Two de­grees of sep­a­ra­tion

Australian Muscle Car - - Can-An MkII -

When

Alan Jones stepped out of full-time Can-Am com­pe­ti­tion af­ter the clinch­ing the ’78 ti­tle, Carl Haas re­placed him with an­other driver with a stint with Frank Wil­liams in For­mula 1 on his re­sume – Jacky Ickx.

Ickx’s main com­pe­ti­tion for the ’79 ti­tle was a fu­ture Wil­liams F1 driver, Keke Ros­berg, who was signed by the Paul New­man-fronted New­man-Free­man Rac­ing. Ros­berg, of course, would re­place Jones at Wil­liams for the 1982 sea­son, win­ning the World Cham­pi­onship that year. The suc­cess of both the Aus­tralian and the Finn would sug­gest Can-Am MkII was, in the very least, no hin­drance to Grand Prix suc­cess.

Ros­berg won first time out in Can-Am at At­lanta and again mid-sea­son at Watkins Glen in the Lola T333CS-based Spy­der NF-11. Ros­berg’s team­mate El­liott Forbes-Robin­son won the Trois-Rivieres round that year. Thus, there are Aus­tralian con­nec­tions aplenty and much fewer than six de­grees of sep­a­ra­tion through­out this unique era of rac­ing his­tory.

A good ex­am­ple is that a Spy­der NF-11 driven by Ros­berg and EFR now re­sides in Aus­tralia – the strik­ing Bud­weiser and Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers-liv­er­ied car of Syd­neysider An­drew Klu­ver. This car turned laps at last year’s Muscle Car Mas­ters, as pic­tured be­low.

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