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The CanAm cars of the early 1970s were the absolute pinnacle of unrestricted auto racing. The only things that begin to approach the magnificence on display during those races, but which are still pale shadows, are:

1) turbo-era F1 (through the late 1980s)

2) unlimited-class air racing

3) possibly some of the later IMSA GTP offerings (through the early 90s - XJR14, Eagle Mk. III etc.)

4) MotoGP, although I'm not sure which era - some late 500cc probably



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That's one of the most interesting motorcycles I've every seen, but I agree with the prior poster - machines are meant to be used and their beauty and elegance can only be realized when they are under way.



It's almost a crime for that guy NOT to occasionally ride that thing. I understand it's a work of art, but the equivalent would be covering a Vermeer - always - and never looking at it for fear of somehow degrading the image with the exposure to light. The artistry only exists when the thing is actually moving.



I imagine that the man in the story is a relatively miserable individual.



The bike though - wow.



One wonders where that creativity is today. Ducati, the Japanese manufacturers, Triumph, Harley - there's very little innovation and a lot of refinement in today's bikes. There are some excetions in the chassis department (Honda's unit pro-link, BMW's Hossack front, and the Buell stuff), but there isn't really any engine novelty out there right now.



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I'm jealous. That must have been cool as all get out. In the mid-80s you would have had the then-dominant Porsche 962 series cars. Awesome.



I think GTP was actually the successor to CanAm, via some convoluted meanderings, and some of the tech is neat.



Nothing beats CanAm, though. 1,500HP Porsches, variable-wing McLarens - an explosion of creativity in engineering before the safetycrats sanitized everything.



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You were probably watching in the post-Porsche period, then. Porsche did well in the mid-80s with the modified 956/962; Jag, Toyota, Nissan et. al. (Cadillac?) did well in the late 80s / early '90s.



The Toyota (Dan Gurney) and the Jag were the fastest, and I believe Jag eventually pulled out or was outlawed or something.



The Jag was a 12, and it was awesome.



Just think how much more amazing the real unlimited CanAm and Interserie cars from the 1970s were, though.



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