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Blood, Sweat, and Turnips


This is the autobiography of the Canadian Can-Am driver John Cordts.

Cordts participated in one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix on 20 September 1969. He qualified 19th, but retired his Brabham after 10 laps with an oil leak, while lying 16th.

In addition to his Formula One appearance, Cordts had been successful in Canadian and U.S. sports car racing, particularly with various McLarens run by Dave Billes’s Performance Engineering. He competed in many events, ranging from Harewood Acres (where he still holds the track record when it closed in 1970), Mosport, Mont-Tremblant, and Westwood in Canada to various tracks in the US and even Japan. He later became a regular participant in the CanAm series, in which he raced until 1974, mainly in McLarens and Lolas. His best Can-Am finish was second at Road America in 1974. He was also known for his participation in the SCCA Trans-Am Series, where he had, at one point, piloted a BF Goodrich-sponsored Pontiac Firebird, known as the “Tirebird” and also several FIA events with the Greenwood Corvette team.

John was also inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2003.

Cordt has since retired to a private life in Western Canada where he is well known for his beautiful wood carvings and in 2008 wrote Blood, Sweat and Turnips.

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John Cordts
86 pages


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Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 17.5 × 10.8 × 0.6 cm


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