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2416  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: August 15, 2011, 03:28:11 PM
Thank you, Mike. I think those documents are quite useful.

Contact info for TPR, Inc can be found at http://www.tpr-inc.com/contact.asp
2417  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: A few different Cross Rams from the 2007 Camaro Nats display on: August 15, 2011, 01:20:19 PM
I heard the seminar was pretty good and I believe there was a video made of it. Has anybody seen it?
2418  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: August 15, 2011, 01:18:00 PM
Thanks for the update. Interesting insight into the thinking concerning the Firebird project. I appreciate seeing some of what you're working on with the '67 too. Looks like a lot of things coming together at one time but it is clear that "the wheels are turning" regarding planning ahead.

As for the '69 car, it's looking good. I wanted to bring to your attention that the removal of the headlights and covering the hole with a flat plate did not begin until the 1970 season. Hence, the stock headlights were still in the '69 cars but covered with sticky-back vinyl or tape.
2419  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 15, 2011, 10:09:06 AM
Magazine coverage of the '69 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am, courtesy of Ron Lathrop. Thank you again, Ron!


August 1969 Car and Driver



August 1969 Sports Car Graphic







September 1969 Road and Track





A map of the track showing the turn numbers (in red ink).

1971 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am program
2420  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 15, 2011, 07:56:50 AM
Thanks, Steve. I appreciate the compliment (and those of others as well). I have been very fortunate to have had help on this forum from a number of sources but Ron Lathrop of course has been a HUGE help in taking what is done here to "another level". I can't say beyond what I hoped because I hoped BIG when I got this started.  Grin   Ron just helped get us there much quicker than I figured and for that, I am extremely grateful. (Thank you, Ron!!!)

As for the Yenko car, yes it is the one that Smokey built in '67 and it is the same car driven by Don when he won the Citrus 250 Nascar GT race in '69 (where Parnelli Jones debuted the Bud Moore Boss 302).

I don't really understand why Bud Moore switched the usage of his various style of mags around. Maybe someone else has an idea? I think there was concern about the American mags being more prone to breakage than the Minilites but if so, why use them at all if your worried?

I have seen the Firebirds with spoilers at some of the other T/A events. I'm not sure why they aren't on there for the Mid-Ohio event. Yes, Mid-Ohio was a relatively narrow and definitely challenging course. It sure looks like a fun place from the viewpoint of being a spectator and I think the drivers like the course also.
2421  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 14, 2011, 11:35:42 PM
Another shot of Fred Baker's Porsche, 2nd place in U-2.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here is your race winner. Ron Bucknum won it by using a fuel conservation strategy pitting only twice instead of everyone else's
three times. He beat Parnelli to 100 completed laps by 13.1 seconds. This was the first win of the 1969 season for the Camaro.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli's 2nd place car.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

George Follmer drove to 3rd overall, also on lap 100.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Peter Revson finished a solid 4th overall, one lap down.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ron Grable quietly had a good run, finishing 5th, also one lap down.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Donohue ended up finishing 7th overall due to the lost time in the pits changing the front wheel bearing. He completed 97 laps.

Photo by Ron Lathrop


Photo by Dave Arnold
2422  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 14, 2011, 11:24:19 PM
Revson, Pickett and Donohue come through turn 8, headed for 9.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Follmer's battered Mustang and the Porsche of Bob Bailey/Jim Locke.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Rusty Jowett's Camaro leads Don Yenko and Horst Kwech.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Martin, Revson and Donohue.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli Jones and Robert Barg approaching turn 12 and The Chute.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Mark Donohue, also at the same general place.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Vic Provenzano's Alfa Romeo.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Fred Baker's Porsche would finish second in U-2, 12th overall. Peter Gregg won U-2 class in 11th overall. Both ran
94 out of 100 laps. The #72 Hol-Arc Firebird was driven by Brad Dunn.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Jim Harrell's Mustang was classified DNF after running 90 laps.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2423  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 14, 2011, 11:07:38 PM
Peter Revson slides it through turn 8.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Wayne Allen/Nick Engles, Ronnie Bucknum, and Jerry Peterson come down the hill from 7 to turn 8.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ron Grable leads a mixed group into turn 8.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Larry Harley's Firebird looks much better with the front grille and sheetmetal intact...

