conceptcarz.com
Frissbee Gallery

1981 Frissbee GB-2

Share on:

1981 Frissbee GB-2 1981 Frissbee GB-2 1981 Frissbee GB-2 The Canadian-American Challenge Cup ran from 1966 through 1974. It was an SCCA sanctioned set of races that was virtually wide-open in regards to rules, with high horsepower vehicles and futuristic looking aerodynamics. Years later, the series was revived and ran from 1977 through 1987. It was not as open or expensive as the first series, but it did attract plenty of Formula One stars, such as Unser, Rahal, Sullivan, Holbert, Villeneuve, Ickx, Tambay, Jones, and Brabham. The garages were filled with names such as Haas, Lola, VDS, March, Dykstra, and Frissbee.

This particular vehicle is a Frissbee GB-2 Can-Am car with chassis number 2. It was given an entirely new chassis designed by Trevor Harris, whose resume included working on the AVS-Shadow Can-Am car. The chassis was built by fabricator Jack Smith using 2024 aluminum and 4130 steel. Much of the work centered on improving torsional rigidity and the car's aerodynamics. Harris's design also included a unique reverse front underwing that increased downforce and helped stabilize the handling.

Mounted mid-ship was a 5-liter Chevy engine built by Ryan Falconer Racing Engines. The completed car was sold to Rocky Moran's American Spirit Racing in June 1981. Its first outing was at the Valvoline Can-Am Ohio on June 28, 1981, marking the first time a full Frissbee made the grid. Moran qualified fourth and was able to finish the race with a very impressive third-place. In early July, he earned another third-place finish at the Glen Six Hours of Endurance. He DNF'ed at Road America on July 26, and, in his final race with the car that season, on August 16th, he took third at Edmonton's Can-Am round.

The car was sold to Gavin Brown Racing in September and given to Danny Sullivan to drive. Sullivan's first outing with #2 was at Riverside on October 4, 1981, and he qualified in 6th, but DNF'ed due to an electrical problem. He then raced the car at Laguna Seca in November and started 2nd on the grid.

The next round of the Can-Am was in Las Vegas, less than a week away. Mechanics Dave White and Paul Zigowski worked diligently to fit a new Chaparral engine into the car before qualifying. With the new engine, Sullivan qualified on the top spot of the grid and led all 38 laps of the race. Sullivan's impressive

At the end of the season, Chassis #2 was sold back to Moran, who entered it once during the 1982 season, at Road Atlanta in May. It started fourth on the grid and unfortunately was crashed by Moran on the rain-soaked first lap of the race. #2's career with American Spirit Racing was over.

The car was sold to Paul Newman's racing team in June, as a back-up car for Sullivan, who had moved to the Newman/Budweiser team for the season. It is believed that the car was never raced for Newman.

The car's next owner was Rob Woltring, who raced it in a few Can-Am rounds in the 1982-83 seasons. Ownership then passed to former race driver Brian Goellnicht, who had been storing the unassembled tub, bodywork, engine, and boxes of parts at Toby Bean's shop in Norcross, Georgia. The car's next owner was Steve Simpson. A restoration on the car was completed in August of 1998.

Currently, the car is fitted with a Ted Wenz built 5-liter unit of Savannah Race Engineering and has competed in six race events with the motor. The 5-liter Chevy engine has Lucas-McKay fuel injection and produces 540 horsepower. There is a Hewland DG-300 five-speed transmission and AP-Lockheed ventilated disc brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016
Can-Am Vehicles

Frissbee



Related Automotive News

Storied Heritage Meets Nissan Intelligent Mobility Future At Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Storied Heritage Meets Nissan Intelligent Mobility Future At Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Nissan becomes first Japanese car company honored as featured marque during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca More than 50 vintage Nissan and Datsun racecars help celebrate fans brand passion Nissan Form...
Nissan Racing History to be Celebrated as Featured Marque at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Nissan Racing History to be Celebrated as Featured Marque at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

First Time Nissan is Named Featured Marque at Renowned Event MONTEREY, Calif., February 26, 2018 — On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of corporate involvement in motorsports that continues today, Nissan has been named the featured...
TIME STANDS STILL BUT THE RACE CARS DON'T AT ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION

TIME STANDS STILL BUT THE RACE CARS DON'T AT ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION

MONTEREY, Calif., July 27, 2016 — The stacked intake pipes tell a unique story of innovation, unyielding power and a time when the only rules of racing were essentially the limits of men and womens imaginations. The original Can-Am era of...
ROAD AMERICA HOSTS THE 50th ANNUAL SCCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUNOFFS ONE LAST TIME

ROAD AMERICA HOSTS THE 50th ANNUAL SCCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUNOFFS ONE LAST TIME

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Sept. 12, 2013 - Road racing champions will be crowned next week at Road America as drivers from around the country participate in the 50th running of the pinnacle amateur road-racing event in the U.S., the Sports Car Club...
THE VIPER GTS-R IS BACK IN 2012

THE VIPER GTS-R IS BACK IN 2012

Two identical SRT Viper GTS-R race cars will compete in this weekends American Le Mans Series event at the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit. The driver lineup for Petit Le Mans Tommy Kendall and Marc Goossens will be joined by Jonathan Bomarito in...