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Messages - Jon Mello

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Dana Chevrolet
« on: December 09, 2018, 02:26:42 AM »
Thank you both.  Looks like "Mustang Video Magazine" has two parts, Vol 1 and Vol 2.

Here's a look inside the Dana Hi-Performance showroom.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Dana Chevrolet
« on: December 08, 2018, 10:42:36 PM »
More pics of the Dana Chevrolet Hi-Performance Center at 9735 Long Beach Blvd.

Both Trans-Am Camaros shown in the last shot still exist and the white one should be fully restored in 2019. Both went to Sebring in '67 with full sponsorship from Dana.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Dana Chevrolet
« on: December 08, 2018, 10:23:22 PM »
Here's a relatively recent artlcle on Dana Chevrolet as seen in Muscle Car Review magazine.  https://www.hotrod.com/articles/muscle-car-rewind-dana-chevrolet/

I found it interesting to see the Cragar van parked at curbside and saw that Dana had a display right in their showroom featuring Cragar mags.  I subsequently found out that Cragar Industries was also a Southgate, CA business and only 3 to 3.5 miles down the road. Two local businesses supporting each other.  Since Peyton Cramer had previously worked for Shelby and Cragar mags had been optional on the '65 GT350, this was a very natural continuation.  No doubt a fair number of Dana cars got sold with Cragar mags and maybe even Cragar headers on them.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 2019 HTA schedule
« on: December 02, 2018, 09:22:13 PM »
Sounds good Scott, and thanks for spreading the word.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 2019 HTA schedule
« on: December 02, 2018, 04:16:44 PM »
I don't think we met there, Scott.  The only Ford guy I remember speaking with was Parnelli Jones and that was after the Penske dinner/roast.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« on: December 02, 2018, 03:04:38 PM »
No, I haven't but hope the same.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 2019 HTA schedule
« on: December 02, 2018, 03:02:43 PM »
I was there in November 1992 for the Tribute to Roger Penske and 40th Anniversary of Corvette celebration. I went to the fundraiser dinner and roast of Roger Penske which was to help raise funds for the Corvette Museum. I still have the T-shirt and poster but may have sold the program.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 2019 HTA schedule
« on: December 02, 2018, 05:05:09 AM »
No, I'm down by Santa Barbara so have not been to Thunderhill.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 2019 HTA schedule
« on: December 02, 2018, 03:13:19 AM »
You can see more lower profile events at Buttonwillow Raceway Park or Thunderhill Raceway Park and they both have websites where you can see their schedule of events.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« on: December 02, 2018, 02:53:10 AM »
My understanding is the Camaro was reskinned to be a Firebird for 1970 so they could run the Pontiac engine.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series
« on: December 01, 2018, 05:55:30 PM »
Nice color shot of Craig Fisher's Firebird at the 1970 Laguna Seca Trans-Am race coming down through the corkscrew.

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Link to a bunch of old Trans-Am photos.  Primarily Riverside and Laguna Seca.

https://www.hotrod.com/articles/throwback-thursday-100-never-seen-photos-trans-ams-golden-days/

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 2019 HTA schedule
« on: December 01, 2018, 04:15:05 PM »
Historic Trans-Am is definitely a west coast organization that will occasionally venture out to other tracks such as Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen and Mt. Tremblant.  HTA has the bulk of the cars with real Trans-Am history.  There are some cars that do have Trans-Am history and run in a different organization primarily because the owner may live on the east coast or in the midwest. Those cars are usually prepared to a looser set of rules than the HTA cars such as more cubic inches, dry sump oiling systems, modern gauges, full aluminum interiors, etc.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Historic Trans Am
« on: November 30, 2018, 02:41:43 AM »
Thanks.  Yes, it's been referenced many times on this forum.

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Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Cross-Ram VS Ford's IR Dominators
« on: November 30, 2018, 02:35:24 AM »
Jon,
Yes AMC did use them also…Btw, the Dominators were approved by SCCA, since they were homologated parts from Fords FIA records. That said, do you think Ford 'stretched' the rules by using IR Dominator Holley's to try and create a 'cheap' Weber type of induction?

Ford was always trying to stretch the rules to their advantage. They spent a lot of corporate money and expected wins.  All the manufacturers wanted to win but I think Ford was the most aggressive, i.e. the 15x9 wheels with offset that made them look like a 15x8, the Tunnel Port 302 that was never a production engine, the special front suspension components for '68, etc.

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