Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Do you remember when ‘NO RULES’ ruled racing?

Whether you do or wish you did, the SCCA Can-Am Series reporter-photographer Pete Lyons can bring it all to life on your wall throughout next year.

"The latest in Lyons’ series of bold, big, beautiful celebrations of the days of unrestricted machines and equally unchained personalities, his VELOCITY 2017 CAN-AM CALENDAR with Octane Press looks back 50 years to the grand opening of the ‘Bruce & Denny Show’ in 1967.

1967 is the year that a couple of quiet Kiwi racers and their tiny team of multinational talents tore apart unlimited sports car racing and rebuilt it in their own image. In a mere six races, Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme transformed our understanding of how to succeed in North American professional road racing.

 Jumbo-sized like the old Can-Am series itself, Lyons’s limited edition calendar is a 17-inchwide premium display piece that opens to over 23 inches tall. It presents 24 period photographs made in-the-day and on-the-spot by award-winning writer-shooter Pete Lyons, who is author of three books about that unforgettable ‘unlimited’ SCCA racing championship that ran from 1966 to 1974.

Most of his photos are new to this sequence of annual calendars, which Lyons launched in 2011, and he has written detailed, informative captions for each month. Included are the dates, tracks and winners of the six 1967 races, along with the top three drivers in that year’s championship.

Published in partnership with Octane Press and designed by Tom Heffron, Pete Lyons’ VELOCITY 2017 CAN-AM CALENDAR is a premium piece that is printed in limited numbers. Calendars are expected to be ready to ship in September 2016, with the regular price of $29.99 each.  

For a limited time, Pete is offering his special new 2017 VELOCITY CAN-AM Calendar at a special discount — $5 off for Pre-Orders placed by the last day of August 2016. Through August 31 Lyons is offering Early Bird buyers a discounted price of $24.99 (plus shipping and handling and Calif. tax if applicable) for pre-orders placed through his website,

 “I personally sign every calendar purchased from me,” notes Lyons, “and I’m always happy to add special holiday greetings or gift messages that people like to request.”

Information and photos for this article were provided by Doug Stokes of Stokes Communications  and Pete Lyons

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