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2416  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 28, 2011, 12:26:15 PM
Once again, we have more racing photographs taken by Ron Lathrop but this time at the June 7th, 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am near Lexington, Ohio. 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. Mid-Ohio was a challenging course that had been on the Trans-Am schedule beginning in 1967. 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!

The race weekend was extremely tough on man and machine alike. Ed Leslie's Camaro, George Follmer's Boss 302 and
Peter Revson's Javelin all blew engines and had to have them replaced before the race even started. Here you can see
the Revson Javelin jacked up with the oil lines undone, in preparation of removal of the blown powerplant.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Traco engine man Jim "Crabby" Travers, who flew out from L.A., has not had his mood lightened by the development.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

The Owens-Corning Camaro team (semi trailer in the background) would have the weekend from hell. The windshield of the #4 Jerry Thompson car
was smashed by a loose tire inside the trailer on the trip down. He then went out after getting that repaired and lost his brakes on the back straight
(at 145mph!), demolishing his car. Amazingly, Jerry was unhurt. Tony DeLorenzo then took his car out and had the same thing happen in the same spot.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here, the Owens-Corning crew have removed the heavily damaged front fender from DeLorenzo's car in an attempt to get
the car in good enough shape to enter the race. 200 Owens-Corning execs came down to the race only to see this happen.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Four hours of repairs, including much hammer wielding on this front fender, got his car to the grid on time.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2417  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Marshall Robbins - Carl Shafer on: August 27, 2011, 01:38:39 PM
It is very tough to lose a close friend and especially a family member, especially when they are young like that. There is no doubt about that.

I have looked through all the Road America negatives I have and unfortunately was not able to find anything pertaining to the Dunbar Corvettes or Camaro. I would think my brother might have something but I have tried in vain for several years to borrow any of it from him. Maybe somebody else will be able to come up with something as more people look in on this thread.
2418  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Marshall Robbins - Carl Shafer on: August 26, 2011, 08:31:19 AM
I'm glad those things I posted about Bill Petree were new to you and that you enjoyed them. It's sad to hear of Max Lagod's passing at just 41 years old. He was a fine racer and 2-time SCCA GT-1 Champion. My condolences go out to Max's family.
2419  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Watkins Glen TransAm pix on: August 25, 2011, 10:06:32 PM
Thanks for letting us know, Ron. Hopefully the photographer will include more photos of some of the other cars which were entered.
2420  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sunoco fueling rig on: August 25, 2011, 09:49:40 PM
Mike, I appreciate the kind words. I think everyone who signs up and posts here has got the same kind of passion for this as I do. There are a significant number of car enthusiast forums where there is bickering, sniping, foul language, etc. I'm very pleased that this forum has not gone in that direction and in fact I won't let it. I appreciate everyone's contributions and I hope they appreciate mine. I don't pretend to know it all and always enjoy finding out or seeing something new. Many thanks to you for taking the time to detail your modeling efforts. They are very well researched and executed and, as such, are truly appreciated.
2421  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing seats on: August 25, 2011, 09:33:41 PM
Warren Fairbanks' '67 Z-28 used a seat from a Shelby Cobra since Warren had raced a Cobra previously and liked the seat.
Warren's car is currently owned by Ron Tribble, who races it in West Coast Historic Trans-Am events.

2422  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Marshall Robbins - Carl Shafer on: August 25, 2011, 09:19:17 PM
Looks like Blackhawk Farms. I went to most if not all of the races there in the 1970-1974 timeframe. I'll see if I can find anything.

In the meantime, here are some things from the 1969 ARRC race featuring your Camaro when Bill Petree was driving it.

2423  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Monterey "Historics" on: August 25, 2011, 07:45:42 AM
Very nice to meet you as well, John. It was a great weekend.
2424  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rusty Jowett's 1968 Camaro Trans-Am Race Car on: August 25, 2011, 07:44:01 AM
Thank you to Pat Hogan for sharing those with us, and thank you Chad for posting them.
2425  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 25, 2011, 07:42:14 AM
You're welcome, Bob. We owe a debt of gratitude to Ron Lathrop for sharing those wonderful photos with us. Hopefully you have had a chance to look at Ron's photos from the Bryar and Michigan Trans-Am events as well. They are also outstanding.
2426  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Marshall Robbins - Carl Shafer on: August 25, 2011, 07:38:24 AM
Thanks a lot for posting those photos, Scott. As Chad suggests, it would be nice to see the car get properly brought back to life using as much of the original car as possible rather than cutting out the serial numbers and attaching them to another body.
2427  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Marshall Robbins - Carl Shafer on: August 24, 2011, 08:36:48 AM
If I knew how, I could post a couple of "Post Crash" photos of the car...

When you go to post a reply, there's a place at the bottom that says "Attach:" and to the right of that there is a little box that says "Browse..."
Click on the Browse box and find the picture file on your computer that you want to post. When you double click on that file it will attach it to your reply message.
To add a second photo (or more), click on "more attachments" to the right of "Browse..." and you should be able to do the same thing as above.
Then click "Post" at the bottom of the page after you have included any message that you want to accompany the photos. Let me know if that doesn't work for you.
2428  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Front sway bars on: August 23, 2011, 10:52:37 PM
Here are some photos of the sway bar bushing on Vic Edelbrock's Smokey car...

2429  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Marshall Robbins - Carl Shafer on: August 23, 2011, 09:51:11 PM
The original double-adjustable Konis are a very good shock and hard to find these days. To my understanding, the body shell of the Camaro has been severely damaged as a result of that 1984 crash but it was not discarded. Is that correct?
2430  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 23, 2011, 09:40:41 PM
Bruce, I stand corrected. The photos with the NNJR stickers are from the Lime Rock, CT race on May 30, 1969.
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