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2281  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sunoco fueling rig on: February 11, 2012, 01:51:01 AM
Interesting. I would not have guessed that going off the foliage of the trees in the background.
2282  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: February 11, 2012, 01:45:58 AM
It looks like you've got the basics of what you need, Mike. I'm looking forward to seeing where progress takes you from there.
2283  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photo Gallery for A/Sedan and A-B/Production cars on: February 11, 2012, 01:41:30 AM
Neil Vanni's 1968 Camaro A/Sedan racer circa 1975. This was John Putnam's old Trans-Am racer in '71-'72.

Dave Doyal Collection

A shot of Vanni's Camaro on the grid at Laguna Seca. The car has a '67 grille in it but it is a '68.

Dave Doyal Collection

Vanni's Camaro was the A/Sedan champion in the San Francisco region in 1975.

Dave Doyal Collection

Here's the engine in Vanni's Camaro in the 1974 timeframe.

Dave Doyal Collection

Another look at the engine. Lots of interesting details like the alternator mounted up high using the smog pump
bracketry and also a non-deep groove smog pump pulley on the alternator with hand drilled holes in it.

Dave Doyal Collection
2284  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Todco and McConnell Racing, Canadian Trans-Am racers on: February 11, 2012, 01:22:04 AM
Ken,

Can you tell us some of the fabrication stuff that you did to the bodies of the Todco race cars, including the subframes and suspension? For the '68 season, apparently the body seams could not be fully welded as evidenced by the stitch welding shown in the photo below of the first '68 Penske Camaro, taken while it was being constructed.


Photo by Ron Fournier

Were you allowed more leeway and/or were you doing any "rule bending" by the time you were building cars in '69 and later?
2285  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sunoco fueling rig on: February 09, 2012, 06:11:11 PM
Chad Raynal found this in one of his old Camaro Corral magazines...
2286  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Todco and McConnell Racing, Canadian Trans-Am racers on: February 09, 2012, 06:08:09 PM
Kerry,

I'm glad that you found your way here to the forum and we look forward to learning more about your car. It is a great asset to have Ken Ulrich join us here as well. You are right that Dick Brown would make a great interview and I have emailed him on numerous occasions. I have thought of doing an interview and just need to set aside some time to get that done. Easier said than done.
2287  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Todco and McConnell Racing, Canadian Trans-Am racers on: February 06, 2012, 10:57:40 PM
Hi Ken. Thanks for the information on those cars. I got an message from Yves St Jean from the www.autocourse.ca website and
he wanted to know if you could shed some further light on the Todco cars listed below --- who they were sold to and what may have
become of them. I'm not sure if you have that knowledge but those of us who like the history aspect of these cars would find that
interesting. Thanks for any insight.


1) 1967 Camaro= Built by Todco from a used car. Owned by Duchesne's Auto, raced by Derek Johnson in '68. Sold to Don Duncan. He raced it in '71 GP3r = WHERE DID IT GO?
2) 1969 Camaro= #7 from Snyder Chev built by Todco Racing and raced at Sebring and Michigan in early '69, color scheme was white and black.
                         #93 from Snyder Chev. Raced by Derek Johnson in mid '69 as a blue car, 6th place at Watkins Glen '69. Raced by Jacques Duval in '70 Mt Tremblant T/A race
                         and by Craig Fisher at '70 Watkins Glen T/A, then sold to Jean Guy Roy for the complete 72 T/A season = (OK on this one)
3) 1969 Camaro= #7 from Snyder Chev built by Todco silver with black stripes for 69 St Jovite T/A where Craig Fisher finished 4th at '69 Watkins Glen, later blue #7 at Kent '69 = WHERE DID IT GO?
4) 1970 Firebird = #93 race in T/A at '70 St Jovite and Watkins Glen race = WHERE DID IT GO?
5) 1969 Firebird = #7 Titus-built car run under McConnell Racing with Craig Fisher in early '69 = WHERE DID IT GO?
6) 1971 Camaro = #93 and #86 run by Dick Brown, owned by Duncan = Historic Trans-Am, now owned by Kerry Hoctor = (OK on this one)
2288  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Z/28 Trans Am Anniversary Customer List...... on: February 06, 2012, 10:06:56 PM
At this time, I'm not able to figure out which one of those three became the one driven by Gary Gove and Jerry Grant in the '67 Trans-Am series. Hopefully, through more research, that information can get determined.
2289  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photo Gallery for A/Sedan and A-B/Production cars on: February 05, 2012, 11:43:54 PM
Mike, I don't have any other photos of Les Lindley's car but I will see if I can get more from Tom or somebody else. In the
meantime, here are some photos from Laguna Seca.

