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Although most of the racing I report on is done a quarter mile at a time (both boats and cars), I really enjoy all forms of racing. So when I looked at my schedule of events and saw that I had an open weekend, I decided to check out the HSR race at Auto Club Speedway’s road course in Fontana, Calif., which consists of portions of the big oval and the infield road course.

I had attended one of these races a few years ago when the Shelby American Club ran in conjunction with this event and figured why not spend some time checking out the vintage racecars from the past. When I saw that Can-Am, one of my favorite road racing classes ever run, was the featured class, I thought about some of those great racers who raced in that series who are no longer with us, such as the first champion in 1966, John Surtees, Peter Revson, Dennis Hulme, Mark Donohue, Bruce McLaren, or Swede Savage. Of course, along with those are many still with us, like Roger Penske, Brian Redman and George Follmer.

I took a friend from next door who used to cover the Long Beach Grand Prix but had not picked up a camera in years. We got an early start and walked the race course and we each went in different directions after I gave him one of my Canon digital cameras, gave him a brief idea on how to set the f stops and shutter speeds, etc. We met up for lunch and walked around the garage area.

There were plenty of interesting cars to look at as the cars from the past such as Marches, Lolas, McLares and IRL and CART racers along with some fantastic BMWs, Datsun 510 sedans, Shelby Mustangs and other one-of-a-kind racecars from the past. They were being raced, not sitting in some guy’s museum and never getting seen in public.

I got to meet some interesting guys and gals, one being a Long Beach judge who was racing a one-off Can-Am Shelby Ford that was purchased from Carroll Shelby as a tub and was powered by a Shelby-constructed 427 Ford block and heads built at Shelby’s Torrance, Calif., manufacturing plant. It was the only Ford-powered Can-Am racer, as the rest were all Chevrolet powered.

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