56 race previews & reports on the Can-Am series.
Articles from St. Jovite, Mosport, Bridgehampton, Laguna Seca,
Riverside, Las Vegas, Edmonton, Texas, Watkins Glen, Mid Ohio, Michigan,
Elkhart Lake, plus full results from 1966 to 1969.
The period covered in this first volume of
Brooklands Books' Can-Am series opens with John Surtees' 1996 win at St.
Jovite, Quebec, in a Lola-Chevrolet and finishes with Bruce McLaren
wrapping up the '69 championship in Texas. In between, the Can-Am
travelling circus criss-crossed the USA and Canada visiting Riverside in
California, Watkins Glen in New York and venturing as far north as
Edmonton in Alberta. While Surtees took the first Can-Am title, it was
McLaren who dominated the following years with Denny Hulme and Bruce
McLaren finishing in the top two positions on all three occasions. 1966
also saw the arrival of the Chaparral with its movable, high-mounted
wing that proved to be successful enough to take pole position at the
first attempt - although problems with the mechanism during the race
meant victory went to Dan Gurney. Apart from Hall's aerodynamic
experiments with the Chaparral, most constructors looked to generate
more horsepower to win races and engine sizes began to grow as a result.
Although Gurney used a 5.0-litre Ford V8 to great effect, it soon became
common to see 7.0-litre big-block V8s from both Chevrolet and Ford in
some cars while others were equipped with superchargers or fuel
injection. With record crowds and prize money that eclipsed any other
motor racing championship in the world, Can-Am arrived with a bang in
'66. By '69 it had become a million-dollar sports car series and a
McLaren benefit with the team winning all eleven rounds that year. The
full story of every race is included in this book, together with
previews and results from each year.