The 15-turn, 2.65-mile Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Canada held the 12th edition of the Sommet Des Legendes on July 7-10, 2016. Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) sanctions the event, and this year they joined forces with Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) to host it.
Formerly called Saint-Jovite, the Circuit Mont-Tremblant is in one of the most scenic settings of any track in North America. Located 80 miles northwest of Montreal in the Laurentian Mountains, the track is nestled next to the ski resort village of Mont Tremblant and bordered by the La Diable River. Lake Moore laps up to the paddock area. Looming above the track is the mountain that gives the village its name, with its ski runs clearly visible.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup series. The first Can-Am race was run at this track, then called Saint-Jovite, and to celebrate, Can-Am cars were featured for the Sommet des Legendes 2016. Five cars that participated in that first race were also at this year’s event, including the Lola T70 that John Surtees drove to victory.
Among other noteworthy cars were three Lotus Formula One machines, two Devins, a 1959 Rejo Mk IV and a lovely Lotus Eleven. But the star of the weekend had to be the 1954 Lancia D50A owned by Peter Giddings.
Rain affected some of the races. The fields were thinned as owners chose not to put their cars at risk. Those that did race provided a lot of interesting action. In Group Six for pre-1963 production cars, the Lotus Super Sevens ran away from the field, while the V-8 powered Devins were “equalized”, being a handful to drive.
Jim Freeman won the rained on Can-Am race in his 1967 Matich, followed by Andrew Beaumont in a 1966 McLaren M1B that was in the first Can-Am. Beaumont also drove his 1980 Lotus 81 in the very wet Group One races, which were won by James Hagan in a 1980 Tyrrell 011.
Similar to 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Sports Car Digest also documented the HMSA Sommet des Legendes 2016, with David Ferguson offering the following great selection of images from Canada’s historic Circuit Mont-Tremblant. We split up David’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.
Sommet des Legendes 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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