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2461  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: November 07, 2011, 12:40:35 AM
Fred, to me it looks like some duct tape that was originally running along the top of the windshield.


Still during Saturday's practice session, the Porsche 911 of Erwin Dollinger and Jim Osborne.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Ron Grable piloting one of the factory-backed Javelins.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dean Gregson's red '68 Mustang.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dean Gregson again.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dean Gregson and Wilbur Pickett's Porsche.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Jim Harrell's Mustang ahead of Mo Carter's Camaro and others.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Horst Kwech in one of the Shelby team cars.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Porsche 911 of Russ Norburn and Pete Feistmann. These guys raced a Shelby Mustang in Trans-Am previously.

Photo by Jerry Melton

A closer look.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Porsche 911 of Peter Gregg.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Peter Revson in the other Shelby team car.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Almost an identical shot.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Bob Tullius in one of the factory Javelins.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Porsche 911 of Herb Wetson and Tony Adamowicz.

Photo by Jerry Melton

William Lowell in an independent '69 Mustang.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2462  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 67 Metallic brakes on: November 07, 2011, 12:12:56 AM
The RPO J56 caliper as used on 205 of the 602 Z-28s built in '67 was a single pin design and externally looked no different than any other 4-piston disc brake caliper used on a '67 production line Camaro. When you removed the disc brake pads, then you could observe the heat insulators on the brake pistons. With that being said, there was an over-the-counter service part available that was a heavier duty verison of this caliper. It had the same heat insulators but the boss for the single pin was machined off and the opening for the disc brake pads was enlarged to accept the twin-pin metallic brake pads used for Corvette racing applications (also denoted as J56). The inner and outer casting halves of the Camaro caliper were drilled to accept the two cotter pins which located these Corvette pads in the Camaro caliper. Extremely rare pieces.

As noted in the '68 Z/28 brochure and a few other places, these are for the 11" rotors (J52 disc/drum), not the 4-wheel disc brake 11.75" rotors.
P/N 5468886   Caliper Assy, Front Disc Brake L.H. (special design)
P/N 5468887   Caliper Assy, Front Disc Brake R.H. (special design)
P/N 5468882   Pads, Caliper (for above) (special material)
2463  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: November 06, 2011, 10:24:18 PM
Jerry Titus in his T-G Firebird.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Notice that the font of the number 27 is not the same style that was used in Sunday's race.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The '67 Camaro of Wayne Allen from Indianapolis, IN.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Don Yenko and Jerry Thompson drove this ex-Smokey Yunick Camaro.

Photo by Jerry Melton



Photo by Jerry Melton
2464  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 67 Metallic brakes on: November 06, 2011, 10:09:24 PM
J56 was a heavy duty brake package available only on the Z28 in '67 and while that included metallic lining for the rear drums it did not include metallic brake pads for the front calipers. What was special about the J56 front calipers was the fact that they had heat insulators on the brake pistons. This kept the brake fluid from boiling under extreme braking conditions such as those experienced in Trans-Am road racing.
2465  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: November 06, 2011, 07:31:04 PM
Bob Grossman's Camaro, prepared by Randy Randazzo. #22 is the Porsche of Jim Netterstrom.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Camaro of J.A. "Jerry" Lagod. (The entry list has a typo which shows the car driver as D.A. Lagod). #54 is Erhard Daum.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Camaro of Dick Lang, a Chevy dealer out of Ohio. Dick was a successful Corvette racer.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The 1967 Z-28 of Levester Lewis. Levester bought this car from Dave Horchler and Dick Hoffman during the winter and got Horchler to co-drive with him at this race.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The T-G Racing Firebird of Milt Minter. Compare the number 37 on the door to what was seen on the car during Sunday's race.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Penske Racing "Sunoco Camaro" of Mark Donohue.

Photo by Jerry Melton

These photos are taken where the infield course transitions back onto the banked oval and heads for the S/F line.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2466  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: November 06, 2011, 07:14:33 PM
We are very fortunate to have received a large selection of racing photographs from Jerry Melton. Jerry attended both Trans-Am races held at Green Valley, Texas and the 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am at Michigan International Speedway. Here's is a short bio about Jerry in his own words.

