Ground-shak­ing mon­sters set to head­line Sil­ver­stone’s show­piece

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

As many as 50 Can-am cars will line up at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic in July to cel­e­brate the 50th birth­day of the cat­e­gory.

Nick Wigley, pro­moter of the event, has con­firmed high com­peti­tor in­ter­est in the pair of races for some of the most pow­er­ful sports-rac­ing cars ever pro­duced.

“It’s been fan­tas­tic and there is huge ex­cite­ment about it and my am­bi­tion is to see 50 cars on the grid,” said Wigley. “We’ve called it Can-am 50 and we’re aim­ing to get 50 cars.”

The Sil­ver­stone races, first re­vealed in MN last July, will fea­ture a to­tal of more than 300,000 horse­power and the lead­ing cars will be ap­proach­ing 200mph on the run down Hangar Straight.

The Can-am se­ries started in 1966, run­ning to Group 7 reg­u­la­tions with lit­tle or no re­stric­tion on power and aero­dy­nam­ics. By the late 1960s, seven-litre Chevro­let en­gines were com­mon and Porsche later ran the 1000bhp open-cock­pit tur­bocharged 917.

In Europe, the class evolved into In­ter­serie, but the heart­land of Can-am rac­ing was in North Amer­ica, where the se­ries ended af­ter the 1986 sea­son.

On the grid will be John Grant, chair­man of the Bri­tish Rac­ing Driv­ers’ Club, in his Mclaren M8C/D. Grant suf­fered a huge ac­ci­dent in the car at Brands Hatch in 2010 and has only raced it once since it was re­built. But he says the chance to race at Sil­ver­stone will tempt him back into the 1970 car. “I can’t wait to be part of it,” said Grant.

John Grant will race his fab­u­lous Mclaren

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