Once again, we have more racing photographs taken by Ron Lathrop. These photos were taken on the July 18th, 1970 at the Road America Trans-Am near Elkhart Lake, WI. 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. Road America was a challenging high speed course with long straights that was new to the Trans-Am schedule that year. 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!
Here's a map of the 4.0 mile trackRoad America Vantage PointsRA Straight
- The start and finish line, all the hustle-and-bustle of the pit area, etc.Station 1
- The first corner after the start.Station 3
- A downhill curve. producing fast speeds and excitement.Moraine Sweep
- Fastest part of the course at station 4 and 4A.Station 5
- Difficult because of its extreme angle and downhill grade immediately after the Moraine Sweep speed section.Hurry Downs
- Fascinating because of its downhill, weaving turns from station 6 to 8.RA Carousel
- A sweeping, high speed half circle curve.Kettle Bottoms
- Very fast with gentle but demanding bends from station 11 to 12.Station 12
- The popular Canada Corner with a tight righthand turn at speed.Thunder Valley
- Up a gentle incline and through a wooded valley between station 12 and 13.Station 14
- The last chance to out-corner a rival before the RA straight.