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Jerry Titus exits turn 8.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Looking back at turn 8 from under the Valvoline bridge.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Vic Provenzano and Mark Donohue.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

A look through the trees up to turn 7.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Also looking up at turn 7.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Gary Wright's Porsche leads others through 8.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

John Martin ahead of Ron Grable.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2424  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 14, 2011, 10:49:58 PM
COLOR GALLERY

Revson oversteers through turn 6 chasing Ron Grable.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Jerry Titus blasts through turn 7.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

John Martin ran well early but ended up a DNF with suspension problems.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Vic Provenzano's Alfa ran with the front running Porsches in U-2 until he broke a valve spring.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

George Follmer

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Peter Revson

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Levester Lewis' Camaro gets a wheel off into the dirt rounding turn 8.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Dick Lang's Camaro between the two Bud Moore Mustangs.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

The front of the U-2 pack comes roaring around turn 7...

Photo by Ron Lathrop

...then is seen going to the left around turn 9 where they will soon get a bit airborne.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2425  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 14, 2011, 08:00:50 PM
John Martin passes under the bridge heading into turn 1.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Larry Harley, driving Rick McDaniel's car, has taken off the front grille in a collision with another car.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Peter Revson is running up in 4th place on lap 60.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Peter Gregg is running in 2nd place in the U-2 class at this point.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Donohue is trying to work his way back through the pack but he's too many laps down.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Rusty Jowett tucks inside Ron Hunter's Javelin.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli Jones and Jerry Titus.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Wilbur Pickett's Porsche disappears around turn 1.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Rusty Jowett is running in 8th and Minter is behind him by many laps.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2426  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 14, 2011, 07:32:02 PM
After 60 laps, Parnelli Jones is running in first place.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Bucknum has a firm hold on 2nd place at this point.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Titus' Firebird is well off the pace due to so much time in the pits to replace the transmission.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Horst Kwech is also far back in the pack due to rearend replacement, costing him 6 laps that he never made up.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Milt Minter had to have an axle replaced, which also moved him well back.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2427  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Looking for 1968 302 Camaro, Sequoia Green on: August 14, 2011, 06:59:44 PM
Post some pictures of the car, Dan. That would probably be of help.
2428  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 14, 2011, 06:56:54 PM
"Accoutrements", Part Trois

Self explanatory

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Makes me think of Bob Tullius and Group 44, but he wasn't here.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Bruce Jennings occasionally drove with Jim Hall on the Chaparral team so this stuff is most likely his.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Two groups of 4 each. Alfa lug nuts?

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Neat old Wards Riverside Marine battery. That Pepsi cup takes me back...

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Some used and abused Goodyears.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Goodyear rain tires mounted and ready in case the weather changes.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Taped together lug nuts. I hope somebody doesn't need those in a hurry.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Oh boy! Another wagon!

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Apparently somebody couldn't afford to spring for the racing motor oil.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ford, of course, paid zero attention to the AMA's racing ban and had an overt presence at the track. I sure wish GM acted the same way back then.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2429  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 14, 2011, 05:40:56 PM
Judy Stropus (seated at table) and others involved with Penske's timing & scoring. Bucknum has moved up to 2nd place!

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Probably a good vantage point for viewing the race.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

If you don't have a bus, improvise!

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Doggone tripod...

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2430  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 14, 2011, 05:18:18 PM
Ron Hunter's Javelin and Levester Lewis' Camaro running down the main straight show their battle scars.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Levester Lewis brings his Camaro into the pits on lap 41 with a blown transmission. His day is done.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Trouble for Mark Donohue on lap 46. His left front wheel bearing is toast and needs to be replaced.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

I guess these guys are somehow involved in that. The guy with the gray sideburns looks like he may be racer Bob Johnson,
from Columbus, Ohio. Bob did occasionally drive for Roger Penske.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Front brake pad does not have the usual L-shaped cross section seen on heavy-duty J56 replacement part.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Topping off the tank. The 8-minute stop for repair moves Donohue back to 21st place.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
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