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2521  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 11:09:47 AM
CLOSE-UP GALLERY
These must have been taken during pre-race practice because Follmer's day ended on lap 1, corner 1.

George Follmer

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Mark Donohue

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Sam Posey

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ed Leslie

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli Jones

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Peter Revson

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Mark Donohue (take 2)

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Jim Hall

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ed Leslie (take 2). Note the neat telemetry data sensor on the front wheel.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2522  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 10:58:13 AM
Thanks, Ron. We both were there so it shouldn't be any mystery to us, but I'll continue on for the sake of our readers. Smiley


Parnelli had to pit on lap 12 due to two punctured tires so Sam Posey is all by his lonesome self in first place.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Donohue's early pit stop for fuel knocked him from third back to sixth place.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

In the meantime, since Mark and PJ pitted, Savage has found himself running second to Posey.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Peter Revson's Javelin comes up on Jerry Lagod's broadsliding Camaro in turn 12. Peter's Javelin broke a driveshaft on lap 13, thus ending his day.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Savage trailed Posey by 25 seconds before both ended up stopping for fuel on lap 18. Their pit stops allowed Donohue
to get by them and lay claim to first place. Race order on lap 20 was Donohue, Posey, Savage, Jones and Minter.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here comes Jim Hall up through Thunder Valley...

Photo by Ron Lathrop

...followed by Sam Posey and John Elliott.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2523  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 5-Liter engine article on: October 24, 2011, 12:18:20 AM
You're welcome. I'm glad that people are finding this stuff interesting and enjoyable.
2524  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 12:12:24 AM
Parnelli Jones' Mustang comes up through Thunder Valley.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Swede Savage follows suit.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here comes Peter Revson in the #9 Javelin.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Donohue leads Minter here but is going to come in for a surprise early pit stop on lap 10. Part of a "secret" Penske race strategy.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Jim Hall's Chaparral Camaro.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2525  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 23, 2011, 11:49:32 PM
Now Savage has gotten by Milt Minter as well.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Peter Revson's Javelin goes by on the inside of somebody's '69 Camaro.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Savage is making up ground and his car appears to be handling in a balanced, neutral manner through Canada Corner.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here's Tony Delorenzo again showing us some oversteer. What some people would call "dirt tracking it".

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Much to his detriment, Peter Schwartzott's Camaro shows us a classic case of understeer.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Not looking like a good day for Peter. He would end up blowing his engine on lap 22.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2526  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 23, 2011, 11:20:27 PM
Warren Fairbanks' '67 Z-28 leads some other "mid-pack" racers through corner 12.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Swede Savage has been driving hard to make up for lost time in the pits. Here it looks like he's gotten past Jim Hall.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Tony DeLorenzo hangs the tail out a little bit in his Owens-Corning sponsored Camaro.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Sam Posey shows a bit of the same style and now he's got some room between him and second place.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Donohue is pressing Parnelli hard to take over second.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2527  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 23, 2011, 11:05:19 PM
Milt Minter in car #68 leads his team boss Roy Woods in the second ARA Camaro.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

On lap 2, Sam Posey has gotten by Parnelli and is now in 1st. Savage pitted to pry sheetmetal away from his rear tire.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here are Peter Revson, Jim Hall and Milt Minter running in 4th, 5th and 6th.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ed Leslie tries to work his way back into contention but has Tony DeLorenzo's #3 and an unidentified '69 Camaro hindering his progress.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Sam Posey was having a good run and was able to maintain the lead in the early going.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2528  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 23, 2011, 10:34:48 PM
This is the pace lap and Ron is set up down at Corner 12 (Canada Corner). George Follmer is on the pole (lead car below)
with Parnelli Jones next to him. Ed Leslie in a Camaro and Swede Savage in an AAR Cuda are in row #2.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

The green flag has been waved and here come the leaders. Parnelli is in the lead after Ed Leslie and George Follmer
tangled in turn 1 and both spun off the track. Follmer's car was damaged to the extent that his day was over.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli in the #15 Mustang followed by Sam Posey in the Challenger, Savage in the Cuda, and Donohue in the Javelin.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Swede Savage in the Cuda followed by Mark Donohue and Peter Revson.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Peter Revson in the #9 Javelin leads Jim Hall and Milt Minter in their Camaros.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2529  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 23, 2011, 09:53:41 PM
Penske transporter for the AMC Javelin race cars.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Another view of the Penske transporter.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

George Follmer and Parnelli Jones. Drivers of the Bud Moore Mustangs.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

I guess Parnelli's getting his game face on.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2530  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 23, 2011, 09:50:19 PM
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 track

Road America Vantage Points

RA 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.

2531  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: October 23, 2011, 01:54:25 AM
Photos of Donohue's Sunoco Camaro from early in the '69 season (vinyl roof still on).


Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection
2532  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Bryar Trans-Am photos on: October 23, 2011, 12:52:28 AM


2533  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: October 22, 2011, 11:24:02 PM
Penske started drooping the nose on his second '67 Camaro, which first appeared at the Modesto Trans-Am.
I agree with you that the front end looks drooped on these two '69 Sunoco cars as well.
2534  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 5-Liter engine article on: October 22, 2011, 07:02:04 PM
This article gives some insight into the engines used by the various manufacturers in Trans-Am for the 1969 season.







2535  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Dyno sheets from the era on: October 22, 2011, 06:56:11 PM
Here's a dyno test performed by Traco for Roger Penske on Oct 2, 1967. This is a 1x4bbl engine
with Traco-ported heads, transistor ignition and an Engle cam.

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