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2266  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 17, 2011, 08:54:22 PM
This first set of images is from the Saturday practice and qualifying sessions. Here's Mark Donohue's Camaro.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here's Mark squinting in the bright (and hot) Texas sun during a break in the action.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Mark confers with crewman Murph Mayberry, who happens to be wearing a Wintersteen Racing shirt. Murph did work
for both George Wintersteen and Roger Penske and both had shops in close proximity to one another. Wintersteen
also drove Penske's Camaro a couple of months earlier during the Daytona 24-hour race.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dan Gurney straps on his helmet in preparation for the practice session.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here's Dan putting his Cougar through its paces.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Parnelli Jones, strapped in and ready to go.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dick Thompson's Grady Davis owned Mustang. Part of the two-car Shelby team in '67.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Freddy Van Beuren's Mustang. One of 26 cars built for Group 2 (Trans-Am) racing by Shelby American Inc in 1967.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dale Wood's Mustang has a strange bend on the roll bar's main hoop.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Mustang of Bob Johnson of Columbus, OH. He raced a Falcon at Sebring and would race for Penske in a Camaro several months later.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Parnelli Jones dips a couple of tires into the dirt in turn 2.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Tony Adamowicz in the Group 44 team's Lotus Cortina.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Joe Starkey's Lotus Cortina gets prepped for practice.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dave Dooley's Cortina is about to get pounced on by a Cougar.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Alfa Romeo GTA of Jim Baker.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2267  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 17, 2011, 08:17:04 PM
Earlier this year, I was sent some racing photographs by Jerry Melton. He attended both Trans-Am races held at Green Valley, Texas and the 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am at Michigan International Speedway. Below are photos taken by Jerry at the 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am while performing corner worker duties during the race. Many thanks go out to Jerry for sharing these with us. Here's is a short bio about Jerry.

"I have been a strictly amateur racing photographer from my first days of college in 1962.  After hanging on the spectator fence at Green Valley Raceway in Texas taking photos without a telephoto for a couple of years, I became a corner worker until my move to Detroit Michigan (just in time to be welcomed by the riots that started the mass exodus from the city).  Upon joining the Detroit Region SCCA I was immediately pressed into service as their photographer, thus gaining passes to the races for a number of years until the birth of my son and a second job restricted my weekend commitments.   I continue to be a regular visitor to nearby Waterford Hills Raceway, where one needs no pass to be close to the action.

While in college, I was also a cartoonist for Sports Car Graphic Magazine until Jerry Titus became editor and eliminated ALL cartoons.  Until then the publication had been more of a club racing friendly mag, but Titus wanted to compete with Car & Driver and Road & Track.  So, where's SCG now?

I've been a Public School Art teacher for over 45 years and have long been teaching an added enrichment class in Sports Car Design to 10-14 year olds, where kids create shelf model concept cars from a 2x4 center with 1x3 fenders.  It keeps the job interesting."
2268  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The 1972 SCCA Brass Tags and Log Book issued to TA Cars on: December 11, 2011, 07:53:59 PM
Ken, I see you have no races recorded for '67 or '68. Have you notestablished that history yet or was the car parked for a couple of years? I do have some '71 and '72 race results for the small 2.5 cars which I probably ought to get to you.
2269  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The 1972 SCCA Brass Tags and Log Book issued to TA Cars on: December 10, 2011, 01:02:10 PM
Ken,

Welcome to our Trans-Am forum and thank you for the question. It is a complicated issue with no clear cut answers at this time (if ever). The 1972 Lime Rock Trans-Am was the first race of the season and this is where the application of the brass tags and the issuing of log books began. There are some cars however that were at this '72 Lime Rock event which appear to have never received a brass tag. Also, there are some cars that did receive brass tags at later Trans-Am events during the '72 season. I don't know if you had to pay extra money to get a brass tag, or declare ahead of time that you were going to run a certain amount of races on the Trans-Am schedule, or if there was some other type of factor involved. The highest number I have seen so far for the O-2 class is 72AS49 on the Warren Fairbanks Camaro and this car was not at Lime Rock. He does not show up on the official results until the 6th race of the season at Road America (July 16th). I am asking around for help from others but at this time it is not well understood. If I find out something of interest, I will let you know.
2270  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Inside the Cars of the Trans-Am" and other articles on: December 08, 2011, 10:59:40 AM
Thanks for posting those, Mike. Some very good stuff there and these modeling magazines give us a new place to look for photos and information. I had never seen the small spoilers on the Jim Hall Camaros previously. Nice to see something new and different.
2271  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 67 Z-28 CRANK on: December 07, 2011, 11:24:38 AM
I don't believe the '822' crank is the correct one for a '67 Z. They never appear to be tufftrided, which should be the case for a 302 crank. Also, I have seen at least three NOS '67 Z-28 cranks come out of the box with the '6764' casting number on them. Note the tufftrided coating on the NOS '67 Z crank below and the correct '67 Z part number on the box it came out of.
2272  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: December 05, 2011, 02:45:00 PM

Frank Dihartce Collection
2273  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: December 05, 2011, 01:57:51 PM
Jacket patches.

Frank Dihartce Collection

A Wolverine Trans-Am dash plaque.

Frank Dihartce Collection

An unused ticket to the Wolverine Trans-Am.

Frank Dihartce Collection

A 1969 Sears Point Trans-Am dash plaque.

Frank Dihartce Collection

A pass for the 1970 Riverside Trans-Am.

Frank Dihartce Collection
2274  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: December 05, 2011, 01:51:30 PM
Dash plaque for the Wolverine Trans-Am.

Frank Dihartce Collection


A ticket for the Trans-Am race.

Frank Dihartce Collection
2275  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: December 05, 2011, 01:13:38 AM
1970 Koni catalog pages, courtesy of Franz Estereicher. Thank you, Franz!














These are from a 2005 Koni catalog.


2276  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Inside the Cars of the Trans-Am" and other articles on: December 04, 2011, 11:43:18 AM








2277  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: December 04, 2011, 03:04:10 AM
From the 1968 Times Riverside GP program.
2278  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: December 04, 2011, 02:57:28 AM
The car in the pit stop photo above is a true '67 but it has a '68 grill in it to help it look like the twin of the other Penske team car, which was a true '68 model.
The '68 Sebring race was the only race that year where Penske used this '67 Camaro. Hopefully that answered your question.
2279  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: NOS MO302 Smokey Yunick motor started for first time ever!! on: December 04, 2011, 02:52:50 AM
That's an interesting concept of what your plans are for the car. Continue to post videos (or photos) as you make progress as I know they would be appreciated.
2280  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: December 03, 2011, 04:37:02 PM
You're welcome. Here a shot of the #15 Penske Camaro during a pit stop at Sebring (March '68).


Photo by Dave Friedman
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