Raw power and few, if any, driver aids – that is what made Can-Am race cars and Group C LeMans cars so awesome back in their day.
You may be too young to have been lucky enough to attend any races back then, but fortunately many of these fabulous cars have survived.
This year, the UK's Goodwood Festival of Speed will celebrate these significant sports cars as it marks two key anniversaries.
Forty years ago Can-Am racing was at its peak in America with a battle for supremacy between McLaren, Porsche, Shadow and Lola. On the other side of the pond less powerful, but still spectacular, cars from Ferrari, Matra and Alfa Romeo competed against each other.
A special class at the 2012 Festival of Speed will bring these cars together, providing a unique opportunity to witness some of the most exciting sports racing prototypes of all time in no-holds-barred action.
A decade later in 1982, the Group C era began and it went on to become one of the most competitive in sports car racing history, with an unprecedented number of factory teams. This summer's Festival of Speed will celebrate 30 years since the launch of Group C, with a dedicated class including cars from Porsche, Jaguar, Mercedes, Toyota, Nissan, Aston Martin, Lancia and Peugeot.
Full details of the sports car racers and driver line-up due to appear at Goodwood will be revealed over the coming months. We can't think of a much better way to spend a few days (June 28 – July 1, 2012) than watching these cars storm up the famous Goodwood Hill. Tickets and further information for the 2012 Festival of Speed can be found on the .