Papaya domination

16. Nov 2021 
by Ziv Knoll

Team McLaren dominated the 1970 Can-Am season, that had started a few days only after the death (while testing at Goodwood) of defending champion Bruce McLaren, by winning nine out of ten races.

For 1971, a new model, the M8F was built for Denny Hulme, the reigning champion, and his teammate Peter Revson (picture above). These aluminium monocoques were light and the engines very powerful. The 7L Chevrolet fitted behind the driver produced over 740 horsepower, and the championship was very popular in North-America.

Peter Revson dominated the 1971 season, with 5 victories to 3 for his Kiwi teammate Hulme. He is pictured here-above on his way to victory at Watkins Glen.

Final championship standings of the 1971 season:

  1. Peter Revson, McLaren M8F : 142 pts
  2. Denny Hulme, McLaren M8F : 132 pts
  3. Jackie Stewart, Haas Lola T260 : 76 pts
  4. Jo Siffert, STP-Porsche 917/10 : 68 pts.
Source: DR

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