Few remember the 712 Can Am. Why should they? It never won a race and barely competed in two seasons of competition here in America. It does, however, have one thing going for it: the largest engine Ferrari ever built.
You could buy a decent Jeep or 10 motorcycles for the price of a Can-Am Maverick X3. And those other vehicles can legally drive themselves to a trail. But once the pavement ends and the leashes come off, it’s the X3’s world, and everything else is just trying to get through it.
What do you do with a set of identical Can-Am Maverick X3s lent to you for obvious marketing purposes? Race them, duh. Team Hoonigan whipped out their best sideways dirty antics by pitting Ken Block’s team up against BJ Baldwin’s in their ultimate Battle Broyale through an abandoned desert neighborhood.
FACT: Vintage racing is the very best thing about Monterey Car Week. You could hang out with a bunch of scowling millionaires ogling Delahayes parked a golf course, or you could go to Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca and see and hear tons of old-school race cars being driven in anger. Let’s do that now, shall we?
The Can-Am Maverick X3 looks like it could be dropped on the surface of Mars and start racing without skipping a beat. It’s somehow simultaneously sleek and rugged, it’s headed for mass production, and I’m ready for communion at the church of UTVs.
After landing a test in a Maserati 250F at the young age of 17, driver Chris Amon went to the highest levels of open-wheel and sports car racing. And together with fellow New Zealander Bruce McLaren, he drove the Ford GT40 to its first 24 Hours of Le Mans win in 1966. He died today at age 73.
Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe 914 is the nirvana of the four-cylinder cars: two-litre, five speed, with the gauge pack. It’s also an unrestored, limited edition, with paint that earned it the nickname of Bumblebee. Might that just take away some of the sting of its price?
What’s the only thing cooler than auto racing? Auto racing in the 1960s and ‘70s, that’s what. And that era of Can-Am racing produced some of the most memorable events and cars the world has ever seen. Now McLaren has a 650S that salutes this era, and I want one.
Welcome aboard Mr. Philip Hall’s 1966 Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder! Your driver will be Nick Padmore today, average speed is expected to be around 110.46 MPH during your journey. Bon voyage and thank you for choosing Goodwood!
This GIF was handcrafted for you at 37,000 feet doing 487 mph with an outside temperature of -72 ºF.
[You're looking at a 1974 Sting Can-Am car, racing at the Monterey Historics over the weekend. It has a 540 c.i/8.8 liter Chevy big block sitting behind the driver. Only one was made. Photo Credit: NewsPress]
[This press shot for the 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon Brougham – dig that 'not a hatch' fastback rear – for some reason includes an Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 CanAm car, as far as I can tell. Here is one picture of the suspected Alfa in similar guise from AlfaBB, and here's a general history of the Tipo 33.]
Pretty new Macca, huh? Here’s an old one, the M20 sports prototype from the waning days of McLaren’s dominance of Can-Am. Fiberglass and aluminum, crazy velocity stacks, F1- and Can-Am champion Denny Hulme at the wheel, who managed to beat the turbocharged Porsche 917’s in the early races of the 1972 season but lost…
The Porsche 917 is what happens when Ze Germans focus all their energy on global domination... in a good way.
Denny Hulme's 1969 Can-Am victory in a McLaren M8B was one of the high points of motorsport for enthusiast Bob Rubin, who commissioned artist Chris Gilmour to make this amazing full-scale M8 from cardboard and hot glue.
Last weekend's 2009 Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge saw more than hot vintage racers mixing it up at Infineon Raceway. One of the Shadow CanAm team cars caught fire, making for the seriously dramatic imagery below.