THINGS TO CAN-AM AT 50

The UK club rac­ing scene al­ways pro­vides plenty of ac­tion. Stephen Lick­o­r­ish and Paul Lawrence pick out some po­ten­tial high­lights for this sea­son

Motor Sport News - - Club Racing Preview -

Can-am sports-rac­ing cars are huge in ev­ery sense. Mon­ster en­gines and out­ra­geous top speeds typ­ify th­ese vast rac­ing leviathans. They are some of the big­gest cars ever pro­duced for rac­ing and this sea­son marks the 50th an­niver­sary of the cre­ation of a cat­e­gory that had its best times in North Amer­ica.

The key Euro­pean cel­e­bra­tion of Can-am will be at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic (July 29-31), but to en­cour­age own­ers to get some sel­dom-used race cars pre­pared, a mini-se­ries has been de­vel­oped by Masters His­toric Rac­ing to take in races at Brands Hatch (May 28/29) and Don­ing­ton Park (July 2/3).

The aim for the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic is to get 50 cars on the grid, span­ning the Can-am era of the late 1960s and early 1970s. With seven- and even eight-litre en­gines, th­ese mon­sters are ca­pa­ble of 200mph on Hangar Straight and the race will start will truly make the earth move. PL

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