even a Ferrari, Matich, Mirage, Sting and Webster. There are a Total of About 50 Historic Can-Am Cars entered to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1966-1974 Series
There are three 1974 Shadow DN4s, four 1971 McLaren M8Fs, a rare McLaren M8A, several Lola 160 and 163 series, a Shadow Mk II, Lola 222, several McLaren M1As and M1Bs, Lola 260, many Lola T70 series, a King Cobra, several Genie Mk10s and more.
Info: Dan Davis, HCAA Chairman, (650) 321-1411.
2016 Tuesday, August 2: The August 18-21 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Has Two Featured Vintage Races for Historic Can-Am Cars on Saturday, August 20, Celebrating the Series’ 50th Anniversary: 4:00pm-4:20pm – 1963-1968 USRRC & Can-Am Cars, 5:00pm-5:20pm – 1969-1974 Can-Am Cars
They said the original series’ rules were “There are no rules”. Others say “it was a time when Excess was Barely Adequate”.
The unlimited cars of the Can-Am are legendary and will provide a great show during North America’s premier vintage and historic racing weekend.
2016 Thursday, July 21: The Two Historic Can-Am Association Annual Special Awards Were Presented on the Podium After the Exciting Sunday 50th Anniversary Can-Am Race on July 17 at Road America:
The Denny Hulme Cup went to Jim Bartel for his season-long Can-Am Shadow and Historic Can-Am promotion. The HCAA & Victory Lane Magazine Cup went jointly to Ray Boissoneau and Anthony Taylor for their special trans-Atlantic effort to run 2 historic Can-Am cars at the Road America Historic Can-Am feature and continuing support of HCAA features. Anthony is based in England, while Ray is based in New England.
2016 Tuesday, July 19: The Historic Can-Am Association and Road America’s Can-Am 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Sunday Feature Race During the Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman Presented by Hawk Attracted 52 Historic Can-Am Cars, Over 480 Total Historic Racing Cars and Over 50,000 Spectators to North America’s Legendary Racing Circuit Which Held Original Can-Am Races
The 4.2 mile circuit challenged the drivers’ skill and the cars’ mechanical preparation for Thursday’s Test and Tune, Friday practice sessions, Saturdays practice and Prelim Feature and Sunday’s big Historic Can-Am Feature presented by Victory Lane Magazine, the weather was spectacular except for an early Sunday morning rain that was gone by 11am.
40 starters staged 2x2 in the hot pit area by 12:45pm. The Canadian and USA national anthems amped up the festival atmosphere. The cars rolled at 1pm behind the pace car.
The start was thunderous as they roared under the green for exciting laps of high action, brief yellow flag laps and about seven loud-fast-Historic Can-Am-awesome laps for drivers and fans led to big challenges for overall place and each class finish. First overall and first in the Unlimited Class was Dave Handy – 1974 Shadow DN-4, first in Big Block Class was Toby Bean – 1969 Lola T70 Mk111B, First in Small Block Class was Fritz-Seidel – Rawlson CR-11, first in Tube Frame Class was Ferrel Preston – McLaren M1B.
Full weekend report SOON for all race groups. All Historic Can-Am Association registered members will receive e-mail detailed Historic Can-Am report and Monterey update this week.
2016 Tuesday, July 12: Two Big Vintage Race Weekends Celebrate a Golden Age of Road Racing When “ The Only Rule Was There Are No Rules” and When Excess Was Barely Adequate
The 50th Anniversary of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) series will have big feature races of over 50 great unlimited vintage and historic Can-Am cars. July 14-17 at Road America’s Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman Vintage Races. There is a Saturday 2:30pm and Sunday 1pm Historic Can-Am feature.
August 18-21 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. There is a feature for USRRC/Can-Am Cars and a Can-Am feature, both on Saturday.
Both events are sanctioned by the Historic Can-Am Association.
2016 Thursday, July 7: There Are Many Vintage Racing and Collector Auto Auctions During Monterey Auto Festival August 13-21, Rick Cole Auctions, with Smart Phone Bidding and 4-Day Cars on Offer Display at Monterey Marriott is the most Unique and Very Bidder-Friendly
Rick Cole started the vintage racing and collector auction movement accompanying the Monterey Historic Races and Pebble Beach Concours in 1986. The Rick Cole Monterey Auction held the last few years lets bidders view the cars in person or online and bid with a smart phone from anywhere until Saturday midnight. Registered bidders visiting the exhibition enjoy hosted food and bar to create a party atmosphere.
