Scooter Patrick, who will forever be remembered as the last driver to post a victory in the original unlimited Can-Am series, has passed away at the age of 83. Patrick began racing in 1960 at Riverside’s USAC Road Racing Championship round in a Porsche. He raced occasionally for the next few years, mainly in Porsches, then won the USRRC’s Under-two-liter championship in 1966 and the Doug Revson Trophy in ’67, both with his Porsche 906. Moving into a Porsche 910, he won the SCCA’s National Championship in B Sports Racing at the 1968 Runoffs.
He also raced a Corvette for James Garner and Alfas for Otto Zipper (above) before tackling the West Coast rounds of the inaugural Can-Am season in 1966 and continuing to be a regular contestant in the SCCA’s unlimited sports car series until 1974 when he scored his historic win at Road America in U.S. Racing McLaren M20-Chevrolet to close out the series. To his family and many friends in the sport, Vintage Racecar extends its sincerest sympathies.