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CanAm 1970

CanAm 1970

CanAm weekend, circa 1970. Is it Watkins Glen or Mosport? I don't remember, but I love the guy getting the Polaroid of the Chevy V8-powered CanAm car. The sounds during the race assaulted your ears and your body - and it was wonderful! View full size.


Sorry for not slobbering over the hot red car -- it's the 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix in front that's doing it for me. I'm definitely not a Shorpy car expert so I'm not afraid to admit that I can never make out the essential differences between the Grand Prix, Catalina, Laurentian, Strato Chief and Parisienne of that era. But I do know that in 1973 I learned to drive on a 1964 Pontiac Parisienne (thank you, Dad, for entrusting your only car to a 16-year-old) and that from the rear it looked pretty much like the car that is only incidentally part of the photo above. (But isn't that just one of the many excellent features of Shorpy -- the stuff at the edges?)

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