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2311  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 23, 2011, 07:59:23 PM
Green Valley Trans-Am race report from the June '67 issue of SCCA Sports Car magazine.


Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection
2312  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 67 Metallic brakes on: December 23, 2011, 01:31:54 AM
Bill,

I remember hearing that story about your calipers, probably from Jerry. When Fred Hucke and I had J56 calipers done by Lonestar about a year ago they recounted that they had only seen 1 set of these before and I immediately knew whose calipers they were talking about.
2313  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 22, 2011, 04:24:21 PM
Green Valley Trans-Am race report from Sports Car Graphic magazine, July 1967.


Jon Mello Collection



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2314  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 22, 2011, 04:19:28 PM
This tongue-in-cheek ad in Sports Car Graphic shows how badly damaged Jerry Titus' Mustang was after his rollover
accident during practice before the Trans-Am. Amazingly, the car was repaired overnight and it made the race.

Jon Mello Collection
2315  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1967 upper control arm shaft. on: December 22, 2011, 01:12:48 AM
Thanks for the input, Mike. Being a West Coast guy, I have not seen the same amount of NOR cars as I have of the LOS cars. If there are truly '67 NOR cars that did use the second style such as the one shown in my NOS part photo, then I will have to stand corrected on that. Maybe it is one more thing to add to the CRG topics of research. The threaded shafts with the nuts on the end are not an original style part for a 1st-gen Camaro however.

P.S. To clarify, a '67 LOS car does not have to have two different styles of a-arm cross shafts. They can both be the same style side-to-side or they can be mismatched. It just depended what was there in the bin at the time the car was being built.
2316  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1967 upper control arm shaft. on: December 21, 2011, 06:35:49 PM
NOS Camaro a-arm cross shafts offered as service replacement pieces. OK to use as original style on a '67 LOS car but not the style used on a '67 NOR car.
2317  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1967 upper control arm shaft. on: December 21, 2011, 06:33:23 PM
Original shafts on a 12C-built LOS car.
2318  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1967 upper control arm shaft. on: December 21, 2011, 06:30:44 PM
If you are restoring a '67 NOR car, you need to use the dumb bell style (some people call them the dog bone style) cross shaft. The top one in your original photo. Both the top and middle style in your original picture have been seen on original '67 LOS cars. I have seen many original '67 LOS cars which had for example the dumb bell style on the driver's side and the middle style on the passenger side. I have never seen that lower style one in your original photo on an unmolested '67 Camaro. It is an unoriginal, incorrect piece. For functionality, it apparently works. If you are going for originality, toss that thing in the trash and find a nice used original dumb bell style cross shaft.
2319  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 21, 2011, 05:01:15 PM
Here are two more photos that Jerry Melton sent me which don't belong with the Green Valley Trans-Am images.
I assume they are from another event at the Green Valley track.

This first photo is of the Alfa GTA belonging to Hal Mayfield. This is the same car that Jochen Rindt drove to victory
in the 1966 Sebring Trans-Am. Mayfield does not show up in the entry list or results of the '66 Green Valley Trans-Am.

Photo by Jerry Melton

This second photo shows Jerry Titus sitting in a Shelby GT350, which was not eligible to use in the Trans-Am series.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2320  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1967 upper control arm shaft. on: December 21, 2011, 04:40:24 PM
I have owned a fair number of '67 LOS cars and seen a ton of them over the years since I live on the West Coast. On '67 LOS cars it is not uncommon at all to see mismatched shafts from one side to the other. The dumb bell shaped one at the top is most common (and is what you see all the time on the NOR cars) but the style like what you show in the middle is the other style which I have seen as factory installed. However, the factory ones have GM cast on them with a series of numbers after that. These are what you most often get when you find NOS replacements but rest assured they were also factory installed (but only on '67 LOS cars as far as I have been able to tell). That shaft on the bottom is not a '67 Camaro piece. It looks similar to a 2nd-gen Camaro shaft with the nut being installed on the threaded shaft rather than a bolt threading into a tapped hole, which is how the 1st-gen cars were done. Is the center-to-center distance between the two holes the same on the bottom one as it is for the others? Your picture gives me the impression that the holes in the bottom shaft are just slightly further apart than the other two.
2321  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 20, 2011, 11:54:58 PM
Competition Press race report for Green Valley courtesy of Ron Lathrop. Thank you, Ron!















2322  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 19, 2011, 11:49:45 PM
Thanks for the compliments, guys.


