Chaparral's ingenious but strange race cars, with their six-foot tall wings and vacuum suction motors, were first mocked, then feared, then finally banned for being too advanced. Four decades later I got a ride in one.
The 1966-1974 salad days of Can-Am racing were a result of the Sports Car Club of America and the Canadian Automobile Sports Club joining forces. The adoption of Group 7 FIA rules spawned a North American racing class with no restrictions on engine size or boost pressure. Tire size was wide open. Weight was optional.…
Seriously. Really. Look at this Ed Sauer photo of Jim Hall with his partially-disassembled Chaparral, circa '64. Panache! Quiet verve! Texan authenticity! Sports-racing derring-do. You are simply not worthy. Face it. Just try to name a modern racing driver who looks this cool. We dare you.