CAN-AM AT 50

Motor Sport News - - Show Review - PAUL LAWRENCE

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.

Mon­ster Mclaren helped launch Can-am’s 50th an­niver­sary

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