Category: CAN-AM

Penske’s CAN-AM Porsche 917

Porsche enjoyed a dominance in 1972 that McLaren could only dream of, and so McLaren’s five-year stranglehold had been crushed, and Porsche had earned their first Can-Am Challenge Cup. But many years passed before the participants discovered the full impact of their efforts. The L&M Porsche has become one of the most recognizable racecars in…



The Wildest Machines From Racing’s Lawless Years

Rules and regulations are generally a good thing in motorsports. They mandate a certain level of safety and can keep the races interesting, since competing vehicles must have similar styles and engines. But if you want proof that keeping the rulebook short and sweet breeds excitement and innovation, just take a look at Can-Am Racing….



Lurking in the Shadows

Founded in 1968 as Advanced Vehicle Systems, Don Nichols’ Shadow Racing team fielded innovative race cars in both the Can-Am and Formula 1 series. The Can-Am Years In 1970, Shadow Racing made its debut in the Can-Am series with its MkI race car and drivers George Follmer and Vic Elford. The MkI featured a Chevrolet…



John Surtees Reunited With Can-Am Winning Lola T70

John Surtees, former Formula One World Champion and four-time 500cc motorcycle World Champion in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960, is reunited with the Lola T70 he drove in 1966. He tells us about his experiences in the first ever Can-Am series.



McLaren – The CAN-AM Years

Even by the thrilling standards of 1960s motorsport, Can-Am was viscerally exciting. It was a race series for sports cars with power outputs that dwarfed those in Formula 1™ at the time, the closest motorsport has ever come to truly unrestricted competition. …and it was a championship that the young McLaren racing team would come…



Porsche 917/30 – The Car That Killed Can-Am

The 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder is considered by many racing historians to be the most powerful race car to have every turned a wheel on asphalt. The twin-turbo 12 cylinder powerplant was tuned to pump out over 1,580hp in qualifying mode during the 1973 season of the Can-Am Challenge, the teams usually decreased turbo…



McLaren M8B

Can-Am McLaren M8B – The Perfect Race Car Some race cars come off the shop floor ready to win their very first race. One beauty famous for doing so was 1967’s F1 Lotus 49. More rarely, a new car will win its first couple of times out. That same year, Ford’s GT40 Mark IV scored…