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Canepa is well known in the racing scene having raced almost everything in his career starting with sports
cars in Daytona and the IMSA to dirt track and the famous Pikes Peak hill climb. Canepa was raised in a car
crazy family and soon made his passion a business starting his own dealership, restoration shop and race
preparing. Canepa was just seen the day before racing his Porsche 934.5 at the pre-historics, today the car
was already on the lift for a check after the races. Canepa has a strong relation to all things Porsche as he
was the driving force to make the famous Porsche 959 road legal in the US and especially in California where
the restrictions are the most challenging.
Just upstairs his workshop Canepa Motorsports houses a small but very superb museum for race cars.
Porsches are playing the main role for sure and apart from half a dozen of Porsche 959 of clients in the
service and sales room Canepas speciality is the immortal 917 in every form. Bruce Canepa shown his own
917 a few years back at the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel and the car sits next to his 917/10 in the
museum alongside an RSR, another 934.5, a 935 K4 and a 962.
But not only Porsche can be seen as small racers include a Healey Sprite as well as a very hot Fiat Abarth,
several short track racers and the only Audi R15 in private hands. Centre piece of the display is also a Tyrrell
P34, the famous six-wheeler F1 car. On loan is furthermore the Mercedes-Benz W196 of the Indianapolis
But not only can one visit the museum during these days but the open house also provides access to the
workshop where Canepa has even rarer race cars. The ex. Follmer 917/10 CanAm Champion is currently
under restoration giving a rare sight on the fragile tubular frame of a 917. Furthermore two 917/30 can be seen
in the workshop making this a must visit for every Porsche fan. For those interested in seeing the cars in
person the open house is still going on for the entire week making this a fun trip up the coast when the sun is
hiding at the Monterey Peninsula.
Tomorrow will be the first full day of the Car Week starting with the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel. We
plan to cover several events over the week and keep you updated about the activities on the Monterey
Peninsula on a daily basis.
For more information about Canepa Motorsport please visit www.canepa.com
Report & images … Peter Singhof