History or Lack of at Speedvision
by John Krill
Cam-Am does have
a history and it is recorded on film. Hopefully that
film is being well taken care of. My question for
Speedvision is: Why haven't you shown any of it?
January 6, 2004: In the Fall of 2002 CanAm-at-LagunaSeca
was asked to help in locating the film that was shot during the
years of the Can-Am. He informed us that he believed that there
was a 30 minute film for each of the Can-Am races in 1966, 1967
and 1968 with a one hour film for the entire 11 race 1969 Can-Am
season. He thinks that 1969 was the last year that Triangle made
So who produced these films and where are
When Rand Miller of the Bruce McLaren
Trust contacted us about searching for the films he stated
that the only information he had it that they may have been produced
by Triangle Films.
Through my own searching I learned that
Triangle Films was owned by Triangle Publications. Another of
their properties was TV Guide.
sales Triangle Films became part of News Corp. I
contacted their Marketing VP, Mr. Andrew Butcher, who let me know
"Triangle Films was part
of the TV Guide group, which our company bought and then
merged to form Gemstar-TV Guide International. It is
now a separate company."
I gave this information to Rand Miller
and that's where it stood until now.
I recently sent an e-mail to Mr. Miller
and asked him how his hunt for the Can-Am films was going and
got this reply back from him. It has been edited by CanAm-at-LagunaSeca
but the important stuff is here.
I did have some success with locating
some CanAm films but not due to my actual efforts! Anatoly Arutunoff
does have two full length CanAms that would be truly great to
see. These were made and broadcast for ABC-TV in 1971. They
are the 71 Glen and 71 Road Atlanta Can-Ams. According to Anatoly,
Speed TV has offered a riduclously low sum for these films,
and Anatoly has kept them to himself, waiting on someone to
offer a reasonable price. I think many or most of the famous
and truly great Triangle films are tied up in the same way although
I have heard from several sources that they are owned by the
Australian parent company of Fox. Somehow, the story goes, they
refuse to give them up, even to a company that is one of their
subsidiaries! On the positive side, I found a guy on EBay who
offers videotapes of some good CanAms and pre-CanAm sports car
events of the 60s. These are mostly taken from ESPN2 broadcasts
of the 60s films done during the 1980s. The narrator, Dave DeSpain,
now of Speed TV, says these films are locked up tight and he
does not have much hope for sales or broadcast. For me, the
best ones this EBay guy has are the 67 Elkhart Lake and 66 Las
Vegas (both Triangle) and Riverside (ABC-TV) races, and there
is some material from Speed TV (like a short bit on the 69 Glen
CanAm). However, much more footage exists than anyone is willing
to part with. Speed TV did a special on Jackie Stewart and this
show featured some great but very brief footage from the 71
Laguna Seca race. I have also heard that Speed TV considers
the broadcast of these films to be unprofitable. I am not sure.
I think video/DVD sales might be brisk!
So here we are with all this material on
the Can-Am series that no one will give up or no one is willing
to pay for. How do we get over this hurdle?
I have a very strong suspicion that the
folks at SpeedVision know where all the film is. The problem is
they feel there is no interest is Can-Am and therefore no profit.
This coming from a company that shows cartoons to fill air time.
Solution: Flood the company with
e-mails. The only e-mail address I could find at SpeedTV.com was
for Dave Despain
of Wind Tunnel. If you know of any other please let me
know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The only other option I have is to use
the SpeedTV.com feedback
Let them know you are a BIG Can-Am fan
and want to see some documentaries about the series.