Close up of Horst Kwech in the Alfa GTA. He and John Pauly's Porsche had a hard fought duel for the win in the second half of the race.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Horst Kwech's teammate Monty Winkler. This looks like it might be the car Kwech usually drives due to the kangaroo on the door.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Bob Johnson has the throttle buried on his Mustang as he blasts down the main straight.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here's Jim Kaufman behind the wheel of Milt Minter's Mustang after relieving him for heat exhaustion.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dale Wood's Mustang did not make it to the finish.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Fred Baker has John Pauly's white Porsche breathing down his neck. Pauly would go on to win the U-2 class.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Freddy Van Beuren's Mustang ran well. Finished 8th overall.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Tony Adamowicz finished 7th in U-2, 14th overall. The highest placing of the Ford Cortinas.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Charlie Barnes was 8th in U-2, 16th overall.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Craig Fisher's car did not finish the race but made it to lap 115 before the fuel system got clogged.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here's our race winner, Dan Gurney.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Another shot of Dan with the trophy.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Parnelli Jones, post race. Possibly signing an autograph.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Gurney and Jones finished 1-2 in a dominating performance that had been expected in the first two races but never materialized.
Because of the grueling heat and the pressure from Parnelli, Gurney called this one of the most satisfying wins of his career.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2323  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 18, 2011, 07:29:38 PM
The pits were along the inside of the main straight, on the opposite side of where the spectators were.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The heat and humidity took a toll on Jerry Titus and he gave up the lead on lap 40 to come in and get doused with
water and ice for about 2 1/2 minutes before heading out again.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Parnelli Jones' Cougar took over the lead after Titus' pit stop but he came in shortly thereafter for a pit stop of his own.
He had trouble restarting the car, which put him nearly a lap down.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dan Gurney took over the lead after Parnelli's pit stop and never gave it up.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Bill Steele's Porsche 911.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Richard McDaniel's Mini Cooper S. He would go on to race a Titus-built Firebird in 1969.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Bob Grossman's Mustang.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Mark Donohue's Camaro seems to be running smaller rear tires than other guys. I am taking a guess that he may have not had
the right gear ratio for the track so he went with a lower profile tire to help get more low end oomph out of the corners.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Milt Minter also suffered heat exhaustion and had to be replaced later in the race by Jim Kaufman.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Tullius' apparently mortally wounded Dart gets parked on the inside of corner 2 on lap 88, ending his day.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2324  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 18, 2011, 12:08:21 PM
The Terry Godsall owned Camaro Z-28 driven by Craig Fisher. This car is the 14th Z-28 built. Note the huge 40-gallon
gas tank (not a fuel cell) sticking out underneath which was in place for Daytona and Sebring. SCCA made the team
reduce the capacity of the tank so they used plastic balls in the tank to take up the extra capacity. Unfortunately, mid-
way through the race the plastic turned to goo and clogged up the carburetor.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Lotus Cortina of Charlie Barnes.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Allan Moffatt in the Ford-backed Lotus Cortina.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Jerry Titus' Mustang shows signs of the damage which happened when he rolled his car in practice the previous day.

Photo by Jerry Melton

A rear shot of the Barnes Cortina where you can see it is a RHD car.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Jim Baker's Alfa GTA.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Horst Kwech is continuing his strong run in his Alfa.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dick Thompson cut the fastest lap of the race but had the coil wire come off during the race and it cost him three laps
before getting the problem rectified.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dan Gurney in the Bud Moore Cougar.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Mustang of John McComb from Hutchinson, KS. This is one of the '66 Shelby-built "Group II" cars.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2325  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 18, 2011, 02:15:42 AM
The 1967 Z-28 driven by Vick Campbell of Tulsa, OK. The wheels on the back of the car were manufactured by Creitz.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The gold and black Camaro of Charlie Kolb and Fred Baker.

Photo by Jerry Melton

One of the top under-2-liter competitors, Horst Kwech and his Alfa Romeo GTA. He led the U-2 class for the first 60 laps.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Joe Starkey driving one of the Ford factory-backed Cortinas in the U-2 class.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Jim Baker from Atlanta, GA was the driver of this Alfa. Paul Richards was his co-driver.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Del Taylor and Bob Pratt co-drove this Alfa GTA.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Bob Tullius had the only Mopar at this event. He made the trip out to Texas from Falls Church, VA.
His Dart won the first Trans-Am race of the '67 season at Daytona when most of the heavy hitters broke.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Bob Grossman's Mustang. Bob made the long trip out from New Jersey.

Photo by Jerry Melton

California-based Ron Dykes in the Hilton Racing Team Mustang. He lost a wheel and later broke his front suspension.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Bill Steele's Porsche lifts its front wheel pretty high in the air.

Photo by Jerry Melton
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