CAN-AM SERIES 1966 - 1974

In 1966, the SCCA launched the Canadian-American Challenge Cup race series in North America for Group 7 cars. The Can-Am series quickly gained popularity because of its unrestricted engine capacity and few technical restrictions, which made the series a show case of horsepower and innovation! The Can-Am had three eras dominated by Lola at first, then McLaren and finally by Porsche. Each era brought new technology and innovation in aerodynamics and race engineering. Finally outdone by its costs and the fuel crisis in 1974, the Can-Am series was revived in 1977, but never again reached its former stature as a series. .

CAN-AM SERIES 1966 - 1974

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Sport Spyder: Built by Cisitalia in 1948 (Chassis 04), the car was sold to Carlo Abarth who modified the tube framed racer, coaxing the 1.1L OHC aluminium engine engine to 80hp, which made it a formidible class contender. This was one of the last Cisitalia racers built before that firm's bankruptcy and one of the first Abarth cars (Abarth Chassis #08). The great Tazio Nuvolari drove the car at the Targa Florio but failed to finish due to a broken gearbox, but won the Palermo-Montepellegrino Hillclimb with this car, reputed to be his last win and his last race. The car spent most of its life in Argentina after that, but surfaced and was sold at auction in 2013 for $4.62 million!
Model by HANCHETTE 1/43



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F1 WORLD DRIVER & CONSTRUCTORS CHAMPIONS 1950 - 1985
USRRC 1963 to 1968
CAN-AM SERIES 1966 - 1974
IMSA SERIES 1971 - 1998
TRANS-AM SERIES 1966 - 2013
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THE TRIPLE CROWN OF ENDURANCE RACES:
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DRIVER TRIBUTES:
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JUAN MANUEL FANGIO TRIBUTE
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GREAT RACING TEAMS:
ECURIE ECOSSE
GULF OIL RACING
MARTINI RACING TEAM
GROUP 44, Inc.
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BRUMOS RACING TEAM

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