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2656  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 29, 2011, 12:21:55 PM
I have reattached your photo with some editting. The legs I have colored green should not be used, although I understand that it doesn't appear to be logical. I will support that with a different photo. The yellow line is a bar that may or may not be there. I suspect it is but don't know that for a fact as it is very hard to see everything in an all-black interior. I still have some other photos to review. What I do know is there is nothing above that yellow line in terms of a cross-brace. The bars that I drew a thin blue line on are lower than this. I posted a couple of other photos in the "Original T/A racing photographs" thread and you can see that the front/top cross bar is so low that it almost gets in the way of the rear view mirror.
2657  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans-Am Press Kits on: June 28, 2011, 10:28:26 PM
Here are a couple of samples from Frank Dihartce of two Camaro press kits in his collection. He's going to try and make some complete copies for us. Thank you, Frank!
2658  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 28, 2011, 09:50:01 PM
I didn't phrase that very well. I don't believe that he did the filming for the entire movie, just the part that was on the track at Riverside.
2659  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Tracks of the '66-'72 SCCA Trans-Am series on: June 28, 2011, 02:58:22 PM
Crow's Landing  (about 20 miles SSW of Modesto, CA) was the site for the one-time-only "Modesto" Trans-Am on Sept, 10, 1967. It was a 250 mile event held on a Naval Air Station runway and the concrete airstrip was really abrasive on the tires. I'm not sure this event would have happened without Gallo Wine putting up some sponsorship money. With tracks like Watkins Glen and Mt. Tremblant trying to get on the '67 Trans-Am schedule but tracks like Crow's Landing and Green Valley, TX (a drag strip with a return road) being on the schedule instead, it makes you wonder what was going on in the minds of the people in charge of SCCA that year.





Article from 1967 issue of Competition Press & Autoweek
(Courtesy of Ron Lathrop)


2660  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Trans-Am Press Kits on: June 28, 2011, 02:05:04 PM
Anybody have some old press kits from the '72 and earlier era that they would care to share? Vic Laskorski sent me these two images he saved off ebay of a 1970 Craig Fisher/Todco Racing press kit. He unfortunately didn't win the auction so these are as good as are available so far. If somebody has this press kit (or others), I know we all would appreciate seeing larger images posted.
2661  Orphans - documentation or VIN-stamped drivetrains - in search of the original cars / 1968 - Orphans / 8L330898 - L48 engine block on: June 28, 2011, 01:08:24 PM
A friend of mine has a bare engine block out of a '68 SS350 with that VIN on it. MU code. PM me if you own this car.
2662  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 28, 2011, 10:49:48 AM
He says they are clips from a movie called "Ford Flat Out". Maybe this is the one Dick Hoffman did the filming for at Riverside? Here are a few more from the same movie.
2663  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Research Topics & Reports / Re: Research help needed, 68 front drum style, finned vs unfinned on: June 28, 2011, 10:09:53 AM
Thanks for the data. Can you let me know if there are any casting numbers on these finned front drums of yours?
2664  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 27, 2011, 11:13:18 AM
Some photos courtesy of Tim Lopata. They are frames captured from a Trans-Am film he has.
These two are of Robert Barg's Z-28 Camaro during the '69 Trans-Am season.
2665  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Tracks of the '66-'72 SCCA Trans-Am series on: June 27, 2011, 12:27:06 AM
Watkins Glen  is a great track with a lot of wonderful history. Besides being the home to the U.S Formula 1 Grand Prix
for a number of years it also hosted the Trans-Am cars beginning in 1968. They had tried to get an official Trans-Am
race for the '67 season but it didn't get officially sanctioned by the SCCA so they ran their own "Trans-Am type" event
which did not count toward the official Trans-Am championship. Nowadays, a research center/racing archive  has been
established in Watkins Glen that is a great resource for the racing historian.





2666  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: "Inside the Cars of the Trans-Am" and other articles on: June 26, 2011, 05:39:03 PM
Here's a small story on Ron Grable's '67 Dodge Dart. In '67, it was not a common thing for cars to
have a full roll cage and one where the seat was connected to the cage. Ron was ahead of the curve
in that regard. He was not far enough ahead to incorporate a fuel cell, however. Ron and Bob Tullius
were the only two in the nation making a serious try with Chrysler products in '67. Chrysler pulled out
of direct corporate involvement in Trans-Am after '66 and did not return until the '70 season.


1967 Modesto Trans-Am program
2667  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Tracks of the '66-'72 SCCA Trans-Am series on: June 26, 2011, 05:12:38 PM
Lime Rock Park  in Lime Rock, Connecticut is another of the shorter tracks on the Trans-Am circuit back then. This was
considered the home track for driver Sam Posey and he lived nearby in Sharon, CT. I believe he still does. Skip Barber
was another Lime Rock local. Skip raced a red Z-28 Camaro in '68.

The track runs clockwise in the aerial photo below.


2668  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Tracks of the '66-'72 SCCA Trans-Am series on: June 26, 2011, 11:01:43 AM
Mid-Ohio  was a great track that had a Trans-Am race every year during the 1967-1972 timeframe. Here's a nice
write-up by Jerry Titus from the 1968 Mid-Ohio program describing the challenges of the course.






Here's a track map with the turn numbers shown in red ink.
2669  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 25, 2011, 11:52:29 PM
Mark Donohue broke an axle (twice) at the '67 Bryar Trans-Am and tore up all his new, thin-gauge sheetmetal.
Do you see that little dot on the rear spoiler, just outside of the rear stripe? That's a big slotted head screw
(painted body color). There were three of these, one in the middle and one each to the outside of the stripes
to hold down the front of the spoiler. Style points = zero.


Photo: Sports Car Graphic
2670  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 25, 2011, 10:51:53 PM
This photo is from the August 6, 1967 Bryar Trans-Am. Its shows the location of the battery in the
right rear corner of the trunk, the taller than stock rear spoiler with the notch for the trunk pin,
the lack of a pinstripe on the spoiler versus the striping on the rest of the car, the hole in the lid
for the fuel filler and maybe one or two other details if you spend the time and look closely.


Photo from Bryar Racing magazine

Here's another shot taken at the same time but by a different photographer. More interesting details to see.


Photo by Ron Lathrop
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