Consignments and bidder registration, contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (toll-free) @ (844) 474-2526, web @ www.rickcole.com.
2016 Wednesday, July 6: Many of Those Canadian Racing Officials Who Were Involved in Creating the Legendary Can-Am Series of 1966 Will Be Honored During the July 8-10 Historic Can-Am 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Feature Race Activities at Circuit Mont Tremblant, HMSA/HSR Sommet des Légendes
Circuit Mont Tremblant was the site of the very first Can-Am Race on September 11, 1966. Historic Can-Am Races are featured along with vintage races for all HSR and HMSA classes. Spectators are invited.
2016 Monday, June 27: It Was “When Excess Was Barely Adequate” High Horsepower, High Wings, High Drama, Greatest Racing Drivers, Innovative and Fastest Racing Cars in the World: The 1966-1974 Can-Am Series Whose 50th Anniversary Will Next Be Celebrated July 7-10 at the HMSA-HSR Sommet des Legendes Mont Tremblant Circuit in Canada with a Historic Can-Am Feature Race
The first ever Can-Am race was held on the Mont Tremblant Circuit on September 11, 1966. It was won by John Surtees in a factory Lola T70 just ahead of Bruce McLaren driving the Team McLaren M1B. This Anniversary celebration will honor many of the CASC officials who were originally involved in creating the series with the SCCA.
This is a full vintage racing weekend with all HMSA and HSR classes in action. The next 50th Anniversary Can-Am Celebrations are July 14-17 at Road America and August 18-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
2016 Monday, June 13: The Famous 1966 Red Lola T70 with the Big White Nose Arrow Raced by John Surtees to the 1966 Can-Am Drivers Championship Will Highlight the Historic Can-Am 50th Anniversary Feature Race and Celebrations July 7-10 at Circuit Mont-Tremblant During the HMSA/HSR Sommet des Legends Vintage Races
This annual vintage racing weekend is held on the road racing circuit where the first Can-Am race was held on September 11, 1966. John Surtees won, Bruce McLaren was second in his M1B and McLaren team driver Chris Anon was third in a team McLaren M1B. Info: www.HMSAusa.com and www.HSRrace.com.
2016 Monday, June 6: URGENT NOTICE to Original Can-Am Series Participants, 1966-1974: For the Road America July 14-17 Can-Am 50th Anniversary Celebration and Feature Races, You Are to be Listed on the VIP Guest List at Registration if You Wish to Attend this Great Weekend
If you have not received an invitation from the Historic Can-Am Association, please e-mail name, past participation, phone number and mailing address to email@example.com, subject line "Can-Am". You may also mail to HCCA, Victory Lane Inc. 2460 Park Blvd. #4 Palo Alto, CA 94306 or call Dan Davis, HCAA chairman at (650) 321-1411.
If you are not attending and wish to be placed on the Historic Can-Am Registry or update your info on the registry, please contact us.
2016 Tuesday, May 31: Can-Am 50th Anniversary Celebrated at VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix June 17-19 with Historic Can-Am Car Display and On-Track Demos
This is Canada’s largest vintage racing weekend. Featured are four historic Can-Am cars which will be in a special display tent between demo laps providing both on-track and up-close access for fans and photographers. A Canadian national newspaper is doing a special article on this “Golden Age” of racing featuring this activity.
Mosport was an original Can-Am series circuit on September 25, 1966. Mark Donohue in a Lola T70 Chevy won that event. Second was Phil Hill in Jim Hall’s Chaparral Chevy High Wing 2E. Third was Chuck Parson’s McLaren M1B-Chevy. Notable in the field was Jim Hall, Dan Gurney, George Follmer, Sam Posey, John Surtees and Denny Hulme.
VARAC hopes to host a full Historic Can-Am Feature at Mosport in 2017.
Can-Am Info: Michael Deschamps, Can-Am coordinator. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Spectator and entrance info: www.VARAC.ca.
