Can-Am Cars Return To California

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Can-Am rush hour in 1973. Vic Elford in the UOP Shadow (102) leads as Bobby Brown in a McLaren M8F (97), David Hobbs in the McLaren M20 (73), Charlie Kemp in a Porsche 917-10 (23), Ed Felter in a McLaren M8E (47) and Jody Scheckter in a Porsche 917-10 (0) give chase. Elford’s Shadow pumped out a rumored 1200 to 1500 horsepower. Many of these same cars will compete again in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca photo)
 Can-Am rush hour in 1973. Vic Elford in the UOP Shadow (102) leads as Bobby Brown in a McLaren M8F (97), David Hobbs in the McLaren M20 (73), Charlie Kemp in a Porsche 917-10 (23), Ed Felter in a McLaren M8E (47) and Jody Scheckter in a Porsche 917-10 (0) give chase. Elford’s Shadow pumped out a rumored 1200 to 1500 horsepower.  Many of these same cars will compete again in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca photo)
Vic Elford in the UOP Shadow (102) leads as Bobby Brown in a McLaren M8F (97), David Hobbs in the McLaren M20 (73), Charlie Kemp in a Porsche 917-10 (23), Ed Felter in a McLaren M8E (47) and Jody Scheckter in a Porsche 917-10 (0) give chase in 1973 at Laguna Seca. The cars will compete again in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca photo)

MONTEREY, Calif. — Returning to their familiar home where they ran unbridled in the 1960s and early 1970s, thundering Can-Am cars will be a popular group this year at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Held Aug. 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the event is a collection of 550 authentic and period-correct race cars from nearly every decade of motorsports.

It will be difficult to ignore the guttural rumble of 30-plus authentic Can-Am cars as they accelerate out of Turn 11 and down the straightaway to the start/finish bridge. These very same cars from the “anything goes” era of motorsports raced here in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s to enormous crowds watching from the hillsides.

The original Can-Am series attracted the world’s finest drivers. The Who’s Who of driving included Mark Donohue, George Follmer, Jim Hall, Phil Hill, Denny Hulme, Jacky Ickx, Vic Elford, Bruce McLaren and John Surtees.

The grid is dominated by McLarens, Shadows and Lolas.

“The Can-Am group is a popular one for fans and participants alike as they represent the true definition of win at any cost,” said Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “These cars retain their characteristic look and certainly sounds and they are a welcoming site in their spiritual home.”

The Can-Am group is one of 15 race groups featured at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. They will be on track in Group 3B, racing on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.