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CAN AM The Speed Odyssey

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CAN AM THE SPEED ODYSSEY takes you on the wildest ride in road racing. 1966 - 1973 CAN AM Challenge Cup: The quintessential epic adventure in an era of change and discovery where heroic star drivers McLaren, Hulme, Stewart, Andretti, Surtees, Donohue, Gurney, Hall, Follmer, Revson, Oliver, Scheckter and others from Formula One and around the world revel in their brutally fast CAN AM machines, battling on the daunting race tracks across the USA and Canada.
A ROAD RACING COUNTER-CULTURE: Unique to the world, the CAN AM rule book had virtually no technical restrictions, allowing its race car designers the freedom to innovate. Here we discover the worlds first radical inventions of wings on race cars, sophisticated ground effect aerodynamics, and to this day the worlds most powerful road racer, the Porsche 917-30. These iconic CAN AM machines and their brave drivers pushed the limits and sometimes beyond...
CAN AM legends JIM HALL and SAM POSEY take you inside this spectacle of pure speed, fierce race competition, radical innovation, intrigue and ground shaking sounds.
CAN AM THE SPEED ODYSSEY is crafted exclusively from rare CAN AM color motion picture archival footage.

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CAN AM The Speed Odyssey
...tour de force...Spectacular...my highest rating...five out of five
an extraordinary value....Nostalgia never looked and sounded so good --SPEED TV Gregg Leary
Spellbinding throughout... --AUTOSPORT - Henry Hope-Frost
Terrific from start to finish... --MOTORSPORT - Gordon Cruickshank
Brilliant!... CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR - --Mick Walsh --MOTORSPORT - Gordon Cruickshank

CAN AM The Speed Odyssey
Spellbinding throughout... --AUTOSPORT - Henry Hope-Frost --AUTOSPORT - Henry Hope-Frost

CAN AM The Speed Odyssey
Terrific from start to finish... --MOTORSPORT - Gordon Cruickshank --MOTORSPORT - Gordon Cruickshank

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce McLaren, Jim Hall
  • Directors: Robert Nevison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Ardennes Productions
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BXM1L6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By B. Martin on September 26, 2008
Format: DVD
Sam Posey takes you on an adventure of the Canadian-American series know as Can-Am.
Unlimited bore engines, the first winged race cars, first ground effects, lap times better than Grand Prix cars,.. not to mention the most powerful road race car ever built...917/30KL
This is Can-Am racing

Putting it to words the memories this has brought back is impossible.

I'm very fortunate to have grown up just outside Road America (my first race was around 1970)..its minutes from my back door.
To see Road America back in the day, without guard rails, is almost hard to believe.
All the tracks back then were raw and untamed, fitting for the Can-Am beasts.

Regardless of the type of racing that turns your crank,
Can-Am 'The Speed Odyssey' is a must have.

Go ahead,..TURN IT UP!!!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By allesandro ferramonte on September 12, 2008
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This dvd does an excellent job of recreating the ambience of the classic late 60's/early 70's Can-Am....especially as the sounds have been sucessfully synchronized with the video imagery. Sam's narration is erudite as ever..we even get some commentary from Jim Hall. The story is told pretty straightforwardly and some tangential details have been omitted...overall a good job and it will certainly jog the memories of those who were there! We also get to lap long defunct great racetracks such as Riverside and Bridgehampton.....as close as possible to a Can-Am time machine....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Lee on March 7, 2009
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The Can-Am 0f the '70's was astounding!! No formula today even approaches where these guys were. If you have found memories of this series or think that F1 and NASCAR of today are real racing, you should buy this CD!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason F. on February 9, 2009
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This DVD far exceeded my expectations in every category. Not only do you get a good glimpse and intorduction to the ground-breaking CAN-AM series and it's regular drivers, but also some amazing footage of still-operating race tracks across North America!

For those not knowledgeable of the CAN-AM series, this is a great way to get accustomed to it. All the still-pics and specs don't quite give you the sensation of seeing and hearing a CAN-AM car come racing down the Mario Andretti Straight at Mont-Tremblant, or handling the Esses at Road Atlanta or the gone-but-not-forgotten Riverside Int. Raceway.

This is a great film, using only real footage, no recreations, minimal dialogue and superior 5.1 sound. It starts from CAN-AM's beginnings thru to the next-to-last season and is narrated by some of CAN-AM's regular drivers, who do an astounding job with very little voice-over, on explaining the technology and innovation that made the series ground-breaking and unique. It also kind of gives you a sadness on it's demise as well, as this series was a one-of-a-kind that will likely not be available again because of the aggressive nature and danger that this racing provided at the time.

BUY IT! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Litkey on June 8, 2009
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As mentioned, the great vintage race footage of these beasts is worth the purchase alone. Great coverage of the early years, but I must agree,the later years are sparsely looked at. Possibly this should have been a two part series. Narration is good but lacks depth or technical insight to any degree.
All in all, a great quality piece, crisp vintage footage and great sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve on February 8, 2009
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If one is intersested in the historical signifigance of Can-Am racing in the 60', this is the only video capturing it. And going forward ,in this change to America, will probably be the only one ever. Get it while you can.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. W. Gruschow Jr. on December 12, 2008
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This video does a great job of bringing the golden years of Can Am racing. Naration is key to getting the feel of what is was like.
I took my sons to the races when they were little. Now grown they remarked how all the great moments were brought back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Racer Hex on September 10, 2009
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I agree with most of the other reviews here - this is easily worth the purchase just for the audio. There is one particular sequence with a steady cam shot where you get a few of the different cars roaring past, slight variations but all enormous and powerful and each introduced by Sam Posey... they showed this bit during an F1 race last year and that alone sold me. The other thing I really enjoyed was the movable rear wing on the Chaparral 2F, so cool seeing it dip for braking/cornering and then flatten for the straights. Of course seeing the old tracks is great as well, and I really enjoyed the footage with Bruce McLaren and all the other greats. I wasn't around when all this was actually happening so I am extremely grateful to have this dvd to experience it to some degree.
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