Circa 1975, Neil Vanni's blue '68 Camaro in the corkscrew. I don't know who's driving the purple '69. Anybody out there know?

Courtesy of Neil Vanni

Circa 1973, Unidentified A/Production Corvette vs. an unidentified '69 Camaro.

Photo by Paul Goodall

Circa 1973, Bruce Benninger's B/Production Corvette.

Photo by Paul Goodall

Circa 1973, Bruce overcooks it coming out of turn 8.

Photo by Paul Goodall
2290  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photo Gallery for A/Sedan and A-B/Production cars on: February 05, 2012, 02:20:26 AM
Riverside 1979. Ex-Penske Camaro driven by John Schwarz (later Fred Galloway and Ken Epsman)

Photo by Tom McIntyre

Riverside 1979. Les Lindley in an ex-Roy Woods Camaro

Photo by Tom McIntyre

Riverside 1979. Les Lindley in the driver's seat of his Camaro.

Photo by Tom McIntyre
2291  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Todco and McConnell Racing, Canadian Trans-Am racers on: February 04, 2012, 01:26:16 PM
Ken, thanks for that information. It's interesting that you replaced the white '69 Camaro in mid-season.
Was this due to an accident, the addition of Derek Johnson to the team, or some other reason?

Can you tell me about the car seen in the photo below? This photo is from a Todco article in the 1971
Mt Tremblant program, which is all in French. The english translation for the caption is roughly as follows:
John Todds puts a finishing touch to one of the cars of his racing stable before it heads out on the track.
Cleanliness was always synonymous with success for this very professional race team.
 


Courtesy of Frank Dihartce
2292  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: February 03, 2012, 08:27:07 PM
Mike,

Nice to hear from you. In my mind, I was remembering the interior panels as being blue. Craig Wheeldon pointed out this ebay ad to me which appears to support my recollection. Even though the image of the Javelin shown as an external view is the '71 body style, the shot of Donohue sitting in the car shows the '70 aluminum seat and the rear quarter window shape is definitely the '70 version and not the '71. I hope that is of help to you.
2293  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: February 02, 2012, 05:07:53 PM
Thanks, Chad. I was reflecting upon that as I was posting these latest photos from Jerry Melton. We are indeed very fortunate to have benefitted from the kindness and generosity of both Jerry Melton and Ron Lathrop. I think we have photographs of every car that participated in this particular Trans-Am race and as a long-time researcher of all things Trans-Am related, I can tell you that that is basically unheard of. It is a real boon to the enthusiast and my thanks again go out to Jerry and Ron for sharing their wonderful photos with us.
2294  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: February 01, 2012, 11:12:28 PM
The Dollinger and Osbourne Porsche on the infield portion of the track.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Bob Bailey's Porsche.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Fred Opert's Porsche powering through the last turn.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Fred Baker's Porsche.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Hol-Arc Firebird of Larry Harley.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Peter Revson's Mustang and Fred Opert's Porsche.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dan Furey's notchback Mustang with Bob Tullius looking to pass him on the inside.

Photo by Jerry Melton

A look down toward the pits.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Ortega Firebird out in front of the Netterstrom Porsche and the Alfa of Ed Wachs.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Ted Roberts' Javelin leads a Porsche and Bill Ortega's Firebird back toward the banking.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2295  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: February 01, 2012, 06:18:30 PM
Thanks for posting your pictures. Those 5-spokes are not the 200-S design. They are a magnesium Torq-Thrust "D", not to be confused with what American currently sells as an aluminum Torq-Thrust "D" or Torq-Thrust II. I have not seen the 4 3/4" backspacing like that before. They have an offset that makes them look like a 15x7 from the front side. Do you have any photos of Christiansen's car with the mags on it (either set)?
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