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From the Motor Sport Archive
The Canadian-American Challenge Cup Series entered its fifth year with the death of Bruce McLaren and the hundreds of friends he made in North America deeply mourning his passing. But although McLaren has died, the team he built, continues and once again were favourites when the 1970 Can-Am Series opened at the Mosport circuit near Toronto. Among the reasons for optimism were the recruitment of Gurney to the team for the remainder of the series and also for Grands Prix. The new works M8D chassis is almost identical to last year's M8B but with increased fuel tankage for the thirstier 7.5-litre Chevrolet engine. The suspension is revised with a 4 in. wider track and new body with low wing mounted between the fins on the rear section. Since McLaren's.accident, which may have been caused by loosening of the rear body as a result of high pressure on the wing, this has been braced by vertical struts. Other new cars included a Lola 220 for Peter Revson, a BRM for George Eaton and an AVS Shadow for George Follmer. The Lola chassis extends to the rear of the 7.6-litre Chevrolet engine but the engine also acts as a stressed member. The wheelbase is shortened and the track widened as much a six inches compared with the 1969 T163. The suspension is fairly standard at the front but at the back has a single top link, semi-trailing lower wishbone and only a single radius rod running to the rear of the transmission.