The lack of competition in the 1973 SCCA Can-Am series clearly heralded its imminent demise. “All Porsche, all the time. And most of the time, just one Porsche … Not a compelling story,” penned “Fast Lines” columnist Pete Lyons in the latest issue of Vintage Motorsport magazine. (Be sure to check out Lyons’ latest calendar if you haven’t already.)
While the Penske Porsche 917/30 driven by Mark Donohue—the “just one Porsche”—utterly dominated the ’73 Can-Am and so helped pull down the curtain on a series struggling anyway amidst a global Energy Crisis, it was an awe-inspiring machine with a prominent position on the Top 10 Most Brutal and Spectacular Race Cars of all time list.
And it’s that Penske/Donohue Porsche that gets much of the focus in an August 2018 YouTube post (by “HODIUSDUDE”) entitled “Search – The Anatomy of Auto Racing (1973)”
The 31m film—”from the SpeedVision vault,” it claims—is intro’d by now retired and much-missed former Speedvision “Wind Tunnel” host Dave Despain whose insight sets up “Search”, a film that “examines the team aspect of auto racing by looking at opposite extremes, one end being Penske Racing operating on a multi-million dollar platform across several series (Indy car, Can-Am, NASCAR, F5000 and sports cars) and Jon Farbman’s effort to field an SCCA H Production class Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite.”
As Despain so accurately posits in his intro, the 917/30 footage alone is worthy of your viewing time.
Here’s the link. Enjoy!