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2281  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 23, 2011, 09:53:41 PM
Penske transporter for the AMC Javelin race cars.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Another view of the Penske transporter.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

George Follmer and Parnelli Jones. Drivers of the Bud Moore Mustangs.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

I guess Parnelli's getting his game face on.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2282  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 23, 2011, 09:50:19 PM
Once again, we have more racing photographs taken by Ron Lathrop. These photos were taken on the July 18th, 1970 at the Road America Trans-Am near Elkhart Lake, WI. As mentioned previously, Ron was a freelance racing photographer dating back to 1963 and did work for Sports Car Graphic, Competition Press, Road & Track, as well as a number of karting magazines and even Rod & Custom. He also was in the U.S Air Force from 1965 - 69 and again from 1972 - 92. Road America was a challenging high speed course with long straights that was new to the Trans-Am schedule that year. Ron lost the negatives to this race in the course of several moves over the last several decades so he has had to flat scan the images from his old proof sheets. Maybe not ideal but still of great benefit to us. Thanks again Ron for sharing these new photos with us!

Here's a map of the 4.0 mile track

Road America Vantage Points

RA Straight - The start and finish line, all the hustle-and-bustle of the pit area, etc.

Station 1 - The first corner after the start.

Station 3 - A downhill curve. producing fast speeds and excitement.

Moraine Sweep - Fastest part of the course at station 4 and 4A.

Station 5 - Difficult because of its extreme angle and downhill grade immediately after the Moraine Sweep speed section.

Hurry Downs - Fascinating because of its downhill, weaving turns from station 6 to 8.

RA Carousel - A sweeping, high speed half circle curve.

Kettle Bottoms - Very fast with gentle but demanding bends from station 11 to 12.

Station 12 - The popular Canada Corner with a tight righthand turn at speed.

Thunder Valley - Up a gentle incline and through a wooded valley between station 12 and 13.

Station 14 - The last chance to out-corner a rival before the RA straight.

2283  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: October 23, 2011, 01:54:25 AM
Photos of Donohue's Sunoco Camaro from early in the '69 season (vinyl roof still on).


Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection
2284  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Bryar Trans-Am photos on: October 23, 2011, 12:52:28 AM


2285  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: October 22, 2011, 11:24:02 PM
Penske started drooping the nose on his second '67 Camaro, which first appeared at the Modesto Trans-Am.
I agree with you that the front end looks drooped on these two '69 Sunoco cars as well.
2286  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 5-Liter engine article on: October 22, 2011, 07:02:04 PM
This article gives some insight into the engines used by the various manufacturers in Trans-Am for the 1969 season.







2287  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Dyno sheets from the era on: October 22, 2011, 06:56:11 PM
Here's a dyno test performed by Traco for Roger Penske on Oct 2, 1967. This is a 1x4bbl engine
with Traco-ported heads, transistor ignition and an Engle cam.

2288  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: October 22, 2011, 01:24:04 PM

More photos from the 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am.


Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection
2289  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Old Bits That Still Work - Muncie Transmissions on: October 22, 2011, 12:04:19 AM
What a nightmare thinking about constructing that "home-made" steel Muncie case. As good of a fabricator as that guy "Brooky" may have been, you can't tell me that thing didn't look nasty and not like a real Muncie case.
2290  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing seats on: October 21, 2011, 11:57:25 PM
1971 ad

2291  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: October 16, 2011, 04:23:19 PM
Photo of the engine compartment of the Larry Drover owned '68 Camaro which began racing at Daytona in the '69 season.
Original drivers were Larry Bock and Larry Dent.


Larry Drover collection
2292  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: October 16, 2011, 04:19:57 PM
Photo shows Larry Drover owned '68 Camaro as prepared for the start of the '69 racing season.


Larry Drover collection
2293  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: October 11, 2011, 10:19:55 PM
Not a Trans-Am car but instead a Nascar GT machine, which I believe was built by Smokey Yunick.
Pete Hamilton was a very good Nascar driver pretty new on the scene at that time and Lloyd Ruby
was an outstanding driver who could race in any type of car and was always a threat to win.

2294  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Full-Floaters on: October 11, 2011, 09:50:06 PM
While the example shown happens to be on a dragster, there is some good general information
on full floating rear ends in this old Hot Rod magazine article.



2295  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: PTB on Los Angeles Camaros on: October 11, 2011, 07:13:14 AM
Thank you.
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