The Hawk at Road America 2016 with Brian Redman was held July 14-17 at the famed 4-mile, 14-turn Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Now known as The WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman presented by HAWK, this year’s historic racing event welcomed over 450 race cars ranging from pre-war entrants to the modern day cars that race in some vintage classes.
This year’s event celebrated the 50th anniversary of Can-Am racing, and over 50 of the powerful machines of the classic series showed up. These included veterans of the first Can-Am race, held on St. Jovite, Quebec in 1966 to the UOP Shadows that won the final championship of the series in 1974. In fact, for the first time ever, all six DN4 Shadows were gathered at the same place, as well as a Shadow Mk II, plus two Formula One and one Formula 5000 examples of the brand. Dave Handy, driving a 1974 Shadow DN4, won the feature race, passing pole sitter Claude Malette’s 1971 Lola T222 with a nifty move in turn five.
Also present were a dozen Corvairs, most being the Yenko Stingers that raced in the mid-sixties. They had their own race, won by Mike Levine, a very capable driver who also had the advantage of having a small block Chevy V8 where others had a rear seat. Corvairs were notorious for breaking fan belts, so it seemed fitting that after their racing was done, the drivers had a fan belt tossing contest.
Other noteworthy cars Chris MacAllister’s 1955 Jaguar D-Type along with his ex-Denny Hulme 1971 McLaren M8F. Also seen were two Formula One Lotus 79s, two Lotus 77s and a Lotus 80. There were three Benettons, two B198s and a B197, to pierce our ears with their wonderful high-revving engines. Also seen was a 1970 Alfa Romeo T33/3, a 1957 Devin, a 1958 Echidna, a 1953 Allard J2X and a 2006 Porsche RS Spyder.
For all the beautiful and sweet sounding cars, the best sight of the weekend was seeing Craig Bennett. He was badly injured at the Mitty this April, and his recovery has been impressive. He still has a ways to go, but his doctor gave him permission to drive a Shadow DN4 from the track to the town of Elkhart Lake for the Concours d’Elegance. Watching him drive off, his wife sitting next to him, might just be this great event’s greatest moment.
Similar to our 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 race coverage, Sports Car Digest also documented the Hawk at Road America Brian Redman 2016, with photographer David Ferguson offering the following images from Wisconsin. We split up David’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, while the second gallery and race winners can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all 259 photographs.
Hawk at Road America 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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