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A blue base model Camaro convertible was used as the pace car for the Lexington 200 United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) race held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on Sunday, August 20, 1967.  Notice that the car has the base hub caps.  I wonder if the car had a six cylinder?

The blue car behind the Camaro convertible pace car is the Chevy powered Penske Sunoco Lola T70 driven by Mark Donohue.  He started on pole and eventually won the race.

Picture 1 came from the Ohio Valley Region of the SCCA's historical photo gallery: http://ovr-scca.org/gallery/?file=Historical/

Picture 2 is a cropped version

Picture 3 is the cover of the event program.  It came from www.racingsportscars.com

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1st picture: Jon Mello posted this poster for the event in the Trans Am section of CRG.

2nd picture: Track map courtesy of: http://www.racingsportscars.com/race/Bryar-1967-08-06.html

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Page 13 of the event program mentions the Chevrolet dealer that provided the white 1967 Camaro convertible pace car for the event at Bryar Motorsports Park.  On the bottom, right side of the page it states, "Pace Car - Courtesy of Doble's Chevrolet, Manchester, New Hampshire."

Jon Mello posted it here in the Trans Am section of CRG.

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A white 1967 Camaro convertible with standard wheel covers and white wall tires was used as the pace car for the Bryar 250 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Trans Am race held at the 1.6 mile road course known as Bryar Motorsports Park in Loudon, New Hampshire on Sunday, August 6, 1967.  This event was held on a rainy day but the Camaro still had its top down for the parade and pace laps prior to the start of the event.  Notice that the Camaro has its windshield wipers on and its headlights illuminated.  Peter Revson would go on to win the event in his red Bud Moore #15 Cougar.  The top finishing Camaro was driven by John Moore who came in 10th place.

This road course no longer exists.  It is now the location of the 1.058 mile oval track known as New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  It holds NASCAR events every year and has been nicknamed The Magic Mile.

1st picture:  I originally found this color photo back in 2013 at the Historic SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series Fan Group on Facebook.  It was posted by Derek Sutton.  It can also be found as part of a larger collection of photos taken at the event here: http://www.theroaringseason.com/showthread.php?1880-Photos-The-Bill-Sutton-Collection

2nd picture: Cropped version of the above color photo.

3rd picture: Black and white photo taken at nearly the same moment and almost the same vantage point as the color photo.  It came from The Revs Digital Library.  Click on the link to use their magnification tools: https://cdm17257.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/custom/single-image?id=334282&collection=p17257coll1

4th picture: Cropped version of the black and white photo.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any?
« on: April 27, 2018, 03:27:51 PM »
A yellow Maserati Ghibli Spyder was used as the pace car for the Bryar 200 Trans Am event held at Bryar Motorsport Park in Laconia, New Hampshire on May 31, 1971.  This is a rare car.  Maserati only produced approximately 125 Spyders models between 1969 and 1973. 

1st picture: Ebay
2nd picture: cropped version
3rd picture: Current picture of a yellow Ghibli Spyder with the same wheels.  With only 125 produced, perhaps it's the same car???  The pace car does seem to have a mirror on the drivers side front fender that the car in the current picture does not have. (Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maserati_Ghibli)

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A light colored 1967 Camaro RS/SS convertible with rally wheels was used as the pace car for the eleventh annual National Modified Jalopy Championship Races on the historic half-mile, dirt racetrack at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas on Sunday, July 30, 1967.  Notice the checkered flags on the front of the car and the writing all over the side.  Unfortunately the resolution isn't good enough to read what it says.  Harold Leep won the 50 lap event in his Chevrolet powered modified race car.  I found info on the race and the picture here: http://kansasracinghistory.com/Hutch_Nationals/Fair/30Jul1967.htm

 

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They hold a car show every September on the remnants of the old "long straight."  Here are few pictures that I took of the 1st generation Camaros that participated in the show back in September 2017.

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Here is a overview map of what the track used to look like.  It came from here: http://www.mirpa.org/

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The first picture shows the Camaro pacing a different class of race cars as they go through corner 8x. 

2nd picture is a cropped version of the first.

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A red 1967 Camaro RS/SS convertible with rally wheels and a black interior was used as the pace car for the 1967 Midwestern Council of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) races held at Meadowdale International Raceway on Sunday, July 23, 1967.  This 3.27 mile road course was located in Carpentersville, Illinois a northwestern suburb of Chicago.  It was in operation between 1958 and 1968 before the track was closed.  Remnants of the track still exist.  The property has been turned into a forest preserve called Raceway Woods.  The hiking and biking trails follow the original track layout.

I found the pictures several years ago at a web site that no longer exists.

This first picture shows the Camaro in front of what I believe to be the CP, DP, and EP class race as they go through turn 9.

2nd picture is a cropped version of the first.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any?
« on: April 22, 2018, 02:57:38 PM »
Here is a cool picture of a 1968 AMC Javelin decked out in "Pace Car" stickers for the Trans Am race held at Meadowdale International Raceway in Carpentersville, Illinois on July 7, 1968.
It came from the first page of a promotional newspaper mailing that talked about the upcoming Trans Am race.  Previously posted pictures show the 1968 Jeffords AMX-R at the head of the field on the grid, not a Javelin.  See my replies #32 through #36 on page three of this thread and #49 on page four to see other pictures and info on the pace car for this event.  I found the picture here: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/meadowdale-raceway-1968-trans-am-1872439164

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Here are the other two images.

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Check out this cool promotional newspaper mailing which is promoting the upcoming Trans Am race at Meadowdale International Raceway in Carpentersville, Illinois.  Pictures of four of the 8 pages appeared in the Ebay ad when it was for sale back in June 2017.  I found it here: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/meadowdale-raceway-1968-trans-am-1872439164

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I have seen in old pictures that I am sure I have some where 2 cars with grab bars

That would make sense since you would want the cars to be outfitted as close as possible in case a back up did have to be used.  Although I seem to remember something about one car having Firestone tires and the other having Goodyear tires to satisfy both of the companies that were participating in the series at the time.  That might have been the only difference between the two cars.

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