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2281  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans-Am Press Kits on: November 27, 2011, 03:21:29 PM
More info from Frank Dihartce on Bruce Behrens...

"Chevrolet high performance iron salesman Bob Dance of Indian River Chevrolet in Cocoa, Fl. told me he sold Bruce Behrens a 1969 Z/28 JL-8 radio delete car that was turned into a Trans Am racer. Dance also told me he had many 1967-1969 Z/28 radio delete and a few JL-8 cars on his lot, and a bunch of COPO Camaros... He also said the workers at Cape Canaveral and Martin were good customers. Bob Tucker was a rocket electrical engineer at Martin in the 1950's thru mid 1960's, and drag racing was his hobby that he turned into a full time business.
 
The Bruce Behrens team also hired the services of the fabulous painter Fred Griffith, who painted many famous cars - including Corvette's for Bo Laws, Bob Jorjorian (his 1963 split window was the next car to be painted after my Camaro ZL-1, and he still has the silver Vette), and Rodger Judski's Corvette Center (who owns the yellow ZL-1 Corvette)."
2282  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans-Am Press Kits on: November 27, 2011, 02:26:35 AM
Here are a few photos of a Bruce Behrens Racing Team press kit, courtesy of Frank Dihartce. Thank you, Frank!











2283  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: November 26, 2011, 01:34:06 AM
An "Official Race Results" sheet for the RAM Regional at MIS.


Jon Mello Collection
2284  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Waterford Hills racetrack on: November 25, 2011, 10:48:41 AM
Ron,

I got some help from John Hinckley and Franz Estereicher. Other details I either knew already or figured out on my own.
I'm glad your happy with what I posted. Even though these were not actual Trans-Am photos, they were too cool not to post.
2285  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: November 25, 2011, 01:27:38 AM
A photo of Robert Barg and his Camaro, taken at the April 27 MIS regional race.
He says this was his first Nomex driving suit, which he still has.

Robert Barg Collection
2286  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Waterford Hills racetrack on: November 24, 2011, 02:56:07 PM
To tie this in with Camaros and Trans-Am racing, here are some photos of Dave Horchler running his '67 Z-28 at a driving school at Waterford Hills.


Dave Horchler Collection


Dave Horchler Collection


Dave Horchler Collection

Here's a shot of the Horchler/Hoffman Z-28 as seen at Nelson Ledges, another Michigan track.

Dave Horchler Collection
2287  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Waterford Hills racetrack on: November 24, 2011, 02:46:53 PM
Here's the Corvair of Don Eichstaedt. Don also competed in a later Corvair in the 1966 Sebring Trans-Am. Photo taken August '64.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Don in a wheel-to-wheel duel with the Valiant of Scott Harvey. Scott was a factory backed driver and both of these guys raced in Trans-Am in '66.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here's Bob Johnson in the former Tom Payne Cobra. Bob raced in Trans-Am and was on the Penske Camaro team in various races from '67 - '69.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Tom Payne got himself a new Cobra for this August '64 race and won with it. Tom co-drove with Dick Guldstrand in the Dana Camaro
when they won the St. Jovite sedan race on May 21, 1967. Some believe St. Jovite was a true Trans-Am race in '67 but that is not true.
It didn't get on the official T/A schedule until 1968. That's Bob Johnson standing in front of the guy in the red coat. The black '63 Z06
Corvette cruising by in the background was driven by Jud Holcomb.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

I guess this is Tom Payne's precursor to the Fickle Finger of Fate?  Tongue

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2288  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Waterford Hills racetrack on: November 24, 2011, 02:21:27 PM
Tom Swindell's '63 Z06 roadster next to the "Harley Earl Corvette". According to Franz Estereicher, Tom used this special Corvette
to tow his race car to the track (notice the tow ball). Tom Swindell was one of the top Corvette salesmen in the nation and worked
at Dawson-Taylor Chevrolet in Detroit, which sold many hi-performance cars (including the L88 Corvette raced by Tony DeLorenzo).
That's Norman Luther's '57 Corvette in the background. This photo was taken at the July '64 race at Waterford Hills.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here's Tom Swindell's '63 Z06 roadster at the '63 Spring Sprints race at Waterford Hills.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here comes Tom along the outside to pass a Lotus Super 7 and a Corvette coupe.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

And there he goes...

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here's the '63 Corvette Z06 of A.W. Joslin, who hailed from the Lansing area.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2289  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Waterford Hills racetrack on: November 24, 2011, 01:54:53 PM
The 1962 "Fall Classic" A/Production winning Corvette of Tom Payne from Ann Arbor, MI.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

The 1962 Corvette of Tom Swindell. His wife Mary also drove in the women's race and won.
This car is currently owned by Franz Estereicher.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

The 1963 Z06 Corvette of Ralph Salyer. Photo taken at the September '63 SCCA Divisional race.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ralph Salyer bought himself a Bill Thomas Cheetah and cut the roof off, making it a roadster.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Same car as seen from the rear. This photo was taken at the August '64 race at Waterford Hills.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here's Ralph in the Cheetah as he is exiting the course.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here's the start of a production class race at the September '64 "Fall Classic".

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2290  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Waterford Hills racetrack on: November 24, 2011, 01:31:19 PM
Waterford Hills is a racetrack that is about 25 miles northwest of downtown Detroit. It has been around since 1958 and is a short
1.5 mile course featuring continuous elevation changes (although not dramatic ones like you would see at something like Laguna Seca).
While this track was never one that was on the Trans-Am schedule, it did see a lot of action from people connected with the auto industry
and thus saw many interesting cars and competitive drivers. Since Ron Lathrop took many nice, color pictures there, I thought I would
post some here for us to enjoy. Thank you Ron for sharing these!


Photo by Ron Lathrop


Photo by Ron Lathrop


Photo by Ron Lathrop


Photo by Ron Lathrop


Photo by Ron Lathrop
2291  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: November 21, 2011, 11:39:17 PM
Mike,

Of the three, I have to say that the Firebird takes the prize. Your efforts on that car absolutely paid off.
I will say it again, it is absolutely stunning. That is not meant to disparage your efforts on the others.
Thanks again for sharing your passion with us.

-Jon
2292  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: November 21, 2011, 11:22:02 PM
Here's the very rare poster from this race, courtesy of Craig Wheeldon. Thank you, Craig!

2293  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Factory 1969 Tech Center Camaro............. on: November 17, 2011, 10:58:16 AM
Thanks for posting that, Robert. I have heard of this "Agent Orange" car but don't have much information on it. I'll see if I can find out anything.
2294  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: November 13, 2011, 02:56:03 PM
Thanks, Robert. Do you remember how you guys placed in your respective races?
2295  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: November 13, 2011, 01:20:17 PM
Mike,

The car is just stunning, even if you say it is not completely done. Yes, the rear track could probably stand to come in a wee bit but I see very few nits to pick. Really nice work! Thanks for sharing that with us.

-Jon

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