July 25th, 1970 — David Hobbs in the pits during practice for the Klondike 200 Can-Am sports car race at Edmonton International Speedway.
July 27th, 1969 — Chuck Parsons watches mechanics working on his Lola T163 in the garage area behind the pits during practice for the Klondike 200 Can-Am car race at Edmonton International Speedway. Parsons didn’t start racing until he was 30 and was another of those drivers who had well prepared cars for the Can-Am series but limited success although usually finishing in the points. As an endurance driver he won the Daytona 24 hours co-driving with Mark Donohue in a Penske Racing Lola T70 coupe.
August 1st, 1971 — Lothar Motschenbacher with his mechanic checking over his Formula 5000 Mclaren at Edmonton International Speedway during practice. Motschenbacher raced Can-Am sports cars and open wheels, always had a quick car, but I don’t think he ever won a race.
The 50th anniversary of the legendary Can-Am sports car racing series is happening in 2016. Pictures in my archives taken between 1968-1971 at the Klondike 200 race held at Edmonton International Speedway were to be uploaded a few pictures at a time over the next week or so but an executive decision has been made and the pictures were uploaded together into a gallery HERE in the projects section of this blog. Note, there are over 180 pictures in the gallery so it might take a while to load. There were two galleries uploaded early this month of Canadian drivers and Team McLaren. They have been removed and the pictures included in the projects gallery. The car above is a McLaren possibly driven by John Cordts in 1969.
July 25th, 1970 — Dave Morris, driving in a support race to the 1970 CanAm in Edmonton, zooms through the pits on a scooter. His passenger, Brynell Gunderson, is not impressed. Dave is a member of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame and aside from being the 1973 Canadian Formula Ford champion he owned the team that Gilles Villeneuve drove for in Formula Atlantic the year before he signed with Ferrari in Formula 1.