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2326  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 25, 2011, 01:54:44 PM
Glad you enjoyed those, Robert. A couple of years ago, somebody from Peter's race team had a factory '67 Camaro rear sway bar setup that he was selling. I didn't buy it but maybe somebody else did.

Here are some more Road America photos taken by Ron. These were taken by him in July '69 while attending the Continental (open wheel) race. Those that are familiar with the track can tell which corners are which. I may try and identify some a little later for those that have never been there. This track was full of natural beauty back then. Still a great track but now with concrete and catch fences.

I suddenly have the urge for a bratwurst and some corn-on-the-cob. Grin


Photo by Ron Lathrop


Photo by Ron Lathrop


Photo by Ron Lathrop


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Photo by Ron Lathrop


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Photo by Ron Lathrop


Photo by Ron Lathrop


Photo by Ron Lathrop


Photo by Ron Lathrop
2327  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Early 2nd gen anyone know of this car? on: October 25, 2011, 01:39:13 PM
Sorry, I can't help with this one. I'm not a big 2nd-gen fan and never saw this one when it came up on ebay. Maybe somebody else here might have some info.
2328  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 10:42:38 PM




































2329  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 06:21:45 PM
More info on the Historic Trans-Am website.

Jimmy Castle owns the Jim Hall Chaparral Camaro.
Bruce Canepa owns the Penske Javelin.
Andy Boone owns the Swede Savage AAR Cuda.
Ken Epsman owns the Sam Posey Challenger.
Harry Lipetz owns Parnelli's Boss 302.
2330  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 04:19:06 PM
Roger Penske gives Donohue the E-Z sign. Save the equipment, the race is in the bag.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here's Donohue taking the chequered flag for the win.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Savage takes second. (That's Dan Spiegel's Chevy II behind him, currently owned by Mark Mountanos)

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Posey takes the flag for third.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Hall finishes a solid fourth. This was Jim Hall's last race. He hired Vic Elford to drive his car for the rest of the season
while he concentrated on being the team manager. Probably not a bad plan since Vic won two races later at Watkins Glen.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli comes home in fifth place. (That's Warren Fairbanks' car in front of him, currently owned by Ron Tribble)

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2331  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 03:48:20 PM
Here are some pit stop sequence shots for Sam Posey and in the later frames Swede Savage also pits.

Without further ado, heeeeere's Sammy!

Photo by Ron Lathrop



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Photo by Ron Lathrop

Savage coming in now and Mo Carter going by on the main straight.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

... and away we go!

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Notice the inside wear on one of Savage's tires. The one in the background appears to have no tread left at all.

Photo by Ron Lathrop



Photo by Ron Lathrop
2332  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 02:56:43 PM
Here's race leader Mark Donohue.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

We see here that Swede Savage did indeed get past Sam Posey for second place.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Moving over to turn 5, we see Savage turning the corner with Sam Posey not too far behind.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli has closed up on Jim Hall but would end up taking two more pit stops for various maladies.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here's Mark cutting through turn 5 as well.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Sam Posey gets the signal to come in for gas next time around. This is the RA main straight which you can see has an uphill slope to it.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2333  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 12:25:01 PM
Here's Jerry Thompson coming through turn 13. That bridge abutment to our viewing left is where Jerry Titus
had his terrible accident on the previous day during practice. Tragically, Jerry died 17 days later on August 5,
1970 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Milwaukee from the injuries he sustained in that accident. He was 41 years old.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Continuing with our narrative, Ed Leslie's Camaro lost its engine on lap 25.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Yep, it smoking Ed. Better pull that thing off the track.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ted Robert lost his Javelin engine a lap later.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

As a result of oil on the track, Sam Posey spun out, allowing Savage to close in on him. They had a fierce battle
which Savage won, taking command of second place on lap 27.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

A second pit stop for PJ on lap 25 has dropped him from fourth to sixth.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Jim Hall has been quietly having a good run and I believe he is running in fourth at this point.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2334  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 11:27:48 AM
CLOSE-UP GALLERY II
These appear to be taken during the race based on the condition of Ed Leslie's body panels.

Ed Leslie

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Sam Posey

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Swede Savage

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Mark Donohue

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Jim Hall

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli Jones

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Tony DeLorenzo

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ted Roberts

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli Jones

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ed Leslie

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Roy Woods

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Jerry Thompson

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Mark Donohue

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Milt Minter

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2335  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 11:09:47 AM
CLOSE-UP GALLERY
These must have been taken during pre-race practice because Follmer's day ended on lap 1, corner 1.

George Follmer

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Mark Donohue

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Sam Posey

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ed Leslie

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli Jones

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Peter Revson

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Mark Donohue (take 2)

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Jim Hall

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ed Leslie (take 2). Note the neat telemetry data sensor on the front wheel.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2336  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 10:58:13 AM
Thanks, Ron. We both were there so it shouldn't be any mystery to us, but I'll continue on for the sake of our readers. Smiley


Parnelli had to pit on lap 12 due to two punctured tires so Sam Posey is all by his lonesome self in first place.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Donohue's early pit stop for fuel knocked him from third back to sixth place.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

In the meantime, since Mark and PJ pitted, Savage has found himself running second to Posey.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Peter Revson's Javelin comes up on Jerry Lagod's broadsliding Camaro in turn 12. Peter's Javelin broke a driveshaft on lap 13, thus ending his day.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Savage trailed Posey by 25 seconds before both ended up stopping for fuel on lap 18. Their pit stops allowed Donohue
to get by them and lay claim to first place. Race order on lap 20 was Donohue, Posey, Savage, Jones and Minter.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here comes Jim Hall up through Thunder Valley...

Photo by Ron Lathrop

...followed by Sam Posey and John Elliott.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2337  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 5-Liter engine article on: October 24, 2011, 12:18:20 AM
You're welcome. I'm glad that people are finding this stuff interesting and enjoyable.
2338  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 12:12:24 AM
Parnelli Jones' Mustang comes up through Thunder Valley.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Swede Savage follows suit.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here comes Peter Revson in the #9 Javelin.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Donohue leads Minter here but is going to come in for a surprise early pit stop on lap 10. Part of a "secret" Penske race strategy.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Jim Hall's Chaparral Camaro.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2339  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 23, 2011, 11:49:32 PM
Now Savage has gotten by Milt Minter as well.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Peter Revson's Javelin goes by on the inside of somebody's '69 Camaro.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Savage is making up ground and his car appears to be handling in a balanced, neutral manner through Canada Corner.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here's Tony Delorenzo again showing us some oversteer. What some people would call "dirt tracking it".

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Much to his detriment, Peter Schwartzott's Camaro shows us a classic case of understeer.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Not looking like a good day for Peter. He would end up blowing his engine on lap 22.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2340  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 23, 2011, 11:20:27 PM
Warren Fairbanks' '67 Z-28 leads some other "mid-pack" racers through corner 12.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Swede Savage has been driving hard to make up for lost time in the pits. Here it looks like he's gotten past Jim Hall.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Tony DeLorenzo hangs the tail out a little bit in his Owens-Corning sponsored Camaro.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Sam Posey shows a bit of the same style and now he's got some room between him and second place.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Donohue is pressing Parnelli hard to take over second.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
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