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2596  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: September 05, 2011, 10:38:46 AM
I can't make out the writing on the side of the car but at least you can tell that a '70 Mustang convertible
was the pace car for the 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am race.


1971 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am program
2597  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: September 04, 2011, 12:12:40 PM
Here is an article from Motor Trend highlighting the 1969 T/G Firebirds...





2598  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Headers on: September 04, 2011, 11:26:49 AM
Nearly 20 years ago, Dick Lewis from Ohio went to the effort to get 25 sets of Bill Thomas headers reproduced
using 25 sets of original upper header flanges that he had acquired over many years of being in the Camaro
hobby. There was talk of producing another 25 but the second set was not going to have the original upper
flanges. I am not sure if those 25 got made or not. These headers were copied directly from the original set
which are currently owned by Rick George of Rick's Camaros. Years later, Larry Christensen also reproduced
an unspecified amount of these headers. The headers below are from the first set of 25 reproduced by Dick
Lewis and were sold to Frank Dihartce. Thank you Frank for sharing these photos with us.









2599  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Trans-Am Camaro chassis preparation on: September 04, 2011, 10:55:08 AM
Earlier, I posted some GM documents about chassis preparation here.
Since this article is out of a magazine, I decided to start a different thread so that any other chassis prep articles might be posted here as well.







2600  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaffey College and Sam Contino on: September 04, 2011, 10:35:49 AM
Yet another feature on the Chaffey College Camaro, as found in Competition Press and Autoweek. There are a lot of real Trans-Am cars
from the old days whose owners wish their car got the kind of press coverage that this car got.



                                                                                                                                                              
2601  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: September 03, 2011, 05:30:20 PM
Ron Lathrop's actual passes from this Trans-Am race.

2602  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: September 03, 2011, 05:25:08 PM
Ron's original pass that he wore at this race.
2603  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: September 03, 2011, 03:15:08 PM
Pages from the 1970 Mid-Ohio program, courtesy of Ron Lathrop. Thanks again, Ron!

























































2604  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: September 03, 2011, 12:45:36 AM
This photo shows the engine that Jerry Titus apparently used in his car at this particular Mid-Ohio Trans-Am race. Titus did use two
Holleys on a cross ram normally but went with two Holley "Dominators" on a low tunnel ram style manifold for this one race.

Photo by Dave Friedman

The manifold is listed as an optional item for the Firebird in the SCCA Recognition Forms seen at the link below. (5th page of form)
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=8075.0
2605  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: September 03, 2011, 12:32:02 AM
Thanks once again for the update, Mike. Lots of little details have been done. I wonder why they cast a big divot into the rear/upper part of the front fenderwell like that. Are you going to leave well enough alone there? I suppose it would be quite a bit of work to make it reflect what the original contour was.
2606  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: '67-'68 Penske Camaro Sunoco Blue on: September 02, 2011, 11:39:42 PM
Looking pretty good, Jason. Coming along nicely. You've still got some work to do but at least you're out of paint jail!
2607  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: September 02, 2011, 10:55:18 PM
Map of the Mid-Ohio race track with the turn numbers in red ink.

1971 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am program

Ed Leslie leads Mark Donohue, George Follmer and Swede Savage.

1971 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am program
2608  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: September 01, 2011, 11:06:56 PM
This is a shot from the paddock looking across turn 15 to the infield. You can see the ambulance and tow truck in their staging positions for the race.

Photo by Ron Lathrop



Some random Under-2-liter shots that Ron took that same weekend. The U-2 race was a separate event beginning in 1970.

Bert Everett's Alfa

Photo by Ron Lathrop  

Don Pike's BMW ahead of Lee Midgley's Alfa

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Robert Lazebnik's BMW

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Don Pike's BMW

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Hans Ziereis' BMW

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Horst Kwech's Alfa

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Craig Fisher's Fiat Abarth

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Bert Everett's Alfa

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Harry Theodoracopulos' Alfa

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Lee Midgley's Alfa

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2609  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: September 01, 2011, 07:37:40 PM
Entry list

Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection


Grid sheets

Jon Mello Collection


Jon Mello Collection
2610  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 31, 2011, 11:08:15 PM
Some more insider information, this time from Doug Innes, former crew member for Jerry Titus and the T/G team.

"Jon, I was on Camaro site and 1st time I'd seen Mid-Ohio T/A photos. Thanks for bringing them to the forefront. In one photo your caption mentions Jerry T's long tail pipes. This was a remnant of quite a test program Jerry had going. He built a set of 180 degree headers for the gutless Pontiac and they were a nightmare to install but had a great sound to them. Nothing sounds as neat as a 180 degree exhaust.(incidentally in the early nineties a lot of Nascar teams and short track teams tried 180 Deg exhausts but they faded in popularity) We tested them at Willow Springs and Jerry didn't find any on-track power improvement with them so they got scrapped. What remained was the long tail pipe system exiting under the rear bumper. The theory was that a car sucking up behind you was going to overheat 'cause the competitor's radiator would be so close to Jerry's exhaust. The installation of these pipes was also cumbersome.
In truth I think Jerry turned a failure into a triumph as he loved agitating SCCA tech inspectors and he succeeded in getting them banned after that race. Gosh they did look nice while they lasted!"


Many thanks to Doug for sharing this with us.

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