HCAA NEWSLETTER VOL. 2 May 2016
Can-Am! The Greatest, Most Incredible, Innovative, Exciting, Unlimited Road Racing Ever! Historic Can-Am Association Owner/Drivers Salute the Excitement in 2016
The Canadian American Challenge Cup Series, organized by the SCCA and CASC was the pinnacle of International road racing “When Excess Was Barely Adequate”. It was racing in the fastest cars and for the largest prize money of any road racing of its time (1966-1974). Can-Am attracted the best of the best: International and North American race drivers, teams, factory racing departments, fuel companies, tire companies and other sponsors. It was launched from the success of the big-engined Sports Racing Cars of the SCCA United States Road Racing Championship that started in 1963. The big attraction to spectators, fans, teams, drivers and manufacturers was the initial minimum rules allowing virtually unlimited innovation, exciting technology, wildly different cars and the highest horsepower. The best cars had about 600 horsepower in 1966 and by 1973 could call on 1500 horsepower. Can-Am cars were the fastest, quickest race cars on the planet and attracted the greatest drivers of the time. Since 1990, Historic Can-Am Association Owner Drivers have contributed the tradition in HCAA Features at great racing circuits across North America.
Historic Can-Am 1966-1974 50th Anniversary Features and Celebrations 2016 This will be the biggest historic Can-Am year ever! May 21-24 Historic Can-Am 1966-1967 Feature at HSR’s “The Mitty” attracted 23 entries but only 19 started the Saturday Feature. The pre-race festivities were excellent with flag girls and a hot pit, open false grid, and a big gathering of fans for autographs and to meet with the drivers and crew. The full report is in the June issue of Victory Lane Magazine and on www.historiccanam.com.
July 7-10 HMSA and HSR at Circuit Mont-Tremblant – Late entries accepted. Historic Can-Am 50th Anniversary Feature Race, celebrating the first ever Can-Am race held at Mt. Tremblant Saint-Jovite on September 11, 1966 also saluting original Canadian Can-Am participants. Enter at www.HMSAusa.com or www.HSRrace.com.
July 14-17 Road America – Entry still open. Historic Can-Am 50th Anniversary Feature Races, two Saturday 50th Anniversary races, one for Small Block and Tube Frame cars and one for late Big Block Cars and the big Sunday feature race for all cars. There is also a special Celebration, Reunion, Banquet, Historic Displays, and original participant seminars. All past crew, sponsors, drivers, media involved in the original 1966-1974 Can-Am Series are invited. We are exceeding the 50 entries for the 50th Anniversary and expect over 60 entries. The online entry continues to be open at www.roadamerica.com and are requested ASAP for program, PR and entrant gifts.
August 18-21 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Entry closed. Two Historic Can-Am 50th Anniversary Feature Races Saturday during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, CA. HCAA entries to this major international vintage racing weekend are outstanding with over 60 entries. There will be special HCAA trophies and some special happenings to be announced soon.
Period Authentic, Period Correct There is a big push for period authentic, period correct historic Can-Am cars. This is required for the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and has elevated this issue for many historic Can-Am owners. The cars there are accepted by a circuit committee under HMSA sanction. HCAA has always and will continue to accept the cars that ran, or of the type that could have run, in the original 1966-1974 series in those events in which HCAA totally organizes the feature, such as at Road America. Our only firm guideline to emphasize the original era is that the induction be carburetors or a wholly mechanical fuel injection, such as the original Lucas type. Electronic ignitions are OK, as they were available in period. Original suspension type, brakes, etc. should be adhered to. Specifically not acceptable are electronic engine management systems with electronic fuel injection. We strongly support the push for cars to be painted in their original livery and with period decals but we are not requiring this. Period correct and period original cars are always to be highly prized by vintage racers and collectors.
2016 Monday, May 16: Late Entry Alert – Historic Can-Am 50th Anniversary Feature at the July 14-17 Road America Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman Vintage Racing Weekend
Enter now! We are exceeding our target of over 50 for the 50th, however many owner/drivers not yet entered have indicated they are coming. Your early entry is used in the event program and on the anniversary gift. The sooner the better, but no later than May 31 is appreciated.
