E’ tutto vero…la CAN-AM torna a far sentire il suo ruggito in America! Non parliamo di auto storiche, ma di un vero e proprio campionato organizzato con il patrocino dell’ALMS e dello sponsor Tequila Patron da anni impegnato nel motorsport.
Le auto ricorderanno nella forma le gloriose auto di fine anni 60, inizio 70 con gli standar di sicurezza moderni in un misto di linee tra McLaren, Lola, Shadow e Porsche.
Grosso motore 8cilindri in alluminio, grandi freni in acciaio, cambio ad H si fonderanno assieme alle moderne iniezione elettronica ed acceleratore fly by wire con controllo di trazione. Le date del campionato
non sono ancora state definite ma sembra seguiranno il calendario ALMS con 2 gare da 30minuti. L’intento degli organizzatori è di far riviere i gloriosi anni della saga CAN-AM dove vetture potentissime si sfidavano nei circuiti da sogno americani belli e selvaggi. L’unico regola tecnica di quel campionato era che le vetture dovevano avere le portiere…per il resto tutto libero…che ne dite?
Don’t let it be forgot
That once there was a sport
For one brief shining moment
That was known as …Can-Am!
Riporto di seguito un articolo di Pete Lyons, giornalista e fotografo che ha seguito la Can Am nei suoi anni gloriosi e che ci spiega poeticamente l’essenza di quel campionato.
The History behind the Heritage
by Pete Lyons
Apologies to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, the imaginative geniuses who turned the ancient King Arthur legend into that delightful Broadway musical, “Camelot,” but borrowing (and slightly hot-rodding) their lyrics is irresistible when thinking of the wonderful Canadian-American Challenge Cup racing series of the 1960s-1970s. Like the Camelot of the stage, the long-vanished Can-Am of North American road courses seems to shine ever more brightly in our memories with every passing season. The mythical Arthur’s fantasized court was an idyllic realm, according to Lerner and Loewe, a place of perfection in climate, spirit and government:
In short, there’s simply not
A more congenial spot
Was the Can-Am the Camelot of motorsports? It truly was a vanished age of heroic machines. There were other such eras in racing history, but the Can-Am was something special, a Noble Experiment in minimal regulation. Can-Am cars, at the series’ peak, were almost entirely unlimited. As long as your design was a “sports car,” meaning bodywork covering the wheels and a cockpit with extra space — if just barely — for a passenger, and providing you met certain sketchy safety requirements of the day, you were free to try any crazy idea that came out of late-night barroom benchracing. Can-Am came to mean Wild and Free. The Big Block engines grew to be the most powerful that road racing had ever seen. Body shapes and aerodynamic appendages were unrestricted. Materials? Wheel and tire sizes? Weight? Build whatever you want.The results, in the best of cases, were the fastest road racers on the planet — faster than Formula 1s. No wonder that, in our “modern” time of regulation of every last detail of a competition vehicle, of restrictions on almost every facet of its performance, some of us feel so nostalgic about the Can-Am. Alas, those halcyon days of freedom didn’t last long, only from 1966 through the middle of 1974. Just eight and a half years. In truth, the “unlimited” Canadian-American Challenge Cup never did achieve Camelot-like perfection in climate, spirit and government. The once-wonderful series declined and died for many reasons. But let’s not dwell on them here and now. Rather, like Lerner and Loewe, let us simply remember and revere that “fleeting wisp of glory” that was the Big Block Can-Am car.
A noi non ci resta che attendere il 2012, consci che non sarà una Can-Am come i bei vecchi tempi, ma il rumore e le forme che vedremmo nelle piste farà battere ancora il nostro cuore da corsa. http://www.unlimitedracingchampionship.com/home.htm