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2986  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: May 03, 2011, 02:11:54 PM
Photo of the Penske Camaro's engine compartment, taken at Marlboro, MD, August 12, 1967.
This race was the first victory for the Camaro on the Trans-Am circuit. Mark Donohue and Craig
Fisher co-drove the car for this race. Notice the Bill Thomas/Douglass headers, painted yellow.


Photo by Andrew Keller
2987  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: May 03, 2011, 02:00:09 PM
Mark Donohue in the #6 and Bob Stevens in the #19 at the Kent (Washington) Trans-Am, October 6, 1968.

2988  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Recommended Reading on: May 03, 2011, 08:10:23 AM
Dan Lipetz of the Historic Trans-Am race group tells me his new book about the Trans-Am series is due to come out this fall, possibly as early as late August. More good reading to look forward to.
2989  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Early Traco Water Pump Pulley on: May 02, 2011, 06:02:13 PM
Wow, Chad. That is a seriously cool piece with several details that most people would never catch. Thanks a lot for posting it.
2990  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Rear axle on: May 02, 2011, 02:43:21 PM
Here's an article from 1968 showing one method of how they beefed up rear spring perches on the axle back then.
No matter if you're road racing or drag racing, this is a wise thing to do because the factory welds in this area are
only suitable for going back and forth to the grocery store.





2991  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Engine photos on: May 02, 2011, 02:36:35 PM
Anybody have some good Trans-Am engine compartment photos they would like to post?

Here's one of the Dick Guldstrand Dana-sponsored Camaro. Notice the spacers under the
thermostat housing, possibly to elevate the upper radiator hose away from the fan belt.
Click here for comments about the water pump pulley.

2992  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: May 02, 2011, 12:30:46 PM
Thanks, Mike.

Here's a photo of the John Putnam Camaro in the '70-'71 paint scheme. John was in the San Francisco Region
of the SCCA at this time but the car ran in the '71 Riverside Trans-Am, the '72 Bryar Trans-Am and the '72 Road
America Trans-Am, as well as numerous IMSA and A-Sedan races before John sold it at the end of 1973.


Photo: Dave Doyal Collection
2993  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Cars we haven't seen much of on: April 30, 2011, 06:23:21 PM
I think that sounds right about the UoP Camaro, that John Miller of Indiana may currently own it. There was a John Miller who was part of the original crew for that car and I think it is he who owns it now.

I am curious about this car that Harry Lipetz used to race (the ex-Lance Pruyn car). It was sold to a new owner (I don't recall the name) who spent a fair amount of $$$ to rerestore it and then I think it was only raced one time maybe 4 years ago. Anybody know what's going on with it?

2994  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: April 29, 2011, 10:33:15 PM
Mike, what was done with the taillights on this car? They look different than stock.
2995  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: April 29, 2011, 05:36:48 PM
Here you go, Mike.  Was this the same car that was sold to Allen Hewitt, Jr
and was raced by him in Trans-Am starting around 1970?





2996  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Recommended Reading on: April 29, 2011, 12:56:54 PM
Quote from: wolfmin
I seem to recall a lot of photo mistakes in this book, but I still refer to it a lot.

You are right, there are some mistakes, but I'm not sure a book was ever written that didn't have mistakes in it. I always try and read multiple sources, which helps if you are really searching for facts.

Here's another book, more of a picture book than a novel, and one which also has some mistakes in the captions but which is a great source for many very nice "period" photos of the Trans-Am cars in action. It should be on the bookshelf of any true Trans-Am fan. Many comments throughout the book are provided by drivers who raced back then.



Dave Friedman's "Trans-Am: The Pony Car Wars 1966-1972"
2997  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: April 28, 2011, 02:40:14 PM
Chad, The photos of the cars on the track are fun to look at but these shots that allow us to see more of the details of the cars are the ones I really enjoy. The '67 rule book does not discuss spindles but the '68 rule books says the spindles can be modified or changed as long as there are no changes to the track or wheelbase. I'm not sure if the Corvette spindle would do any of that. I guess that needs some research. I think it's pretty clear the car did not run that way in '67 but as for '68, I don't have an answer for that at this time. I don't recall another Camaro running with the caliper on the leading side of the axle centerline back in the old days. Anybody else aware of an example?
2998  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: April 28, 2011, 02:33:14 PM
Chad, Thanks for taking the initiative and finding out more history on that 5 on 5" wheel. You found out some great information that I hadn't previously known and now thanks to this forum others are being educated as well. Great job!
2999  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Gary Morgan, Trans-Am racer on: April 27, 2011, 10:07:46 AM
The memo to Barney Krass of GM to help grease the skids for a new 302 short block.

3000  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: April 27, 2011, 09:59:17 AM
Dick Guldstrand's Dana Camaro at the '67 Riverside Trans-Am.

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