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2641  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.

2642  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 67 Deck Lid repair and ID help on: August 31, 2011, 10:50:47 PM
This is what the underside of my spare T52 dated (last week Dec '66) trunk lid looks like. It has never had a spoiler on it.
2643  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sunoco fueling rig on: August 30, 2011, 10:10:23 PM
James, I understand what you are saying but there is no doubt that rule bending and/or cheating is still going on today.
2644  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: YouTube (or other) videos of early Trans-Am racing on: August 30, 2011, 10:07:02 PM
Chad, I'm glad you got the opportunity to add that to your collection. It really is as outstanding as you say. I think you would also get a lot of enjoyment out of the other three I mentioned above.
2645  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 30, 2011, 01:52:28 PM
Chad (OCTARD) very recently spoke with Ron Tredway, current owner of Jerry Thompson's old Owens-Corning Camaro. Ron recalled a conversation he had with Jerry Thompson about 5 years ago while both were having dinner together during the Monterey Historic Races weekend.

Ron recalled Jerry saying he was blasting down the back straight and then... "Hit the brakes and nothing. All sorts of cars in front of him so he moves [over], throws it sideways in effort to slow down, gets it straightened out in time to go into the trees. Banged off one or two with the passenger side and came to a halt.

He thought to himself, whew..that might not be too bad, when the tree right in front of him, slowly collapsed on the roof!


He said it was the first use of silicone brake fluid…I know of a few SF region SCCA guys who had the same problem happen to them!"

This certainly gives us a little more insight into what was causing the braking problems with the Owens-Corning cars at Mid-Ohio! Thanks to Chad and Ron for getting that information to us!
2646  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 30, 2011, 10:31:54 AM
1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am race coverage, courtesy of Ron Lathrop also. Thank you, Ron!



















From Sports Car Graphic magazine



From Road & Track magazine


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Auto Racing magazine coverage courtesy of Mike K. (Swede 70). Thank you, Mike!





2647  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Monterey "Historics" on: August 30, 2011, 08:35:41 AM
Hi, Dale. Very definitely great to see you once again at the races. I won't make it to Coronado but hopefully will see you out there again next year!
2648  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 29, 2011, 11:17:23 PM
I'm not sure if I have ever seen a less happy or excited winner than this. If there was no race queen or trophy in these photos, you'd have thought Parnelli had lost.

Photo by Ron Lathrop



Photo by Ron Lathrop



Photo by Ron Lathrop



Photo by Ron Lathrop



Photo by Ron Lathrop



Photo by Ron Lathrop
2649  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 29, 2011, 11:11:34 PM
Swede Savage's lead only lasted a couple of laps before he blew his engine, which ended the race for him.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

On lap 65, Ed Leslie's engine also blew while he was running in 3rd place.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

George Follmer, running in 2nd, tried hard to make a run at Parnelli for the lead but was told to 'cool it' by Bud Moore.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here's your deserved race winner. A very convincing 1-2 finish for the Mustangs at Mid-Ohio.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Mark Donohue ended up with a solid 3rd place finish.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Sam Posey got 5th place behind Mo Carter's very impressive 4th place finish in his independent '69 Camaro.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2650  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 29, 2011, 02:47:50 PM
Here's your lap 35 leader but he'll be pitting on the next lap for gas and tires.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli then took over 1st place again before colliding with Dan Furey's Mustang on the back straight on lap 51.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

That let Follmer get by PJ and into first place but just for a few laps as George came in for his second pit stop on lap 55.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Sam Posey and Jim Hall were havig a back and forth battle with one another.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Donohue was running in the top 5 but his car did not have what it took to move to the front.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli, on the other hand, successfully charged his way back up to lead the race again.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Swede Savage's Cuda was running very strong and seemed to have similar power to the Bud Moore cars.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ed Leslie's Camaro was maybe not quite as powerful but had better handling than the Cuda.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here you can see the damage to Tony DeLorenzo's bodywork as a result of his off-course excursion during practice.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Sam Posey was having a solid race with a chance at a top 5 finish.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Here, Sam ducks to the inside to get position on Mo Carter heading in to turn 1.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ed Leslie has got a few laps on Tony DeLorenzo at this stage of the race.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

On lap 59, while leading the race, Parnelli came in for his final pit stop.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

At this point, Follmer moved up to 2nd place behind Swede Savage.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ed Leslie then moved up to 3rd...

Photo by Ron Lathrop

...With Donohue then in 4th.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2651  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 29, 2011, 12:20:48 PM
Ed Leslie is in the pits for his first stop on lap 34. Jim Hall is going to wait another two laps to come in, hoping to only pit once for the 75 lap race.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Chaparral crew members have snappy matching outfits but somebody's got to have a word with the crew chief.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Gas and tires.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Clean windshield too.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Ready to get back at it.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2652  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 29, 2011, 01:08:02 AM
Ed Leslie has taken over 1st place since Parnelli's pit stop.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Savage has moved up as a result of pit stops and is now running in 2nd.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Donohue's hoping he can find a way to move up to first and finally win a race for the Javelin team.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Follmer's got other ideas.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Everybody better watch out for Parnelli because here he comes again.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Sam Posey is quietly staying in the thick of things.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Tony DeLorenzo's hanging in there and fortunately his brakes seem to be holding up.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Savage is the one who is really poised to take over because he's running in 2nd and Leslie's going to have to pit very soon.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2653  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 29, 2011, 12:26:35 AM
Follmer is getting a tire change now and Lewis looks like he might be getting some oil added.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Sam Posey makes another run down the front straight.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli's Mustang is in the pits now on lap #32.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

A crew member for Jim Corwin's #24 '68 Camaro points the way to his pit stall.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Corwin manueuvers into position.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Looks like Parnelli is taking on tires on the left side as well as gas.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Corwin's gas filler appears to be on the quarter panel rather than at the back of the car. His bumper looks like he's been using it on somebody.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Parnelli's 12-second pit stop puts him back into the race in pretty good shape.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2654  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 29, 2011, 12:00:15 AM
Jerry Titus has position on Larry Bock's Camaro heading into turn 1.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Jerry brings the car in on lap 25 since he has been driving the last 15 laps without power assist and he's seriously fatigued.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

The steering situation can't be repaired and it's too hard to drive as-is. His day is done.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

With around 30 laps gone, Penske's going to bring in Donohue for a pit stop.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

A look down the pit road shows Donohue's Javelin at the back with George Follmer's Mustang about mid-way back with the hood up.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

The #35 Camaro at the front was owned and driven by Levester Lewis. This is the same car driven by Dave Horchler and Dick Hoffman during the
'67/68 season. The 16th '67 Z-28 built, it was an original Marina Blue car with RS equipment. Lewis repainted the car sky blue for the '70 season.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Donohue's Javelin beats Follmer out of the pits and heads back into the fray.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
2655  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 28, 2011, 11:17:01 PM
After 20 laps, things are pretty much unchanged. Here's the leader coming through turn 15 and on to the main straight in front of the pits.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

Leslie and Donohue are just coming through the Carousel (turn 14) at this point.

Photo by Ron Lathrop

They are followed by George Follmer in the Bud Moore Boss...

Photo by Ron Lathrop

...and Swede Savage in the AAR Cuda.

Photo by Ron Lathrop
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