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September 21, 1969 - Image 13

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Sunday Septem


Bruce McLaren and Denis Hulme are aboard all-new McLaren 8B
sports-racers, powered by 427 cubic inch, fuel-injected Chevrolet
McLaren identified Ferrari of Italy as his greatest threat. Scattered
information indicates Chris Amon's new 12-cylinder Ferrari 612 sports-
racer has been improved considerably since its brief debut.

Chaparral Cars of Midland, Texas is likely to feature a European
flair this season. Former world Formula-1 champion John Surtees
reportedly will pilot a new Chaparral 2H. Chaparral builder Jim Hall
hopes to compete in part of this season's competition.
A closely contested series with a major emphasis placed on staying-
power, is the prediction.

One American team expected at MIS with car and engine really
ready for action is the duet of former driver Roger Penske who now
prepares and enters cars for Mark Donohue. They'll have a fuel-
injected 427 cubic inch Chevolet-powered Lola sports-racer, designed
and built in Great Britain by Eric Broadley. Donohue will have a
slight edge over other competitors in the MIS Can-Am race, having
competed on the roller-coaster course in the May 11th Wolverine
Trans-Am for sports-sedans.
America's pre-eminent international driver, Dan Gurney of Santa
Ana, Calif., will also field a Lola - but powered by a Ford engine.
Gurney's car may be the only one in the series using a Ford power-
plant; it was specially modified by his firm, All American Racers and
is sponsored by the Detroit based Olsonite Div.
Several other Lola models will be entered but the common choice
of cars will again be the McLaren, developed by New Zealander
Bruce McLaren. He and his teammate Denis Hulme have dominated
the Can-Am series over the past two seasons.
Among the regular drivers on the road racing circuit are: John
Cannon, Lothar Motschenbacher, George Eaton, Jerry Titus, Peter
Revson, George Follmer, Chuck Parsons and Skip Scott.

Palatine, Ill. The car is powered by a
Oldsmobile engine.
Except for the lone Olds and Ford en
the power for most of the Can-Am cars
Stirling Moss said, "The one common
and Canadian drivers together is their
Johnson Wax floatile sculpture-trophy -
champion - back home. Of course, alc
healthy share of the million dollars in a
That's also a factor."
Qualifying and $
Saturday, Sei
a.m. to 4:,
Admission $2.t

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pp 188.

Several new cars are expected to appear in the series.
prominent among them is the Armco-McKee built by Bob

The most
McKee of


Three definite factors make the September 28th Michigan Interna-
tional Canadian-American Challenge Cup 200-mile road race a must
on the racing enthusiasts' calendar.
The event is the fourth from the last race on the series schedule and
it could be a deciding factor in point standings.
The MIS course is probably one of the toughest and most competitive
on the circuit, and it will be a new experience for a majority of the

drivers competing on the course for the first time.
The most enticing incentive is the $60,000 purse, largest of the
1969 series.
The affair will be the debut in this area of the powerful, unlimited
special Group-7 sports-racing cars, capable of 200 mph. It also is the
first appearance locally of some of the world's top-ranked international



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