Recreate the spectacle of curvaceous cars with outrageous horsepower that was the 1966 to 1974 Canadian-American Racing Series. A virtually unlimited race series, the cars had to have two seats and covered bodywork and that was the extent of the rules. No limit on engines; no weight minimum. It’s hard to imagine such a series in the rigidly controlled world of motorsports today. Technology was pushed to the limit, as aerodynamics became more important; engine size and horsepower rose dramatically; tires got wider and wider (and some front wheels and tires got tiny). Innovation abounded; some of it worked, some did not. Basically run in the off season, the series attracted the best drivers in the world.
The vast majority of Can-Am cars were open roadsters but a few coupes did run in a limited number of races, including the Lola T70 coupe, Porsche 917, and at least one Ford GT40. In the spirit of the original, the Austin Slot Car Club Can-Am series will also be open. Since fantasy liveries are allowed, a car with, say, LeMans livery, would be allowed, as long as it was a model that ran in the Can-Am and is configured as raced there (not a long-tail version, different wing, etc.). Modifications to an existing car, such as modifying a Ferrari P4 to make a 350P Spyder Can-Am car, will be allowed.
For a listing of eligible available slot cars, please see the attached file below.
I’m sure this list is not complete, but it should be a pretty good starting point. Most of the information about available slot cars was gathered from the usual on-line vendors or Ebay. All of the cars listed started as least on Can-Am race. In most cases I listed the car model as it was listed on the entry sheet. Sometimes a car with a particular designation raced with different configurations or bodywork. Cars evolved race to race. Some cars may need additional work to replicate a car that ran in the Can-Am. If you are uncertain about a particular car’s eligibility, please contact me before purchasing. Also, some of the models listed are body kits and will need chassis.
Entrance fee per race is $5 for ASCC members and $10 for non-members.
Body & Chassis
- Any 1/32 injection molded plastic or resin body may be used. Any plastic or resin slot car chassis may be used. Chassis may be modified, braced, reinforced or strengthened. Body screws should be taped to prevent loss.
- Guide may not project beyond the body when aligned for straight, as viewed from directly above.
- Cars must have sufficient ground clearance to permit free running without contacting track. Cars which drag on the track may be excluded at the track owners’ discretion.
- Clear window material must be used where the real car has clear material.
- Racing numbers must be visible in three places on body. Racing numbers must match. Bodies may be painted in fantasy or realistic liveries. Non-decorated cars (for example plain white kits) are not allowed.
- Interior must include, at minimum, dashboard top. Rear shelf is required under rear window, if car has a rear window. Driver figure must be included. If vacuum formed, must be of reasonable detail and proportion. Champion style and paper drivers are not permitted.
- Maximum weight limit is 105 Gm.
Wheels and Tires
- Tires may not project beyond the body when the car is at rest on a level track, as viewed from directly above.
- Reasonable scale appearing inserts are required in all wheels, unless the wheels have scale appearance and detail. Blank disc wheels, and wheels pierced with simple holes, must be covered with inserts.
- Tires may be of any rubber/urethane compound. Silicon tires are expressly forbidden.
- Minimum front tire width is 8mm. Tires must have correct scale appearance. Slot.It Low Profile Zero Grips (SIPT-015) tires, and others of that size are prohibited, due to non-scale appearance. Clear finish may be applied to tire tread area.
- Minimum rear tire width is 8mm; minimum rear tire diameter is 15mm. No chemical treatment (such as oil soaking) is permitted.
- Any commercially available sealed-can slot car motor that produces less than 30K rpm at 12 Volts is allowed. No rewinds or “mod motors” allowed.
- Magnetic down force from motor may not exceed 30 grams as checked with a Magnet Marshal, exclusive of car weight.
- Motor can be glued/taped/screwed in place. Pods can be taped or glued to restrict movement.
- No non-stock capacitors or other power storage devices will be allowed.
- Wheels, tires, gears, axles, guides, braids, wires, and bearings may be modified or replaced by any manufacturer’s parts. All-wheel drive, and multiple motors, may be used only if the actual car used them.
- Weight/ballast can be added to the car but must be contained on the inside of the body.
- Spring and magnetic suspension packages are allowed.
- No traction magnets allowed.
- Bushings can be glued into place.
- Slot Car Corner’s adjustable front axle mounts can be installed.
- B-Nova guide and motor adapters can be installed.
In the spirit of the original “unlimited” Can-Am series, innovation and experimentation will be allowed. If it is not specifically disallowed, consider it fair game.