The Can-Am®

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Can-Am®  - Written by Henry Hope-Frost.

 Take a selection of the world’s fastest and most versatile drivers, equip them with massive, purpose-built, V8-powered sports-racers, unleash them around North America’s finest road courses and see what transpires.

That’s exactly what happened in the almost-mythical and much-lamented Canadian-American Challenge Cup in the second half of the 1960s and first half of the ’70s.

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Running to motorsport’s governing body the FIA’s Group 7 regulations, featuring unlimited engine capacity and precious few other technical restrictions, Can-Am encouraged free-thinking from designers and engineers and required supreme bravery from drivers.

As a result, some outrageous machines appeared from inventive and imaginative brains at Chaparral, Lola, McLaren and Porsche. And with them came such wacky and wonderful science as 8-litre, 1000bhp engines, sophisticated, cockpit-adjustable aerodynamics and space-age materials.

With big-name aces, many of them Grand Prix heroes, on the driving strength – think John Surtees, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Denny Hulme, Bruce McLaren, Peter Gethin, Jackie Stewart, Peter Revson, George Follmer, Mark Donohue and Jackie Oliver, all of whom won races – the series was as popular as the cars were powerful.

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Having become an arms race in the early 1970s, thanks to powerhouses McLaren and Porsche creating staggeringly sophisticated machines such as the M20 and 917-30 respectively, the unsustainable formula was killed off at the end of 1974, the global oil crisis of the time not exactly helping.

Can-Am was reborn in 1977 using reworked and rebodied Formula 5000 cars from America’s defunct single-seater series. It just wasn’t the same, despite attracting plenty of top drivers, and fizzled out a decade later.

For purists, Can-Am’s true legacy remains the golden era of 1966-’74, when fabulous and frightening rocketships thundered into battle for nine ground-trembling and ear-splitting seasons.

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Omologato® are proud to announce a new Limited Edition piece dedicated to probably one of the most heroic racing series ever. 

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We have captured this epic era of unrestricted and somewhat simplistic racing with a period piece using elements and colours from the famous Can-Am race cars.

Henry loved the Can-Am® and indeed wore the prototype to most events in late 2017 up until his tragic accident on March 8th 2018. As a tribute we have added a small detail to the case backs of this watch.

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The Can-Am® is limited to 200 individually numbered pieces.


TECH SPECS : 

Case: 
Diameter: 42.0mm width - 11mm height
Material: Stainless steel
Dial Colour: Matt Dial
Movement: Japanese Quartz Chronograph
Water Resistance: 10ATM 

Glass : Flat mineral glass 

Strap: 
Width: 22mm
Material: Leather
Colour: Black Rally 


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