"I have been a strictly amateur racing photographer from my first days of college in 1962.  After hanging on the spectator fence at Green Valley Raceway in Texas taking photos without a telephoto for a couple of years, I became a corner worker until my move to Detroit Michigan (just in time to be welcomed by the riots that started the mass exodus from the city).  Upon joining the Detroit Region SCCA I was immediately pressed into service as their photographer, thus gaining passes to the races for a number of years until the birth of my son and a second job restricted my weekend commitments.   I continue to be a regular visitor to nearby Waterford Hills Raceway, where one needs no pass to be close to the action.

While in college, I was also a cartoonist for Sports Car Graphic Magazine until Jerry Titus became editor and eliminated ALL cartoons.  Until then the publication had been more of a club racing friendly mag, but Titus wanted to compete with Car & Driver and Road & Track.  So, where's SCG now?

I've been a Public School Art teacher for over 45 years and have long been teaching an added enrichment class in Sports Car Design to 10-14 year olds, where kids create shelf model concept cars from a 2x4 center with 1x3 fenders.  It keeps the job interesting."


Below are photos taken by Jerry at the 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am. This first selection of photos was taken during the Saturday practice session, most of which occured during a heavy downpour. The poor weather kept qualifying speeds way down from what they otherwise would have been. Thank you Jerry for sharing these!

The 1968 Camaro owned by Larry Drover and driven by Larry Bock.

Photo by Jerry Melton



Photo by Jerry Melton



Photo by Jerry Melton

Mo Carter's '68 Camaro

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Firebird of Robert Gagnon, driven by Dick Brown.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Camaro owned by John McConnell, prepared by Todco Racing, and driven by Craig Fisher.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2467  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Slot cars on: November 05, 2011, 11:40:09 PM
I always had Aurora HO slot cars as a kid. Sure had a lot of fun with those way back when. I had always liked the looks of the larger cars in the 1:32 and 1:24 scale but just never had them, probably because the tracks took more room. Several years ago, I bought an old '60s era 1:32 Revell track because I just liked the look of the Revell cars. My son is 9 now and I finally dug out that stuff and set it up today. Good times, once again!



2468  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: October 31, 2011, 04:43:52 PM
Race reports provided by our friend Ron Lathrop. Thank you, Ron!






The caption below is incorrect. It is not the McComb/Booker Mustang. I believe it is the Mustang of Gary Dundas.
















2469  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: October 31, 2011, 04:32:45 PM
Here's Horst Kwech having a strong run in the Alfa, as usual. He and teammate Gus Andrey ended up 2nd overall, first in U-2 class.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Rainville/Johnson Barracuda was leading late in the race but a pit stop for brake and throttle linkage issues dropped them back to a 3rd place finish.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The lights come on as we head into the later stages of the race. Here's the Alfa GTA of Ron Hunter and Noel Armstrong.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Mini Cooper of Bob Reedy and Jim Kaufman.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Mexican team of Felipe Rodriguez and Luis Iglesias make a late pit stop. They would end up 12th overall.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here's your race winner. The John McComb and Brad Booker Mustang. They ended up completing 248 laps and 392 miles.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2470  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: October 31, 2011, 02:53:05 PM

Ruben Novoa co-driving in Fred van Beuren's Mustang would spinout in turn 1 and accidently collide with the second Dos Caballos team
car of Gary Dundas. This put both Mustangs out of the race.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Corvair of Spurgeon May and Jack Clay, both from Mississippi, heads through turn 2. The car DNF'd for unspecified reasons.

