The Canadian-American Challenge Cup, most commonly known as Can-Am, was a sportscar racing series held initially, and most famously, from 1966-1974 for Group 7 cars. It garnered competition initially between Lola, McLaren and Chaparral, before taking the interest of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and notably Porsche, before Shadow dominated the 1974 championship.
The racing was never particularly closely-fought; each season was characterised by the dominance of one team: Lola in ’66, McLaren from ’67-’71, Porsche in ’72 and ’73 and finally Shadow in ’74. But it was the cars themselves that delivered the spectacle.
Not only were they incredibly impressive to look at with their bombastic aerodynamic designs and enormous trumpets jutting out from the engine bays, they were, and remain, some of the most extraordinary cars to listen to. Generally powered by big-booming V8s from Chevrolet and Ford in the case of the Lolas and the McLarens, these Can-Am brutes are utterly exorbitant when it comes to noise.
We simply cannot wait to see as many as 20 of these cars, including machines from McLaren, Lola, Porsche and what we’re expecting to be the largest collection of Shadow racers ever assembled, unleashed around the Goodwood Motor Circuit in what is sure to be a weekend highlight.
The Members’ Meeting will once again take its place as our traditional season opener for the Goodwood motorsport season on the 13th and 14th of April. Next year’s event is already promising to deliver some of the most memorable moments we’ve ever seen at the Motor Circuit.
Alongside our Can-Am demonstration, the Ken Miles Cup, an all-Ford Mustang race, is bound to produce plenty of fireworks, as well as another glorious dose of V8 thunder.