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2566  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: July 09, 2011, 06:45:07 PM
Once again, we have more racing photographs taken by Ron Lathrop but this time at the May 11th, 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am at Michigan International Speedway. 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. MIS was pretty much a brand new racing facility that had only had its first race (a USAC open wheel event) in October '68. This Wolverine Trans-Am was the official opening race for the '69 Trans-Am schedule and it was a debacle from beginning to end that included rain, sleet, snow, bitter cold, cars stuck in the mud, a spectator death and several more injured. Thanks again Ron for sharing these new photos with us!


Photo by Ron Lathrop

Much of Saturday was spent in the garages trying to stay out of the inclement weather, although qualifying was done during a sleet storm on Saturday afternoon.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Doesn't look like much fun, but a good way to see some cars up close.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

George Follmer and Bud Moore chatting inside the garages.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Not much activity at the fueling station.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

1969 Camaro "Inspection Cruiser".

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Another shot of it. Jerry Titus' Firebird race car just beyond it.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2567  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: July 08, 2011, 03:31:19 PM
Mike, you're in luck as the wheel used by Donohue in '69 has no slots or holes in the spokes. A view of the interior can be seen here.
The dash is natural aluminum and so is the air duct underneath. Is the dash currently gray in your model?

Thanks to Ron Lathrop, I will have some photos from the '69 "Wolverine" Trans-Am to post in the near future. There may be some pics there that will be useful to you.

I know the Traco engine photo of which you speak. Personally, that's the only time I ever recall seeing the finned valve covers on one of their engines and that was in their shop, not installed in a car.
2568  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: July 08, 2011, 03:04:05 PM
You might try looking through this website and see if he has any pace car photos...

http://gwadagone.fotki.com/trans-am-racing1966/
2569  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: July 07, 2011, 10:55:44 PM
Chad, sharp eye and great research on your part. Thanks for calling them and for posting your findings here. It is really appreciated and no doubt will be a benefit to somebody wanting to restore their race car appropriately.
2570  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: July 07, 2011, 10:52:46 PM
Mike, I think that's a good decision regarding the cage in the '67.

The '69 is looking very good. Lots of effort there and it shows. The wheels look nicer now that they match the yellow on the body although, truth be known, I think your first wheel color was closer to correct and the yellow on the body was a bit too light. Can't monkey around with that however so you did the next best thing. You must be working on a steering wheel as I don't see one in there. Glad to see that as the one GMP put in was not correct for '69.
2571  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: July 07, 2011, 10:40:45 PM
Welcome. I have not done a whole lot of collecting of pace car photos but here are a couple. The first is from the 1967 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am.
It shows a pretty much unaltered Indy Pace Car Camaro.


Photo by Dave Arnold

The second is not from a Trans-Am but from an SCCA National event at Marlboro Raceway in Maryland.

Photo by Bill Dobbins

If I run across any more, I will post them here for you.
2572  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Bryar Trans-Am photos on: July 07, 2011, 09:13:02 PM
Another report on this race, this one from the Oct 8, 1967 Bryar SCCA National program.















2573  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photos from Donnybrook/Elkhart in 70-74?? on: July 07, 2011, 05:24:56 PM
Still cool though. Thanks for posting.
2574  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photos from Donnybrook/Elkhart in 70-74?? on: July 06, 2011, 10:08:32 PM
Thanks for posting more vintage photos of the car. If I run across any others, I'll try and post them here.
2575  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Bryar Trans-Am photos on: July 06, 2011, 10:00:24 PM
Glad you enjoyed this feature, James. Here is some more info from one of my issues of Competition Press.

This first tidbit says Donohue had the championship locked up prior to Bryar but Camaro
still needed three points so mathematically Javelin and Mustang were still in the running.
















2576  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: July 06, 2011, 10:49:57 AM
Tim, thanks for posting that. Looks like it includes his helmet too. Pricey, but very cool.
2577  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Bryar Trans-Am photos on: July 06, 2011, 10:24:46 AM
Mark wrapped up the Trans-Am championship for Chevrolet by winning at Bryar. This was his 8th victory in a
row and he would end up winning 10 of the 13 Trans-Am races in '68. A dominant effort. Tony Adamowicz
won the under-2-liter class and also had a dominant 1968, helping Porsche win U-2 that year.


Photo by Ron Lathrop

To the Victor go the spoils.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2578  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Bryar Trans-Am photos on: July 06, 2011, 09:49:18 AM
Glad to hear the positive responses. Hopefully Ron will be able to share some more with us.

Malcolm Starr's Mustang again.


Photo by Ron Lathrop

Skip Barber, Craig Fisher and George Follmer.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Gifford 911 followed by a Mustang and Mark Donohue.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Donohue cruising to another win.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2579  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Bryar Trans-Am photos on: July 05, 2011, 10:37:16 PM
Malcolm Starr's Mustang (car #5)

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Tony "A2Z" looks to duck inside the Mini Cooper of Bill Brack.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Looks like George Follmer and a Volvo 122S.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Not all views are unobstructed...

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2580  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Bryar Trans-Am photos on: July 05, 2011, 10:26:28 PM
Pretty cool pace car.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Follmer and Donohue.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Porsche battle. Everett, Harrison and Bailey.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Titus vs Donohue. Titus would fry his rear axle but the Shelby team replaced it in 10 minutes!

Photo by Ron Lathrop
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