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2296  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Craig Fisher, Trans-Am racer on: December 30, 2011, 02:01:07 AM
After driving Camaros for Roger Penske, Fisher raced this Firebird sponsored by Robert Gagnon during the '68 season.

Craig Fisher Collection

He moved on to a Todco Camaro in 1969.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

For the first few races on the 1970 season, he raced a year-old Firebird, then switched over to the U-2 ranks to race this Fiat-Abarth.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2297  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28 on: December 30, 2011, 01:27:01 AM
Thanks guys
2298  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Craig Fisher, Trans-Am racer on: December 30, 2011, 01:25:19 AM
Craig Fisher's original Camaro race car. This was bought new by Terry Godsall through Gorries Chevrolet in Toronto and is the
14th Z-28 on Vince Piggins' list. It was painted up to look like the Black Panther models that the dealership was promoting.
This photo was taken at the Green Valley Trans-Am in April, 1967.

Craig Fisher photo

This is the same car as seen at Lime Rock. An accident at St Jovite, the week prior, wiped out the RS grille and valance panels and the car was repainted.

Craig Fisher photo
2299  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Interview with Craig Fisher, Trans-Am racer on: December 30, 2011, 12:54:18 AM
When Craig Fisher was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1997, he was interviewed by John Hopkins for Inside Track Motorsport News.
Below is some rare insight into the racing life of Craig Fisher, the first person to win points for both Chevrolet and Pontiac in the Trans-Am series.






2300  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 45th anniversary of the first Z-28 on: December 29, 2011, 06:38:52 PM
According to a letter between Vince Piggins and Joe Pike in early January 1967, the first Z-28 rolled down the assembly line on December 29th, 1966.
Since today marks the 45th anniversary of that event, here are some photos of the car as it is undergoing restoration back to when it Trans-Am raced.


Photo by Jon Mello


Photo by Jon Mello


Photo by Jon Mello
2301  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Crane Cams and Crane "Super Port Flow" heads on: December 29, 2011, 12:12:08 PM
Thanks for the links to the photos, Chad. Great stuff!

Here are some more pages from a later year Crane catalog, courtesy of Frank Dihartce. Thank you, Frank!








2302  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: YouTube (or other) videos of early Trans-Am racing on: December 29, 2011, 11:54:34 AM
Chad Raynal pointed these out to me. Great footage of the '68 Sebring 12-hour race which included the Trans-Am cars. The second race on the Trans-Am schedule that year.

First segment of 1968 12 Hours of Sebring coverage: click here.
Some cool Penske, Donohue and other T/A coverage, and some hood open shots of "the lightweight" beginning at the 14:03 mark (not very clear).
Second segment of 1968 12 Hours of Sebring coverage: click here
A great T/A winner interview beginning at the 8:00 mark.

2303  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Crane Cams and Crane "Super Port Flow" heads on: December 29, 2011, 02:49:09 AM
Thanks, Chad. I thought you might like that. I also thought that might be a Cougar Trans-Am engine but they did run a 2x4 carb and manifold set-up in '67. I guess this could have been before the season started and before paperwork had been filed with the SCCA/FIA to legalize those pieces.
2304  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Crane Cams and Crane "Super Port Flow" heads on: December 29, 2011, 12:33:24 AM
Thanks, Chad. Here are some more pages from the '67 catalog.





















2305  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: December 27, 2011, 10:58:57 PM
The Daytona 24-Hour race was an international endurance race which was not a part of the Trans-Am series. The only
exception to that was in 1968 when the Trans-Am cars were included and the race was actually part of the Trans-Am
schedule that year. This patch is from that 1968 era.


Jon Mello Collection
2306  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Crane Cams and Crane "Super Port Flow" heads on: December 27, 2011, 10:44:16 PM
Here are some pages from the 1967 Crane Cams catalog. It is interesting to note that not only did Crane offer cams and
all the various valvetrain components, they also offered fully-prepped ported and polished cylinder heads. These could
be off-the-shelf or you could supply your own. These "Super Port Flow" heads are also referred to as "Fireball" heads.













2307  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 25, 2011, 02:37:07 AM
Below are some photos from the Green Valley Raceway "Polar Prix" in February, 1965, when Carroll Shelby introduced the racing GT-350 with Ken Miles.
Jerry Melton says:  "I couldn't get very close again that year.   My corner work (flag station) didn't start until the next season.  For the duel between Charlie
Barnes' Merlyn and Miles I was at the 180 degree turn at the top of the hill.  Miles would hug the inside, drag racing out and down the straightaway (which
was a dragstrip) while Barnes made a wide, smooth outside parabola.  It was a very tight contest.  My fuzzy memory has it that Barnes won... but maybe not.
Shelby American members will surely have the answer."

A jovial Carroll Shelby, at right, talks with bundled up spectators prior to the race.

Photo by Jerry Melton

A closer shot of Carroll.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The new GT350 at speed out on the track. In 1965, the direction of the course was clockwise.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here's racing great Ken Miles powering out of the 180 degree turn and starting down the long drag race straight.

Photo by Jerry Melton

A dramatic shot here. Down toward the end of the long straight is a hump which clearly got all four of the Shelby's tires off the ground.


Here's Ken Miles on the inside line coming out of the 180 and battling with Charlie Barnes' Merlyn sports racer.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2308  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 24, 2011, 04:31:32 PM
A map of the Green Valley Raceway circuit. The map says one lap is 2.1 miles but elsewhere I have seen it
listed as a 1.58 mile track. This would make more sense based on the lap times and speeds.


Courtesy of Jerry Melton
2309  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: December 24, 2011, 03:36:15 PM
Thanks for posting that, Robert.

Clicking here will take you directly to the auction.

Here are some vintage photos of the Jerry Petersen car...


Lance Smith Collection


Lance Smith Collection


Lance Smith Collection


Lance Smith Collection

For more information, Contact: Lance Smith, San Diego, CA
215-880-7622, 619-523-2009 shop
racerods@yahoo.com

UPDATE: LOOKS LIKE IT SOLD FOR $110K
2310  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 24, 2011, 02:38:04 AM
Jerry Melton went through his files today and with luck was able to come up with a race report covering from the February 12-13 "Polar Prix" at Green Valley and a few more pictures from the event.













Here is international racing star Pedro Rodriguez putting in some practice laps in one of the Purple People Eater Mini Coopers
prior to the actual race, when he switched over to run one of the Shelby GT350 Mustangs.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here is Bill Steele in the GT350 that Pedro would take over.

Photo by Jerry Melton

This is Jerry Titus behind the wheel of the Shelby team's GT350.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Another shot of Titus in the GT350, this from the negative rather than the print.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here's Pedro in the Shelby after Bill Steele backed out.

Photo by Jerry Melton
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