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2521  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rusty Jowett's 1967 Camaro Trans-Am Race Car on: August 02, 2011, 10:35:52 AM
Many, many thanks to Bill Lange and also to Pat Hogan for sharing the photos and recollections with us. The photos are particularly wonderful but it is also a great story about the origins of Rusty's first Camaro race car. I have not had the opportunity to talk with Hugh Heishman about the car yet but I will and when I do, I will post what I find out. It is possible that Hugh may still have some of the original paperwork for the car. He did for his '67 race car, which I now own. Hugh did not end up running two Camaros in '68. Aero Chevrolet was going to sponsor a second car but their lawyers talked them out of sponsoring Hugh at all for '68 due to liability concerns. The '67 Z was put back as a street car (and repainted Rally Green) after the '68 Daytona 24 hour race and the racing components from that car went on the '68 Camaro which was prepared in time for Sebring at the end of March.
2522  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: ZL1 CAMARO SCCA ? on: August 02, 2011, 10:21:57 AM
Thank you, Steve. I appreciate the information.
2523  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: July 31, 2011, 01:32:58 AM
Very interesting to see the details of the reconstruction, Mike. Thank you for the update. It's fascinating that so many different kits are being utilized but I understand the necessity to get the best and most appropriate pieces for what you are trying to achieve. Why is the hood now green when it was gray in the previous photos?
2524  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: ZL1 CAMARO SCCA ? on: July 31, 2011, 01:26:09 AM
That is helpful, Steve. Thank you. Bob Jane was also the driver of his drag car then or did someone else drive it?
2525  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds on: July 31, 2011, 01:22:57 AM
Steve, thanks for the further details on Norm Beechey's Monaro. It does sound like a trick, well-engineered car and it is nice to be able to know a little more about it. As for The Roaring Season, three months is not a long time for a website to be in existence and the quantity and quality of the articles is already very good. I'm sure it will continue to grow as more people hear about it and check out the content.
2526  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: July 31, 2011, 12:14:12 AM
Another recap of the Wolverine Trans-Am, this one from Car Life Magazine.



2527  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaffey College and Sam Contino on: July 31, 2011, 12:07:56 AM

Car Life Magazine
2528  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: July 30, 2011, 02:27:07 PM
Andy's car had the standard flat hood. I had not caught that it had no air cleaner studs. The headers are not Stahls, they are Bill Thomas headers. I can tell be the routing of the tube coming out of port #6 (third back on pass side) which goes further out to allow cylinder #8 tube to curve forward behind it.

Looks like the fuel distribution block has a line for a fuel pressure gauge coming out of it. The PCV hose routs back to the wiper washer bottle on the firewall which is being used as a puke tank.
2529  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Opinons on tires and wheels for my Camaro on: July 30, 2011, 11:33:48 AM
How about a set of the reproduction Firestone race tires? http://store.cokertire.com/firestone-indy-920-15.html

You can mount them on some 5-spoke American D-spoke wheels from http://vintageeng.com/MagWheelsProduct.html
2530  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: July 30, 2011, 01:10:51 AM
The '68 Camaro engine compartment of Southern California's Andy Porterfield. These were taken around the time of the '69 Riverside Trans-Am.
Bill Thomas had a hand in building the engine for this car which was claimed to make 466hp at 7,400 rpm.




Petersen Publishing photos
2531  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rusty Jowett's 1967 Camaro Trans-Am Race Car on: July 30, 2011, 12:54:01 AM
Chad, that recollection by Bill Lange is very intriguing to me. My '67 Z race car was bought new through Aero Chevrolet in Alexandria, VA by Hugh Heishman, who had named his VW/Porsche dealership after his father Joe Heishman who had retired due to a health issue. Hugh had told me that he also bought a yellow '67 Z for himself as a street car but I was under the impression that he had owned it for a few years before selling it. Apparently, that is not the case. I don't know whether he knows if his yellow car went on to be Rusty's race car but I will have to give Hugh a call and see if this rings a bell with him. I really appreciate you posting this new information about Rusty's car. Thank you. The article below has a photo of Hugh Heishman and talks a little about his racing team.

2532  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rest in Peace, Chic Vandagriff on: July 30, 2011, 12:26:27 AM
Chad, that is a sad thing to hear and my condolences go out to the Vandagriff family. Chic certainly did a lot for the sport and was a good man. He will be missed.
2533  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Slot Cars on: July 29, 2011, 10:41:37 PM
A little silly but since we are talking slot cars, might as well post a few pictures of the slot car
set available back in the '60s from your local Chevy dealer. Thanks Robert L. for the photos!




2534  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: ZL1 CAMARO SCCA ? on: July 29, 2011, 10:25:34 PM
I was under the impression Bob Jane bought both cars and the engine in the drag car was a spare for the orange road racer. Not true?
2535  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaffey College and Sam Contino on: July 29, 2011, 01:05:40 PM
Frank Dihartce sent me another photo of the car to post. Thanks, Frank!
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