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2581  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: August 06, 2011, 04:13:48 PM
Passes from the 1967 and 1968 Bryar Trans-Am races, courtesy of Ron Lathrop.


2582  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rusty Jowett's 1967 Camaro Trans-Am Race Car on: August 06, 2011, 04:03:53 PM
Here's a little bit of insight on Mark Schwein and also Wilton "Rusty" Jowett and his father Wilton Jowett, Sr.
This comes courtesy of Bill Lange, who used to work for Mark. Mark's shop was in Brandywine, MD.

"Mark and his brother owned a very large Exxon Station that in older days was
a Chrysler dealership. Very rural. They gave up the Chrysler dealership and
opened a Yamaha / BSA motorcycle dealership. Back then, motorcycles were
hot tickets and they sold them like hotcakes, all summer long. My dad
was a farmer and I was pretty comfortable driving trucks, so when they needed
motorcycles from New Jersey or New York, I would drive the truck up and
pick up a load. I also picked up trailers in Dallas and boats in Jacksonville.
Just riding around the countryside. Mark and Harvey also had a fuel oil
business and I drove the oil truck some, too. I sprayed many a German Shepard
with Number 2 heating oil.
 
Working all these odd jobs gave me the cash to buy that yellow Z-28 Camaro
in 1967. I just stumbled across that car. I went to Heishmans to gawk at the
new 911S, with two 3 barreled Weber Carbs.  The Camaro was on or near
the used car lot, I asked about it, it was for sale, I left a deposit. Bought it the
next day, cash deal.  I was driving a 1961 Corvair....automatic......oil leaker.

Anyway, Mr. Jowett and Rusty were racing Corvettes (actually what they were
doing was chasing Cobras). Mr. J had a '61 and Rusty had a '63 split-window
coupe. The '63 car had the optional 36 gallon fuel tank, was handy at Sebring.
In 1967 I think Rusty decided he wanted to go Trans Am Racing and that fall
I got my orders to report (draft notice). I sold Mr. Jowett my Z28 (instead of putting
it in a barn....not the brightest move, huh?). Mark and his brother had had a parting
of the ways, so Mr J hired Mark to be his full time Trans Am mechanic.  That pretty
well set things up. Mark had a three-car garage at his house. He hired a drag racer
named Hank Heilmier to do the grunt work. I was just hanging around, watching,
lending a hand. Thinking about the Army, I guess.

The Camaro had been undercoated with some nasty old tar-like goop. Hank and
I spent a month with a propane torch removing that stuff. Mark was going to Penske,
building engines, buying trailers and trucks, going to Upper Marlboro and watching
Donahue test cars while Hank and I scraped undercoating.  Follow me?? Roger
would rent the Marlboro track for days at a time. I was there once and they were
pushing the '67 Blue Sunoco car on the Hauler. A guy came over and explained
there were only certain places you could push on that car; it had spent a lot of time
in the acid dip I guess."
2583  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Bryar Trans-Am photos on: August 06, 2011, 12:38:37 AM
Another '68 Bryar Trans-Am race report, this one courtesy of Frank Dihartce. Thank you, Frank!



 



 

























2584  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 69 Penske vinyl roof on: August 04, 2011, 03:01:02 PM
Steve, you got me excited that maybe I missed something. I certainly don't know it all and love to see and learn about new details.

Ron, if I'm your safety net, you are in trouble!  Grin
2585  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds on: August 03, 2011, 09:55:12 AM
Thanks, Steve. That makes sense.
2586  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 69 Penske vinyl roof on: August 03, 2011, 09:53:57 AM
There was a lot of pressure to win if you were one of the factory-backed teams. That's where the paranoia and mistrust comes in. You don't want to have your opponent get any kind of advantage, real or perceived, because you could be out of a ride if your team ends up the loser.

As for wide flexible piping, I don't think I ever saw anything like that in use on the '69 Penske cars. I believe it was just holes lined up with one another between the doors and the quarters. If you've got a pic or two of any piping, I would love to see it.
2587  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Don Yenko and the Yenko Stormer Camaro on: August 03, 2011, 09:46:38 AM
Mark, Mo Carter did use the term "Stormer" in some of his advertising. I have an Mo Carter ad somewhere in my files that says Stormer. I always wondered why he had used that term when Don Yenko was already using it. I knew Mo had raced a '66 Corvair that may have started some association between Mo and Don but I have never been able to determine if there was a true business relationship between the two or if it was informal or even non-existant. I'd love to hear more if you and Warren can dig up more details. If I am remembering correctly, I don't think Mo ever called anything a "Yenko Stormer", I think it was Z-28 Stormer.
2588  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: August 02, 2011, 01:58:29 PM
Mike, thanks for detailing some of the thought process and method of approach that goes in to doing these scale models. I think it's worthwhile to spell that out for others contemplating modifying their own scale model. I do agree that coming up with something that hasn't already been done or been seen elsewhere would really feel satisfying and also inspire awe in those who know the effort involved to make such a project. I think there are at least several of us here that really appreciate what you are doing, me included.
2589  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds on: August 02, 2011, 01:49:20 PM
Steve, no problem on posting the image of Bob Jane's Monaro HQ as it is kind of interesting to see what he moved on to. The car has a bit of '70 Camaro styling influence, at least to my eye it does. As for your artwork, that is very impressive. Well done!
2590  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Monterey "Historics" on: August 02, 2011, 01:38:08 PM
Very glad to hear you are enjoying the forum. I will be there on Saturday. Not sure about Friday
2591  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rusty Jowett's 1968 Camaro Trans-Am Race Car on: August 02, 2011, 10:51:49 AM
Priceless photos! Great details can be seen and it's fun to see cars in other settings besides on the race track. Of note, the maroon and yellow #37 Camaro was owned and driven by Len Greenhalgh and was sold to Frank Grimaldi around 1970-71. Frank still owns it. Apparently it is the same car that Skip Barber drove at the '68 Bryar Trans-Am.

Getting back to Rusty's '68, this was a very fast and well prepared car. Probably the best prepared Camaro outside of the Penske team and I believe it had the best results of any Camaro besides those of Penske when Rusty was racing the car. Thanks again to Pat Hogan for sharing these photos with us. They are greatly appreciated!
2592  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rusty Jowett Camaro Parts on: August 02, 2011, 10:40:24 AM
Very cool. Nothing like looking at original parts. Thank you to Pat for sharing those with us.
2593  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.
2594  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.
2595  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?
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