Motorsport Meets Pop Art: 6 Can-Am Race Car Prints Have Been Added To The Shop
We’ve been happy to include motorsport artwork from ScheningCreative in the Petrolicious Shop for a while now, and today we’ve added six more cars to the selection of prints. This series, which includes the Lola T70 MkII and T260, the McLaren M6A and M8B, the Chaparral 2G, and the twin-turbocharged Porsche 917/10, represents the early years of the Canadian American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) with Schening’s portrayal of some of the meanest pieces of equipment deployed on a race track. The tightly-contested (and money-sucking) racing series put more horsepower on American tracks than any other in the world, and while the original championship lasted less than a decade, the period from 1966 to 1974 saw technological development taking place at the edges of performance and precaution. In other words, once Can-Am cars started pushing into the 1,000-horsepower range while weighing less than a no-options Corolla it was time to change the rules.
The unlimited engine sizes and attention from some of the best racing minds in the world made for a potent recipe bound to break budgets and test the limits of safety, and these Group 7 “governed” creations look the business. Some of the most notable cars from the first Can-Am championship era also happen to be the best looking, and though there are some slab sides for sure, you’ll also notice a few curves that can be called pretty in a more traditional sense if the brutal form of the 917/10 doesn’t convey enough of its own brand of good-looking.
At $35 each, ScheningCreative’s colorful but tasteful prints are affordable enough to mix and match (plenty more cars are available to choose from here) and are plainly displayed but are detailed enough to call them accurate. Most importantly, you can call this car artwork instead of car posters if anyone thinks they should be hung up in the garage—there’s nothing wrong with two-page magazine spreads thumb-tacked to the wall with the staple holes and crease through the middle to show for it, but you probably wouldn’t put those up in the living room like you can with these.
John Surtees driving the Chevrolet powered Lola T70 MkII at the 1966 Player’s 200 at Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Canada. The Player’s 200 was the inaugural race of the new Can-Am series. Surtees would win the race, along with 2 additional victories in the series, to secure the 1966 Can-Am Championship.
Bruce McLaren driving the McLaren M6A at the 1967 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix. He would win the race, and go on to win, the 1967 Can-Am Championship. McLaren and his teammate Denny Hulme would dominate the 1967 season winning five of the six races.
Jim Hall driving the Chevrolet powered Chaparral 2G at the 1967 Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca Raceway (Hall finished in 2nd Place behind Bruce McLaren driving the M6A). Along with being a skillful driver, Jim Hall was an engineer and a leader in the innovation and design of spoilers, wings, and ground effects in racing cars.
1968 Can-Am Champion Denny Hulme driving the McLaren M8B at the 1969 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix. Hulme would win the race, and go on to win a total of 5 races during the season. His teammate, Bruce McLaren, would win six races and the 1969 Can-Am Championship.
Jackie Stewart driving the winning Lola T260 at the 1971 Mont-Tremblant 50 at Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Canada. Stewart won twice in the season that was otherwise dominated by the McLaren team. His second race win was at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course later in the season.
George Follmer driving the Porsche 917/10 at the 1972 Road America Can-Am. Follmer was substituting for Mark Donohue who was injured in a testing accident. Initially his drive was only temporary, but Follmer would go onto win 5 races during the 1972 season. He led the Penske Porsche team to the season championship, and ended five years of McLaren domination in Can-Am.