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2281  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: November 06, 2011, 07:14:33 PM
We are very fortunate to have received a large selection of racing photographs from Jerry Melton. Jerry attended both Trans-Am races held at Green Valley, Texas and the 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am at Michigan International Speedway. Here's is a short bio about Jerry in his own words.

"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."


Below are photos taken by Jerry at the 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am. This first selection of photos was taken during the Saturday practice session, most of which occured during a heavy downpour. The poor weather kept qualifying speeds way down from what they otherwise would have been. Thank you Jerry for sharing these!

The 1968 Camaro owned by Larry Drover and driven by Larry Bock.

Photo by Jerry Melton



Photo by Jerry Melton



Photo by Jerry Melton

Mo Carter's '68 Camaro

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Firebird of Robert Gagnon, driven by Dick Brown.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Camaro owned by John McConnell, prepared by Todco Racing, and driven by Craig Fisher.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2282  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Slot cars on: November 05, 2011, 11:40:09 PM
I always had Aurora HO slot cars as a kid. Sure had a lot of fun with those way back when. I had always liked the looks of the larger cars in the 1:32 and 1:24 scale but just never had them, probably because the tracks took more room. Several years ago, I bought an old '60s era 1:32 Revell track because I just liked the look of the Revell cars. My son is 9 now and I finally dug out that stuff and set it up today. Good times, once again!



2283  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: October 31, 2011, 04:43:52 PM
Race reports provided by our friend Ron Lathrop. Thank you, Ron!






The caption below is incorrect. It is not the McComb/Booker Mustang. I believe it is the Mustang of Gary Dundas.
















2284  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: October 31, 2011, 04:32:45 PM
Here's Horst Kwech having a strong run in the Alfa, as usual. He and teammate Gus Andrey ended up 2nd overall, first in U-2 class.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Rainville/Johnson Barracuda was leading late in the race but a pit stop for brake and throttle linkage issues dropped them back to a 3rd place finish.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The lights come on as we head into the later stages of the race. Here's the Alfa GTA of Ron Hunter and Noel Armstrong.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Mini Cooper of Bob Reedy and Jim Kaufman.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Mexican team of Felipe Rodriguez and Luis Iglesias make a late pit stop. They would end up 12th overall.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here's your race winner. The John McComb and Brad Booker Mustang. They ended up completing 248 laps and 392 miles.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2285  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: October 31, 2011, 02:53:05 PM

Ruben Novoa co-driving in Fred van Beuren's Mustang would spinout in turn 1 and accidently collide with the second Dos Caballos team
car of Gary Dundas. This put both Mustangs out of the race.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Corvair of Spurgeon May and Jack Clay, both from Mississippi, heads through turn 2. The car DNF'd for unspecified reasons.

Photo by Jerry Melton

This is the Cortina of Charlie Barnes but was driven at this race by Lynn Kysar and Lars Giertz. They would team up to finish 5th overall. Charlie had been asked to co-drive with
Sir John Whitmore (The 1965 European Touring Car Champion) for this race. The Whitmore/Barnes Cortina DNF'd in the first hour after severely damaging its front suspension.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Dodge Dart of Bob Tullius and Tony Adamowicz were the winners of the previous Trans-Am at Marlboro, MD. Here they would do no better than 6th overall.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Mini Cooper S of Chuck Williams and Dr. D.W. Forester ran a good race and finished 8th overall. It was classified as winner of the C-Sedan catagory.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2286  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaffey College and Sam Contino on: October 31, 2011, 02:01:12 PM
Yes, Mike. That's true. They bought it from Tom Wiederhold, who had owned it since 1974. I think the car has gone to a good home.
2287  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: October 31, 2011, 12:38:35 AM
The Pan-American 6-Hour Trans-Am endurance race at Green Valley Raceway in Smithfield, TX was run on Sept. 10, 1966. Each car had to have at least
two drivers because of the time and distance involved. Green Valley was really a drag strip that got occasionally used as a hokey road race track by utilizing
the return road and part of the pit/paddock area to create a circuit.

In '66 you saw a big variety of cars, particularly in the under 2-liter class. There were unusual cars such as Simcas, Sunbeams,
Renaults, Anglias, Fiat Abarths, Cortinas, BMW TISAs, NSUs and Volvos. Also Saab 96s, as seen by the example below.

Photo by Jerry Melton

It was a rainy weekend and the Russ Simon/Bill Steele Alfa Romeo crashed into a tree during practice on Saturday, so it never made the race.

Photo by Jerry Melton

This is lap one and Charlie Rainville in the Team Starfish Barracuda is followed by the Mustang of John McComb as they roar down the return road and into turn #2.
The race began at 4PM and was not over until 10PM.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Rainville led the race for the first 29 laps before pitting, handing the lead over to the Don Pike Mustang.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Alfa GTA of Horst Kwech and Gaston Andrey ran up in 4th place in the early going.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2288  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: October 30, 2011, 05:46:25 PM
Recently, 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 1966 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."


In 1966, there obviously were no Camaros involved in the Trans-Am series. However, Corvairs were eligible Chevrolet products and at least a couple did compete in the series. This occured even though they were over the 2-liter limit and well below the 5-liter limit of the Pony Cars.
2289  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: October 30, 2011, 12:11:22 AM
A Titus pit stop at MIS.

Photo by Alex Walordy

A look inside his trunk at the fuel filler and the fuel cell. This fuel filler tunnel (for lack of a better name)
was modified as the season went on and actually held more gas, increasing the amount of laps that could
be run without modifying the fuel cell's capacity (itself) of 22 gallons. That was within the rules.

Photo by Alex Walordy
2290  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaffey College and Sam Contino on: October 29, 2011, 06:00:25 PM
December 1969 Stock Car Racing magazine




2291  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: October 29, 2011, 11:50:18 AM
Bill Glowacki pointed out this '69 Camaro race car on craigslist to me so I'm just passing it along.
I have no idea what sort of race history it has had. It most likely never had actual Trans-Am history but you never know. It might warrant a call
and a little further research. Since it is listed in the Milwaukee area, maybe it was raced at Road America. Is anybody here familiar with the car?
2292  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 29, 2011, 12:58:09 AM
Thanks, Fred. As for the Chaparral Camaros by Jim Hall, they were definitely built by him and his team in Midland, Texas.
I have searched high and low for my "Chevrolet = Racing?" book and have not been able to find it. As such, I can't currently
look up what was said and unsaid about that particular subject.

Here's some more coverage of this 1970 Road America Trans-Am...























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2293  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: October 29, 2011, 12:24:49 AM
I knew I had another Firebird article. Finally found it tonight. December 1969 Stock Car Racing magazine.















2294  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 28, 2011, 10:26:25 AM
Road America race reports, courtesy of Ron Lathrop. Thank you, Ron!

October 1970 Car & Driver


October 1970 Road & Track


October 1970 Sports Car Graphic






2295  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Seen at Thunder Hill on: October 26, 2011, 10:44:45 PM
I think that first car was in Hot Rod a couple of years back.
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