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2581  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: July 10, 2011, 03:29:36 PM
Bucknum heads out for Sunday morning practice.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

At speed.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Roger Penske

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Peter Revson of the Shelby team looks relaxed and in good spirits.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Fred Baker's #42 Porsche and Harry Theodoracopulos' #82 Alfa in the pits with Jim Corwin's '68 Camaro getting ready to unload.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Musician/Comedian/Entertainer Dick Smothers was Fred Baker's co-driver this weekend.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Bill Lowell's Mustang getting ready.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2582  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: July 10, 2011, 12:31:21 AM
Thanks, Chad. I've got many more to post but am waiting for about 25 more (on top of those) to show up from Ron before posting them all.
2583  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Research Topics & Reports / Re: Research help needed, 68 front drum style, finned vs unfinned on: July 09, 2011, 10:30:38 PM
Thank you, Rich. Good info and pics.
2584  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: July 09, 2011, 09:20:44 PM
John Martin, driver of the #4 Javelin. John did a lot of the testing for the Javelin team during the '68 season.
He was promoted to full-time driver when George Follmer and Peter Revson left the team at the end of '68.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

John watches an Alfa Romeo go by during Sunday morning practice. The #3 and #4 factory team Javelins were
late to the track and missed qualifying on Saturday. They both started the race at the very back of the grid. Not
a good way to start the season and, in fact, it was an early sign of how the season was going to go for them.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ron Grable takes his Javelin out for a shakedown run.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

"Hey Javelin" sticker was part of a '69 AMC advertising campaign for the car.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2585  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Moroso products on: July 09, 2011, 09:06:07 PM
May 1969 ad in Competition Press & Autoweek.

2586  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: July 09, 2011, 08:19:54 PM
George Follmer stands with the Bud Moore Mustangs in the pits during Sunday morning practice.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Follmer and Parnelli Jones mill around their cars.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Bud Moore and Parnelli getting ready for race day.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Another shot of Parnelli.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Follmer takes his car out during late morning practice.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Craig Fisher takes his Todco Camaro out also.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2587  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: July 09, 2011, 07:48:44 PM
Here's one from the '69 Wolverine Trans-Am that should be of use to you.


Photo by Ron Lathrop
2588  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: July 09, 2011, 07:32:40 PM
Sunoco Camaro dash. Water temp gauge (270 max) over Amp gauge. Oil pressure gauge (100 max) with fuel pressure gauge (10 max) to its right.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Penske fuel tower was waaaay up there in '69. It actually had a second drum below this one.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Brake bleeding job done and tire going back on.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

More lug nuts getting installed.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2589  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: July 09, 2011, 07:10:54 PM
Roger glances at his watch while talking to Mark. The "U.S.Racing" patch on Roger's jacket is for the recent (1969)
partnership between Penske and Carl Haas (plus Sunoco and Simoniz) to run 4-wheel-drive Lola T152s at Indianapolis.
(Canadian Terry Godsall was also involved with this Indy effort but wanted to stay under the radar, for various reasons.)
The month of May, don't forget, is Indianapolis time. This year was Roger's (and Mark's) first attempt to race at Indy.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Bucknum's #9 Camaro up on jack stands in preparation for having its brakes bled. Donohue's #6 is behind.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Neat shot of the Bucknum inner fenderwell. Holes were also incorporated into both ends of the door and through the
rear quarter panel and into the rear fenderwell.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Neat details of the front suspension are visible. Wagner brake bleeder ball and the wrench still on the caliper indicates the job isn't finished.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Somebody's crew member with a pressurized water tank.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2590  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
2591  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.
2592  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/
2593  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.
2594  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.
2595  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.
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