CAN-AM AT 50
I always think that competition cars should get the hairs on the back of your neck twitching, even when parked. A Can-am car just does that and when it fires up and runs, be prepared to be moved in every sense.
So, the presence of two of these early 1970s monsters on the Silverstone Classic stand was a real highlight of the show. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the world’s most outrageous sports-racing category, a pair of races at the Classic will top a six-race mini-series in 2016.
On show was John Grant’s stunning 1970 Mclaren M8C/D and the even rarer March 717 of Richards Dodkins, a car developed by Chris Amon and Howden Ganley and raced when new by Helmut Kelleners. They looked spectacular, and vast, inside an NEC hall. At 180mph on Hangar Straight they’ll be even more impressive.