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2806  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Spark Plug Wires on: June 09, 2011, 11:11:33 AM
Good stuff, Joe. I don't currently have knowledge of what spark plug wires people like Penske were using but maybe with some digging it can be found out. Is that wire in your photo dated? As shown, I can't pick out any dates.





2807  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 09, 2011, 10:37:46 AM
Here is the Sebring Trans-Am class-winner showing the #15 on it, as it was during the race. While the '68 (heavier car) was the car that went through tech inspection twice, this lighter car is the one that qualified both cars for the race during the practice laps.
2808  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 09, 2011, 10:25:57 AM
Photos from Sebring, March 1968. This was a 12-hour endurance race (also an official part of the Trans-Am schedule) where the Trans-Am cars were included in the same race as the Porsche 907 prototypes, GT40s, Lola T70s, etc. Mark Donohue and Craig Fisher finished an amazing 3rd overall and 1st in Trans-Am. A truly outstanding accomplishment. Many thanks to Pat Ryan for forwarding these Jerry Kroninger photos for us to enjoy.

Here Mark Donohue and Roger Penske check out the Camaro upon their arrival.


Notice the numbers for each car, 15 & 16. Each car in the photos below wears the opposite number than it did in the actual race.
The car with the vent window (wind wing) in the door is the '67 lightweight car from the previous season. It was under minimum
weight and did not get run through tech inspection. They ran the '68 through tech inspection twice by changing the car number
in a closed airplane hangar between each inspection. A risky proposition but they pulled it off successfully.











All 7 photos above by Jerry Kroninger
2809  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: June 09, 2011, 08:56:30 AM
Yes, this would be the car in the trailering accident (near Fernley, NV). Craig Fisher tells me he personally stripped the car after the accident per Roger Penske's instructions but he was not involved in any reconstruction and Mark's autobiography details how he measured the body and still found it to be square and thus convinced Roger to keep and rebuild it. It became the back-up car for several of the West Coast '67 Trans-Am races. It did go to Europe as you say but the trail of the car and it whereabouts goes cold after approximately 1972.
2810  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 09, 2011, 08:40:30 AM
Chad, the Mark Donohue Performance Products items are neat. Do you happen to have a catalog and know what sort of things were offered?
2811  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 08, 2011, 06:05:52 PM
Daytona, February 1968.
L-R: Roger Penske, Mark Donohue, Bob Johnson, Craig Fisher. Standing: Jerry Kroninger, from Sun Oil.
Thank you to Pat Ryan for forwarding this to me so I could post it.


Jerry Kroninger Collection
2812  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 07, 2011, 03:27:00 PM
The dash in the car looks very similar in layout to the one seen below (from Pat Ryan's Penske Camaro). Some differences are...
1) yours should be painted black.
2) yours should not have the protruding light in the 10 o'clock position relative to the tach.
3) your tach should have single digits (read in thousands) rather than double-digits (read in hundreds).
4) the tach needle should be at rest around the 5 o'clock position rather than the 4 o'clock seen below.
5) there is just one switch on the left side, slightly lower than the top one seen below.
6) the stock switches should still be present in the dash
7) disregard the center dash area in the photo below. Your model is different than that.


Photo by Jon Mello
2813  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 07, 2011, 03:05:11 PM
Regarding the notch in the air cleaner housing, these two photos should give you a fair idea of what it needs to look like. I thought I had something better in my files but can't locate them as of yet.



2814  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 07, 2011, 11:38:49 AM
Ron Bucknum, driver of the #9 Penske Camaro for the 1969 season.


Frank Dihartce Collection


Frank Dihartce Collection


Frank Dihartce Collection
2815  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Jones cable drive Tachometer on: June 07, 2011, 11:33:28 AM
Mike, it was a real pleasure to meet you and your god son at the track over the weekend. I also had the pleasure of meeting Dale Mathers (kiwiboss) who flew in from New Zealand. In spite of the rain, I still had a great time. That's a nice score on the tach. Last week of school... lucky you!
2816  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: June 07, 2011, 11:16:38 AM
That's Ron Bucknum, driver of the #9 Penske Camaro. I think this is from the '69 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am race.


Frank Dihartce Collection
2817  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: June 07, 2011, 10:51:52 AM
Bruce,

That is the engine compartment of the first '67 Penske Camaro (the car that Mark drove through the first 8 races of the '67 season) but it is after the car went to Europe. I believe the photo may be from 1969. I received that photo from Jeff Barley in England. I'm not sure if you received it from the same source or if I may have forwarded it to you.

-Jon
2818  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 07, 2011, 10:38:49 AM
1967 Modesto Trans-Am bumper sticker.


Frank Dihartce Collection
2819  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 06, 2011, 11:06:35 PM
Mark Donohue's Camaro. This is believed to be at Mid-Ohio in June '69.


Frank Dihartce Collection
2820  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 06, 2011, 11:02:23 PM
A photo of the '69 Penske Camaro dash and interior. This is early in the '69 season due to the presence of the vinyl top.


Frank Dihartce Collection
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