2016 Monday, April 25: The Historic Can-Am Feature at HSR’s The Mitty on Saturday April 23 Was a Big Crowd Pleaser with Dave Handy Driving the Shadow Tribute DN4 Winning Overall
Toby Bean in his rapid Lola T70 MK-IIIB was second overall followed by William Thumel in a Lola 111B to round out the podium. Twenty HCAA cars started the weekend main feature attracting a record Mitty spectator crowd. The Can-Am field was missing a favorite as Craig Bennett crashed his Shadow DN4 in Saturday morning practice with serious injuries and will be recovering over the next few months.
Before the 1:15pm Saturday feature, the cars were staged in the hot pits for 30 minutes for a fan walk around and autograph session. Fans crowded the hot pits wall to wall. The pre-race Canada and United States national anthems signaled the 5 minutes to go and a great post race podium ceremony completed the festivities.
All 300 entries from all classes enjoyed a great weekend. More news soon.
HCAA info: Dan Davis (650) 321-1411.
2016, Tuesday, March 29: Historic Can-Am Fearture – 50th Anniversary Celebration Race on Saturday, April 23 at Road Atlanta during HSR’s “The Mitty” on April 21-23 Vintage and Historic Racing Weekend
The awesome, unlimited, high horsepower greatest racing cars of the 1966-1974 Era, the cars of the SCCA-CASC Canadian-American Challenge Series, will be saluted this year at four big vintage racing weekends. “The Mitty” is the opener of this 50th anniversary celebration. These cars in 1966-1974 were faster than F1 or Indy Cars. They had the greatest drivers: Bruce McLaren, John Surtees, Dan Gurney, Jim Hall, Mark Donohue, George Follmer, Chris Amon, and more. The cars were from Lola, Porsche, McLaren, Chaparral, Ford, BBM, Ferrari, Shadow and others.
Great historic Can-Am cars will be on-track at Road Atlanta for practice on Friday. The big feature on Saturday and also for a Sunday race. Info for spectators or entrants: HSRrace.com
2016, Thursday, March 17: Golden Years of Can-Am Racing Highlighted
at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Known for its “excess is barely adequate” reputation, the Can-Am Series was known for its free-wheeling rule interpretations that brought experiments such as big wings, two engines, ground effects, perfecting turbocharging and liberal use of exotic materials. The only hardened rule was the cars were to be “sports cars,” meaning they had to have room for a passenger. The Golden Anniversary of these over-the-top racers will be a feature race at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 18-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Officially the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, this August’s field of Lolas, Shadows, McLarens, Porsches and others will take two separate grids of historic cars that competed in the series. The first group is comprised of USRRC and Can-Am cars that raced between 1963 and 1968, while the big bore Can-Am group features racers from 1968 through 1974.
The thundering Can-Am series attracted the world’s finest drivers. Such dignitaries as Mark Donohue, Dan Gurney, George Follmer, Vic Elford, AJ Foyt, Graham Hill, Phil Hill, Denny Hulme, Peter Revson, Bruce McLaren, Mario Andretti, Bob Bondurant, David Hobbs, and Jackie Stewart who all competed in the series. The list of drivers could go on and on.
Both groups will be on track Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. And a special highlight will be a seminar and lively Q&A on Can-Am that will be presented by Victory Lane magazine.
Each year the highlight of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is its featured marque presentation. This year BMW will celebrate its 100th anniversary in remarkable fashion through its paddock display, historic race cars and several surprises that are in the works. It will be a presentation in keeping with the marque’s illustrious racing history.
Rolex is an avid supporter of the internationally acclaimed Monterey Classic Car Week and has been title sponsor of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion since it was renamed in 2010. Every year a driver from each group is selected for their overall excellence in the race and receives a Rolex Award of Excellence. The event’s top honor of a specially engraved 18-karat yellow gold and stainless steel Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is awarded to the driver who excels in the Spirit of the Weekend. Rolex’s involvement with motorsports runs deep, having been associated with the famed Goodwood Revival since 2004 and, most recently, as a Global Partner and Official Timepiece of Formula 1.
A maximum of 550 historic race cars are being accepted for entry in the 15 race groups that will swell the paddock with rolling automotive history. Each car will be evaluated for its authenticity, race provenance, and documentation that it is period and mechanically correct from when it originally ran. From early pre-war cars like a 1916 National AC and 1927 Bugatti T37A Grand Prix, to the ground-pounding Can-Am cars.
For more information or to view the full array of ticketing and hospitality packages, contact the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Ticket Office at 831-242-8220 or click HERE for more details.
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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