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Ah, the old Chaparral sucker car. Jim Hall was a great innovator. Probably the father of aero aids for down force. Roger you can blame him for introducing wings to cars.

For me his early can am cars looked gorgeous, more so than the GT40s, Lolas and Mclarens he raced against. Only the Ferraris of the period looked as good, I reckon.

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Ah, the old Chaparral sucker car. Jim Hall was a great innovator. Probably the father of aero aids for down force. Roger you can blame him for introducing wings to cars.

For me his early can am cars looked gorgeous, more so than the GT40s, Lolas and Mclarens he raced against. Only the Ferraris of the period looked as good, I reckon.

The Chaparral can am cars were all made possible by General Motors who used Chaparral as a "backdoor" racing operation when the corporation had an official no racing policy in the 60s/70s.

Bodywork was mostly styled in GMs Studio X , some by Larry Shinoda/Tony Lapine under Bill Mitchell, automatic transmissions by GMs Hydromatic division and engines by GM Engineerings powertrain dept.

The then unique "snowflake" magnesium wheel design the cars used was also done in GM.

Hall also capitolised on GMs them advanced data aquisition equipment out at the desert proving grounds at Mesa Arizona to figure out the handling of the cars.

Although Jim Hall was undoubtedly clever, his association with General Motors made it all possible IMO.

Heres a nice video of the 2E on GM's styling patio in the tech center ,Warren Michigan.

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If you want to hear the two Chaparals that were at Goodwood this summer, here's a small video made while they were on their way onto the track. And they are followed by some more historic machinery :-)

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