With Surtees at the wheel, the Chaparral 2H lifts its left front wheel off of the tarmac at Laguna Seca. Some believe that the DeDion rear axle/suspension was the biggest contributor to the 2H's handling issues.

John Surtees in the Chaparral "White Whale" at Laguna Seca, Can-Am, Photo: GP Library

This great shot was taken by Dave Friedman. This is the 1967 2G as originally raced. Really an upgrade of the 2E, the new car introduced flatter sides, revised radiator inlets, a increase in the wing's chord, and a low air box feeding the new 427 Chevy.

Jim Hall - Chaparral Chevrolet - Chaparral Cars - Full International Can-Am Road America - Can-Am Road America - 1967 Canadian-American Challenge Cup, round 1

Jim Hall drives the Chapparal in the Can-Am Challenge Cup in Riverside, Calif., in 1968  Photo by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

Jim Hall Chaparral 1968 Can-Am Challenge Cup Riverside, California.

1965 Chaparral 2

On the 50th anniversary of its soggy victory, the Chaparra

Chevrolet brings Jim Hall’s Chaparral race cars to a

Chaparral 2G, Las Vegas, 1968.  copyright by: Ron Christensen

Race Recap:Round 6 1968 Season Event: Stardust Grand Prix Track: Stardust International Raceway # 66 Jim Hall Chaparral Chevrolet Chaparral Cars, Inc.

Momento histórico: a vitória nos 1000 km de Nürburgring de 1966 em pleno Nordscheleife, com Joakim Bonnier e Phil Hill no lendário Chaparral 2D

Chaparral Winner 1966 Nurburgring 1000 Km, Drivers: Jo Bonnier / Phil Hill.

#4 Chaparral Le Mans 1967

chaparral racecar with adjustable wing

Hap Sharp at the controls of Chaparral 2E-001 during the 1966 Nassau Trophy race. Sharp won pole, but could not start the engine on the LeMans type start. He was the last car away, nearly a lap down. Yet, he had worked his way up to third when a wing failure sent the 2E off track, broadside into a tree. The Chaparral was wrecked beyond repair, but sharp was uninjured. Despite the crash, he was still classified 4th overall based upon laps completed. della Faille photo, repaired and restored.

Hap Sharp at the controls of Chaparral 2E-001 during the 1966 Nassau Trophy race. Sharp won pole, but could not start the engine on the LeMans type start. He was the last car away, nearly a lap down. Yet, he had worked his way up to third when a wing failure sent the 2E off track, broadside into a tree. The Chaparral was wrecked beyond repair, but sharp was uninjured. Despite the crash, he was still classified 4th overall based upon laps completed. della Faille photo, repaired and restored.

Sports racers were growing in popularity by the mid-1960s. The Group 7  sports racers were the Big Boys. They had very few technical restrictions.  No homologation requirements. Engine capacity was unrestricted. Forced  induction was allowed. No aerodynamic restrictions, for all intents and  purposes. It was essentially a free-for-all. Group Seven became the  foundation for the SCCA Can-Am series, inaugurated in 1966. The series was  named Can-Am because of it's two races in Canada and four…

The 1966 Chaparral 2E

The 1966 Chaparral — 95 Customs

John Surtees in the Chaparral 2H at Riverside, 1969. The car qualified mid-pack and blew up its engine after just four laps. Photographer is unknown.

John Surtees in the Chaparral at Riverside, The car qualified mid-pack and blew up its engine after just four laps.

From Dan Samson‎Chaparral, the Roadrunners from Midland Texas

Sports car racing - photo gallery of Chaparral - Photo Gallery (page

Jim Hall - Chaparral 2G, Bridgehampton 1968

Bridgehampton, 1968 – Jim Hall lleva a la segunda plaza su Chaparral

Jim Hall 1967 version of Chaparral 2D Sebring

Jim Hall 1967 version of Chaparral Sebring

Les fabuleuses Chaparral The fabulous Chaparral race cars

Les fabuleuses Chaparral The fabulous Chaparral race cars

Jim Hall in the big block Chaparral 2G - Elkhart Lake Can Am 1967

Jim Hall in the big block Chaparral - Elkhart Lake Can Am 1967

Jim Hall and his Chaparrals at 2005 Monterey Historic

Chaparral: The man and his machines - 2005 Monterey Historic Automobile Races

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