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The '67 Pace car information board says three pace cars were ordered but it is thought only two were built. A friend of mine owns the L78 engine from the third pacer and the partial VIN on the block is in between the two other pacers. I guess that actually makes it the second of the three and the actual pacer for the race is the third one built going by the VIN. The NCRS report for all three VINs comes back identical, all three going to the Indianapolis zone.

Here's some more coverage of the SVRA Trans-Am SpeedFest event, with more emphasis on the Historic cars, and the Historic Trans-Am group...

Be sure to keep scrolling down to see the photos in "FINAL CHAPTER  Muscle Cars Only." 

Originality / Re: 1968 LeMans Blue Paint Code
« on: May 20, 2019, 03:00:26 AM »
That looks pretty dark to me. Here is some original paint from my LeMans Blue '68 Z project for comparison.

Originality / Re: 1968 LeMans Blue Paint Code
« on: May 19, 2019, 04:39:43 AM »
For '68 the paint code is the letter U.  It changed to 71 in '69.

Thanks for clarifying that Jon. I was thinking it was an article written before Z28 production started, but obviously that was not the case.

Correction, they made the claim that Capri Cream was the only available color as far back as the April '67 issue of Speed & Supercar magazine, as seen in the following link...

Capri Cream was not a preferred color.  Vince Piggins asked his boss for a car to use to make a prototype of a Trans-Am eligible Camaro and they gave him an already built car from the Proving Ground motor pool. It was probably outfitted the closest to what he was requesting and happened to be cream.

There were magazine articles back in the '70s or early '80s that stated the '67 Zs only came in Capri Cream. That was obviously an assumption on somebody's part but people have taken it as gospel. The 1967 Z-28s were available in all the available colors right from the start of production and there have even been a few found in special order paint colors.

I don't have a whole lot of information on the car but I know it's in the group of the first 16 Z-28s built and was built on December 30th, 1966 so it would be on a 4P body.  I have never seen a picture of the car in its entirety.  I hope there are some out there somewhere.

What a home run lineup of show cars.  I love all three.

I took these photos of a "new" '67 Camaro Z-28 which had previously been running with SVRA.  I think this may have been its first time running with the HTA group. I believe the owner's name is Johnny Romano. This is the car formerly campaigned by Lake Underwood in '67 and Dean Alles in '68-'69 in the original Trans-Am series.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Paint colors on the Alan Green Camaro
« on: May 09, 2019, 02:53:04 AM »
Here are some pics I took at Laguna Seca last weekend where the car made its racing debut after its recent restoration.

I'll be driving up tomorrow.

1967 Z-28s did not have mandatory rear bumper guards. That started with the '68 Zs.

Restoration / Re: Introducing the "GILMORE" 1968 Z28
« on: May 01, 2019, 12:51:59 PM »
Why not keep and reuse your original cover as the new one has subtle differences?

1) Program cover for Trans Am race (  I'm not sure why the program has the dates June 8-9 on the cover when the race took place on June 16.  Perhaps Jon Mello can clarify?

As written in the SCCA publication "Sports Car"...
"The race was delayed a week out of deference to the President's request that June 9 be a national day of mourning for Senator Robert Kennedy. Still a sizable number of people didn't get the well-advertised word and showed anyway."

Senator Kennedy had been campaigning in California while trying to win the Democratic nomination for President when he was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Dana Chevrolet
« on: April 27, 2019, 02:58:08 PM »
Thanks for the further info.  The dealership had only been open a week when the blue and the green GT350s were invoiced to Dana. It would have been an odd sight to see the Mustangs on the lot next to the new Chevrolets and Dana's Hi-Performance Center which was down the street a good 10 blocks was not open for another several months.

What were the period modifications that were done to your car and have any of the other Shelbys sold through Dana exhibited the same modifications? Did your car have the optional stripes on the hood, etc?

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