Report and photos by Dennis Gray
The Sommet des Legendes historic car races were held July 11-14, 2013 at Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada. Under sunny and warm conditions, the strong field of more than 120 historic race cars battled on the 2.65-mile, 15-turn road course set amidst the scenic Laurentian Mountains.
The Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) event celebrated the fearsome cars and great drivers from the Can-Am Championship. The first Can-Am race took place at Mont-Tremblant (formerly known as St. Jovite) back in 1966 and the winner was John Surtees, the man who would become that year’s Can-Am champion. The Lola T70 Spyder that Surtees raced that day competed at this year’s event along with a host of other great cars from the series. Racing great, and 1972 Can-Am series champion, George Follmer was a fitting Grand Marshal for this year’s race.
In addition to the thundering Can-Am racers, the 2013 HMSA Sommet des Legendes also featured a gathering of Bugatti Grand Prix cars for a race that kicked off a week-long Bugatti holiday in the Mont-Tremblant area. Notable entrants included the ex-John Surtees 1967 Lola T70 of Robert Blains; Andrew Cannon’s 1956 Maserati 250S and 1975 BMW CSL 3.5; BMW M1 Procars of Henry Schmitt and Markus Glarner; 1967 Porsche 910 of Thor Johnson; Michael Malone’s 1968 Porsche 908; 1968 McLaren M6B of Robert Ryan; Jack Boxstrom’s Chaparral Mk1; 1953 Maserati 250F of Peter Giddings; Nathanael Green’s 1925 Bugatti Type 35; 1927 Bugatti Type 35B of Denis Bigioni; Tom Clifford’s 1929 Bugatti Type 37A; Steven Read’s Ferrari 312PB and the Sparling Ferrari Special of John Goodman.
The light-blue 1972 McLaren M8F of Rick Knoop was raced in the 1973 Can-Am season by Danny Hopkins for the Commander Motor Homes team, with fifth place at Mid-Ohio as their best finish. Hopkins wrecked the car at Edmonton. Rick’s father Fred bought the M8F and would later vintage race it. Rick Knoop, along with his business partner Jim Busby, rebuilt his dad’s McLaren M8F to a period correct car and runs the car much as his Dad did in the day.
Senior Photographer Dennis Gray documented the 2013 HMSA Sommet des Legendes at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, offering the following gallery that highlights this year’s event. We split up Dennis’ 150 pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of our website, while the second gallery (and race winners) can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.