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Denis Hulme 1970

This is the status board showing the position and time for each car during qualifying. The board is in the paddock area. Cards have the names of the drivers, their car number, and glued to each card, the best time for that car. You can't read it, and shouldn't even try, but getting the 1970 pole position was the #66 Chaparral 2J, driven by Vic Elford. Unfortunately the Chaparral blew it's engine during warm-up prior the the actual race. The team didn't have time to install their spare engine and had to drop from the race. This was a big disappointment for everyone because we all came to see the famous vacuum car kick the shit out the McLarens. Click here for more about the Chaparral 2J.

Race circuit as it was prior to 1986.
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Can-Am Cars (Osprey Auto Champions)

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Can-Am Racing : 1966-1974

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Can-Am : Photo-History

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Sports Car Racing In America 1958 - 1974

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Dan Gurney's McLeagle 1969

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Can-Am at Laguna Seca, Monterey, California

"Maybe, like shining Camelot and Woodstock, the Can-Am could only have happened when it did." — Pete Lyons

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Challenge Cup

To quote Michael Stucker from his on-line history of Can-Am:

Sportscar racing became very popular in the US after WWII. So popular, that in 1966 the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) along with the CASC (Canadian Automobile Sports Club), founded the Can-Am series for Group 7 type sports racers. Because of sponsorship from Johnson Wax, the Can-Am was the best paying racing series in the world. This meant that the cream of international auto racing were very interested in the Can-Am. F1 World Champions John Surtees, Jody Scheckter, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Phil Hill, Denny Hulme, Jackie Stewart, and Mario Andretti all participated in the Can-Am at one time or another. Indy 500 winners A.J. Foyt, Mark Donohue, and Parnelli Jones (along with Andretti) also did.

The race photographs shown here were done at the 1969, 1970, and 1972 Cam-Am races at Laguna Seca. Laguna Seca in the late 60s and early 70s was, and probably still is, a great place to see racing. There were many great viewing positions. From the hill inside the track almost 60% of the course was viewable. The famous or infamous, dependig on your view-point, corkscrew is probably one of the most famous turns in racing. It also makes for great viewing.

It's Our Passion: 2005 Monterey Historic

Photo by Mike LeePhoto by Mike LeeNovember 4, 2005: Mike Lee of Sunnyvale, CA was there in August and took several photos of the cars on display. We have more over here.

Do you have photos of the Monterey Historic displayed on the web? We would like to let everyone know. Send us one photo from the selection and we will post it along with all the others we get. All the photos will be on one web page (Each will be about the same size as the two above.) We will then put a link on your photo to the your web page.

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If you have any comments, or more importantly any historical information, about the Can-Am series and it's drivers then please drop us a line at: editor@photoessayist.com.

From The Race Programs Photographs From Laguna-Seca Teams of Special Note
Car and Driver More Stuff Misc Stuff
Hey - I got something to say! Links Upcoming Events at Laguna Seca

From The Race Programs

Birth of Can-Am Racing
Inside of the Can-Am Cars
Stirling Moss

Photographs From Laguna-Seca

Place Paddocks
People Radio Man
a Few Cars



Teams of Special Note

Chaparral Racing MAC's IT Special
McLaren Cars Penske Racing
UOP Shadow  

Car and Driver

Vic Elford George Follmer
Denis Hulme Chuck Parsons
Sam Posey Jackie Oliver

More Stuff

Photos of the 2005 Monterey Historic by passionate car fans.
Photographing Auto Races at Laguna Seca
Not Quite Can-Am but it is Dan Gurney

Misc Stuff

Purchase Color Photographs
Program Covers From 1969, 1970, and 1972
Race Stats from 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
Comments From The Stands

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For This TV Viever There Is No More SpeedTV: Cox Cable removes SpeedTV from it's standard service. [Read More]

Can-Am History: Cam-Am does have a history and it is recorded on film. Hopefully that film is being well taken care of. My question for Speedvision is: Why haven't you shown any of it? [Read More]

the Web - the Great Equalizer: We photographers, amateur and professional, now have a worldwide audience for our work. [Read More]

Dodger Stadium Races: They really did have races at Dodger Stadium and this photographer was there. [Read more]

Historic Racing Events: CanAm-At-LagunaSeca has some thoughts on historic events such as the Road & Track U.S. Sports Car Invitational. [Read More]



Can-Am History Michael Stucker's Online History
Pete Lyons This is the Man as far as Can-Am photography goes. He now has his own web site.
The Laguna Seca Race Track
Can-Am Cars LTD Collectors and restorers of Can-Am cars since the 1960's
Vintage Sportcar Photos Photographer Allen Kuhn photographed races all over southern California in the 50's and 60's. They're all for sale.
Turbo Racing Photos A whole lot of racing photos. Most from Riverside Raceway.
Classic Cars Can-Am Race Results. All years, all races!
Vintage Can-Am: For David Pozzi motorsports is a big part of his life. That's David in the yellow Lola T-70 dropping into the corkscrew at Laguna Seca.
Sports Car History Links to various historical sports car sites.
AutoCourse A French Canadian site with plently of photos from all kinds of racing in Canada. Click on Photos and explore.
Program Racing Covers This site has thousands of Racing Covers. Here is the page with Laguna Seca covers (Beware there is a lot of covers here.)
Can-Am Champions Drivers List and More.
Real Sports Network This site covers all sports. Auto Sports here.
It's Also In German Can-Am history in German.
Lola History
Int'l Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen
Shelby Can-Am Cars
Additional Photos Whole Lot Of Racing Photos
Can-Am 30th Birthday Party For Can-Am
Race Legends This company is the official site for Stirling Moss and Phil Hill, Jack Brabham, and the Monterrey Historic Races. This is the very complete links page.
Want to buy a Can-Am car? Check here.
Here's another fellow with a passion for the cars and the racing of the 60's and early 70's.

Upcoming Events at Laguna Seca

2008 Events

  • May 16 - 18, 2008
    Monterey Festival Of Speed
  • Jul 18 - 20, 2008
    Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix
  • Aug 15 - 17, 2008
    Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races
  • September 27-28, 2008
    AMA Superbike Finale
  • Oct 17 - 19, 2008
    Monterey Sports Car Championships