Photo by Jerry Melton

This is the Cortina of Charlie Barnes but was driven at this race by Lynn Kysar and Lars Giertz. They would team up to finish 5th overall. Charlie had been asked to co-drive with
Sir John Whitmore (The 1965 European Touring Car Champion) for this race. The Whitmore/Barnes Cortina DNF'd in the first hour after severely damaging its front suspension.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Dodge Dart of Bob Tullius and Tony Adamowicz were the winners of the previous Trans-Am at Marlboro, MD. Here they would do no better than 6th overall.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Mini Cooper S of Chuck Williams and Dr. D.W. Forester ran a good race and finished 8th overall. It was classified as winner of the C-Sedan catagory.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2471  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaffey College and Sam Contino on: October 31, 2011, 02:01:12 PM
Yes, Mike. That's true. They bought it from Tom Wiederhold, who had owned it since 1974. I think the car has gone to a good home.
2472  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: October 31, 2011, 12:38:35 AM
The Pan-American 6-Hour Trans-Am endurance race at Green Valley Raceway in Smithfield, TX was run on Sept. 10, 1966. Each car had to have at least
two drivers because of the time and distance involved. Green Valley was really a drag strip that got occasionally used as a hokey road race track by utilizing
the return road and part of the pit/paddock area to create a circuit.

In '66 you saw a big variety of cars, particularly in the under 2-liter class. There were unusual cars such as Simcas, Sunbeams,
Renaults, Anglias, Fiat Abarths, Cortinas, BMW TISAs, NSUs and Volvos. Also Saab 96s, as seen by the example below.

Photo by Jerry Melton

It was a rainy weekend and the Russ Simon/Bill Steele Alfa Romeo crashed into a tree during practice on Saturday, so it never made the race.

Photo by Jerry Melton

This is lap one and Charlie Rainville in the Team Starfish Barracuda is followed by the Mustang of John McComb as they roar down the return road and into turn #2.
The race began at 4PM and was not over until 10PM.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Rainville led the race for the first 29 laps before pitting, handing the lead over to the Don Pike Mustang.

Photo by Jerry Melton

The Alfa GTA of Horst Kwech and Gaston Andrey ran up in 4th place in the early going.

Photo by Jerry Melton
2473  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: October 30, 2011, 05:46:25 PM
Recently, I was sent some racing photographs by Jerry Melton. He attended both Trans-Am races held at Green Valley, Texas and the 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am at Michigan International Speedway. Below are photos taken by Jerry at the 1966 Green Valley Trans-Am while performing corner worker duties during the race. Many thanks go out to Jerry for sharing these with us. Here's is a short bio about Jerry.

"I have been a strictly amateur racing photographer from my first days of college in 1962.  After hanging on the spectator fence at Green Valley Raceway in Texas taking photos without a telephoto for a couple of years, I became a corner worker until my move to Detroit Michigan (just in time to be welcomed by the riots that started the mass exodus from the city).  Upon joining the Detroit Region SCCA I was immediately pressed into service as their photographer, thus gaining passes to the races for a number of years until the birth of my son and a second job restricted my weekend commitments.   I continue to be a regular visitor to nearby Waterford Hills Raceway, where one needs no pass to be close to the action.

While in college, I was also a cartoonist for Sports Car Graphic Magazine until Jerry Titus became editor and eliminated ALL cartoons.  Until then the publication had been more of a club racing friendly mag, but Titus wanted to compete with Car & Driver and Road & Track.  So, where's SCG now?

I've been a Public School Art teacher for over 45 years and have long been teaching an added enrichment class in Sports Car Design to 10-14 year olds, where kids create shelf model concept cars from a 2x4 center with 1x3 fenders.  It keeps the job interesting."


In 1966, there obviously were no Camaros involved in the Trans-Am series. However, Corvairs were eligible Chevrolet products and at least a couple did compete in the series. This occured even though they were over the 2-liter limit and well below the 5-liter limit of the Pony Cars.
2474  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: October 30, 2011, 12:11:22 AM
A Titus pit stop at MIS.

Photo by Alex Walordy

A look inside his trunk at the fuel filler and the fuel cell. This fuel filler tunnel (for lack of a better name)
was modified as the season went on and actually held more gas, increasing the amount of laps that could
be run without modifying the fuel cell's capacity (itself) of 22 gallons. That was within the rules.

Photo by Alex Walordy
2475  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaffey College and Sam Contino on: October 29, 2011, 06:00:25 PM
December 1969 Stock Car Racing magazine




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