In July of 1971, Watkins Glen hosted, on the same weekend, the final race of the 1971 International Championship for Makes, the Watkins Glen 6 Hours, and round 4 of the Canadian American Challenge Cup. Since Porsche, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari had already spent the money to ship their 917Ks, T33/3s and 512Ms to the US, it was decided that the cream of the European sports car world should try their hands against the FIA Group 7 monsters of McLaren, Shadow and Lola. The result was one of most eclectic and star-studded grids in Can-Am’s history.
Rather than give you a tidy summation of events and some documentary footage of the race, Morning Qualifying presents the actual, television broadcast of the race, as it appeared on July 25, 1971, with Jeff Scott, the BBC’s Tony Moy and pit reporter Alan Sloan. So, sit back, relax, get that extra cup of coffee, close the door to you office and enjoy 90 minutes of Can-Am racing in the manner of your Barcalounging, polyester wearing, wood-panel den inhabiting hoon-fathers.