All the talk about the McBearen made me realize that I’ve never posted any pics of the P & G, so here we go. This pee yellow racer is the P & G Special Mk. V and was built by Gord Green here in Ontario. I don’t know too much about the actual car, other than the fact that it was powered by a Coventry Climax 4 cylinder.
I do know a little bit about the history of the car though, and then of course there are my own somewhat abnormal memories.
I believe the car was built for the Canada Class of sports racers, sometime in the mid to late Sixties. I think the car made it’s way to our house in 1970 or 71, after Bud stopped racing the AMX in 69. Somewhere around 73 or 74, the parental units split up and Bud quit racing. The P & G left our house and went to it’s new owner, but not before I had my way with it.
Imagine, you’re a 6 or 7 year old living with a mom who works full time and there is a miniature Can Am car sitting in The Garage. The car was on blocks and I learned that the wheels spin really fast when you press the start button. It also makes a lot of noise in a small space. I also learned that yellow painted fibreglass turns black when you build a fire in a little BBQ on top of the rear deck.
I even remember the first time I heard the F-Bomb. It was said repeatedly, when the old man tried to fit the Meyer’s Manx Dune Buggy in behind the P & G. The fibreglass nose of a special will not support the weight of a Dune Buddy and the resulting crack arrived with a loud snapping noise.
I guess the car travelled around a bit, finally ending up in the Southern States, where it was a regular at vintage events. In the mid 90’s, it made it’s way back to Ontario to the VARAC Festival at Mosport. It suffered a heavy crash. It’s owner decided it was time for a change and it ended up in Canadian hands once again. Currently it sits in the back of a Toronto area garage awaiting it’s reconstruction.
The P & G Special at Road Atlanta in 1994
Partially assembled for the VARAC Festival a few years ago.
The bare frame.