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2296  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Todco and McConnell Racing, Canadian Trans-Am racers on: February 01, 2012, 12:19:34 PM
Since we have recently had Ken Ulrich from the Todco Racing team (and later, Roy Woods' ARA team) recently join our forum, I thought it would be good to start a new thread topic which discussed the cars which ran under the Todco and McConnell Racing banners.

Todco was the racing team started by John Todds and Craig Fisher was the driver for the team when they started the '69 Trans-Am season at the Wolverine Trans-Am. The car they started the season with was white with a black hood and trunk, then in mid-season Fisher appears in a silver Camaro Z/28 with black stripes. At the end of the season, Fisher is driving a dark blue Camaro with red wheels and a red roll cage.

Ken, can you tell us a little bit about what you did while working for Todco and can you fill us in on the car or cars that you used during the 1969 season?


Photo by Ron Lathrop


2297  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: January 31, 2012, 11:26:52 PM
Ken, thanks a lot for signing up for the forum and we look forward to being able to ask you some questions about Todco Racing.
2298  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: January 31, 2012, 09:21:57 PM
I think you are talking 15x8 Corvette rally wheels, right? Those are not too hard to come by but you may want to do a better job of welding the center section to the rim.
2299  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: January 31, 2012, 09:17:29 PM
Great stuff. Thanks for sharing those.
2300  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: January 31, 2012, 03:15:10 PM
Dick Lang's well-prepared Camaro.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Camaro of Bob Grossman has Fred Baker's Porsche hot on its heels.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Bill Ortega from Equador in a T/G prepared Firebird.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Jerry Titus' Firebird has Minilite wheels on in this photo.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Titus' car has American 200-S mags in this shot that shows him under hard braking on the infield part of the track.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Titus leads the Firebird of Larry Harley and Brad Dunn.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dick Brown's Gagnon Spring Firebird shows some battle scars.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The '68 Mustang of Dean Gregson.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2301  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: rare 1967 z28 302 engine on: January 31, 2012, 01:07:13 PM
... the block was decked for more performance so the numbers up front are missing.

You got yourself a little hp and lost a bunch of value in return.
2302  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: January 31, 2012, 11:36:12 AM
Thanks for the input. Was Tullius' Javelin truly considered a "factory team" car or was he considered a "privateer"? He seems to have gotten a lot of attention at this race from the AMC officials and crew members.
2303  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: January 31, 2012, 11:31:10 AM
Thanks for the input, Gary. We'd enjoy seeing whatever you're willing to share with us.
2304  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: January 30, 2012, 07:59:20 PM

2305  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Inside the Cars of the Trans-Am" and other articles on: January 30, 2012, 06:07:53 PM


Jon Mello Collection
2306  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: January 30, 2012, 05:36:42 PM
Well, I got a surprise email today from Jerry Melton telling me he found more images from the
1969 Wolverine Trans-Am in an unexpected place so I will post them now. Thanks a lot, Jerry!

Tullius' Javelin on the approach to the banked oval.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Tullius' Javelin on the infield part of the track.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Javelin of Ted Roberts. This was one of the AMC factory team cars during the '68 season.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Harry T's Alfa on the the banking heading toward the main grandstands.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The aftermath of the Horst Kwech crash.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The man who was sitting in the car with his wife understandably did not survive the impact.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The front end of another Javelin situated nearby.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Mustang was also severely damaged. I don't know if this car got repaired later or scrapped.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Another look at the Mustang damage.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Catalina wagon in the background may be an ambulance on the way to the crash site.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Larry Bock's '68 Camaro on the infield portion of the track.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Mark Donohue's Camaro.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Rusty Jowett's Camaro coming up onto the banking.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2307  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Inside the Cars of the Trans-Am" and other articles on: January 30, 2012, 01:33:38 AM
Also from the May 9, 1970 issue of CP&A.








Jon Mello Collection
2308  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Inside the Cars of the Trans-Am" and other articles on: January 30, 2012, 01:18:48 AM
From the May 9, 1970 issue of Competition Press & Autoweek, courtesy of Craig Wheeldon.








2309  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photo Gallery for A/Sedan and A-B/Production cars on: January 30, 2012, 12:47:03 AM
Waterford Regional 1968. Big-block Corvette

Photo by Jerry Melton

Waterford Regional 1968. Another view of the same car.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Waterford Regional 1968. Big-block coupe vs small-block roadster.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Waterford Regional 1968. Fully accessorized Mustang.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Waterford Regional 1968.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Waterford Regional 1969.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2310  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Rest in Peace, Bob Tucker on: January 28, 2012, 02:55:45 AM
I got some very sad news today that Bob Tucker of Orlando, FL passed away this week. Bob was a very special
person, a true Southern Gentleman, but a fierce competitor on the drag strip and a very talented mechanic and
fabricator. He raced one of the extremely rare '63 Z11 427 Impalas which had many wins and held many records.
He also raced a ZL1 Camaro and built another one for drag racing. He built too many cars to fully mention here
but of pertinent interest is that he is the one that built and prepared the Joie Chitwood Camaro for Trans-Am
racing. I was very pleased and fortunate to be able to record a conversation with him discussing the very build
of that car. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Ann who just this week sent me a wonderful photo CD
filled with photos of Bob's cars when I'm sure she had many other things on her mind. Two very special people.
God bless them both.







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