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3076  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: March 31, 2011, 10:57:09 PM
Ron, it is the 5-spoke Torq-Thrust D if you are wanting to replicate the look of the car for the first few years of the Trans-Am series. Not the current wheel that American calls the Torq-Thrust D but the vintage one. The Minilite probably became the more popular wheel by the early '70s. I even think the 200-S looks good on these cars but it was not as popular as the other two. There were some others also and they will get posted eventually. I can help you find a set of authentic Torq-Thrust D's if you want but they are a fairy expensive wheel. PS Engineering also offers a reproduction version.

Getting back to vintage magnesium Torq-Thrusts still in action, here are some that are owned by Ken Epsman and in use on Walt Boeninger's '67 Trans-Am Mustang. These are originals from the Bud Moore Cougar team. Notice the date stamp of 8 67.



3077  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 SCCA SEDAN CATEGORY RECOGNITION FORMS for CAMARO Z/28 on: March 31, 2011, 09:12:11 PM
Cool. Glad to hear it.
3078  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: March 31, 2011, 05:43:48 PM
I knew about Donohue running the 4-lug pattern for part of the '70 season but had not noticed any of these plugged Minilites being used on current vintage race cars. Cool picture. Thanks for posting it. The Bud Moore Mustangs did run the 200-S wheels on the front at Laguna Seca late in the '69 season so I'm not sure what they were thinking with regard to choosing between them and the Minilites.

As for the S in 200-S standing for Shelby, I never heard that story. However, the "Libre" wheel that was made by American Racing was kind of a junior 200-S but with 4-spokes instead of 5. These were meant for smaller cars like Datsuns, Triumphs, etc. Some of these "Libre" wheels had the name Shelby cast into them but these were Shelby copies of the American Libre wheel. Just taking a wild guess, it could be that some people have seen the Shelby name on these 4-spoke wheels and somehow associated it with the 200-S.


Libre mag wheel
3079  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: March 30, 2011, 10:46:09 PM
Here's Bob Bondurant driving the Dana Camaro at the Sebring 4-Hour Trans-Am in '67.
Dick Guldstrand was Bondurant's co-driver for this particular race.


Photo: Tomy Drissi Collection
3080  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: March 30, 2011, 10:40:08 PM
15x8" magnesium version of the American 200-S, sometimes referred to as the "Daisy" mag. This mag first came out in time for the start of the '69 Trans-Am season and was primarily being used by the factory-backed Boss 302 Mustangs but they quickly switched to Minilites. Others who used the 200-S for at least part of the season were Craig Fisher in a '69 Camaro and Bob Tullius in a Javelin.


Photo by Lance Smith
3081  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 SCCA SEDAN CATEGORY RECOGNITION FORMS for CAMARO Z/28 on: March 30, 2011, 10:22:22 PM
Yes, I agree it is odd. It was put there so that it could be used in competition IF somebody wanted to do so, but there has never been any indication that anybody did. This was back in the era when Jim Hall had tried the automatic in his Chaparral Can-Am cars so that may have been the thinking behind putting it on this recognition form.
3082  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: March 30, 2011, 10:16:57 PM
I think Gary used them and they are not NOS but I have asked and will let you know.

Yes, these are truly very cool to look at but magnesium gets brittle with age. I've seen people race with these 40+ year old mags but it might not be the wisest thing to do.
3083  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: March 29, 2011, 10:53:06 PM
1967 Penske Racing advertisement.


Photo: Jon Mello Collection
3084  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: March 29, 2011, 10:42:34 PM
How about some 15x8" 5-spoke magnesium American mags direct from GM with the
original box crate they came in? Pretty doggone cool !






Photos: Gary Morgan Collection
3085  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 302 Chevy engine building articles [late '60 - early '70s] on: March 29, 2011, 10:34:50 PM
No idea on the Stutz's as I don't follow them but just by looks and name recognition, it would seem like they would be a 7-figure car. Just a guess.

I have heard similar horsepower numbers for some of the top engines in Historic Trans-Am vintage racing.
3086  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: F.I.A. Homologation Papers #1449 on: March 29, 2011, 10:27:02 PM
Glad you enjoyed that and learned something new, Phil.   Grin
3087  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: March 29, 2011, 10:20:34 PM
Robert, I suspect it is the same as the white '69 Camaro that Craig began the season with at Michigan Int'l Speedway but don't know that as absolute fact. I've not spent enough time on the history of this $7 car. Maybe Jeff Barley has and he will chime in.

Tim, I have gotten this started for a few different reasons. There is a lot of very neat Camaro racing history that is going to get lost to time if it doesn't get shared. It took a whole lot of time and effort to get to the knowledge level I have attained on the subject and I often wonder why it had to be so hard. If you look at the history that the Mustang road racer guys have acquired and shared, and to some extent also the AMC guys, it is pretty sad and pathetic to see so little info on the Camaro. I think the history of the car and the people involved with racing them deserves better --- MUCH better --- than what has been chronicled so far. This is just the start and it will grow because it needs to and deserves to.
3088  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: March 29, 2011, 10:42:21 AM
Here is the Todco Racing Camaro driven by Craig Fisher at Kent, WA Sept. 7th, 1969.
Craig finished 5th overall. This race was won by Ronnie Bucknum after Mark Donohue
blew his engine on lap 32 of a 135 lap race.

3089  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: F.I.A. Homologation Papers #1449 on: March 29, 2011, 09:33:41 AM
Thanks for the question, Phil. You can read some information on that hemi-head 302 Chevy engine at the link below...

http://www.guinns-engineering.com/Ricks%20Hemi%20Heads%20and%20Cam.htm

On looks alone, a very impressive piece. However, it did not deliver the horsepower to match its looks.
3090  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: F.I.A. Homologation Papers #1449 on: March 28, 2011, 12:42:49 PM
1969 FIA Homologation papers





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