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1  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Favorite Independent Trans-Am Driver ??? on: April 04, 2014, 10:55:57 AM
Yes, the famous 71 Lime Rock rain race, the escape road at the end of the front straight - first time it happened I was "moved over" in very poor visibility but no problem to
get back on the track - it was an "anxious moment  The next two times I must have gotten braver with late braking into one.

I'm sure Al was having a heart attack in the pits during my "excursions".

Robert Barg
2  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Favorite Independent Trans-Am Driver ??? on: April 03, 2014, 02:52:51 PM
Here are 2 more guys to add to this list - Warren Tope and Paul Nichter.

Robert Barg
3  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1971 Mid Ohio Trans Am Black & White Photographs on: January 19, 2014, 04:50:12 PM
Great photos!  I remember this race - with about 20 minutes to go before the start the sky turned black and it looked bad weather for sure.  One problem - we had passed the hat among the crew to
buy one set of tires.  A decision was made to buy rains, and we just had time to get them on the car.  By the start it was already raining hard, but after about 45 minutes it quit and the track started
to dry.  I dodged several spinning cars during the rain.  When the first fuel stop came at the 1 hr. mark we should have changed to drys but we did not have a set that would last for the duration,
so I stayed out on rains.  It was hot and humid and with the high track temperature, they started to shred and I just limped it home on those worn out rains.

Finished 13th but the frustrating part was that the 3 cars ahead of me also finished on the same lap, so in hindsight I should have pushed harder and taken a chance on the worn out tires?

At the end of the race I was bushed with heat exhaustion and had to be helped out of the car by medics and was taken to the first aid tent.

This was the race that afterwards I spotted the Chaffey College car driving down the road with the dump cans sticking out of the rear window area.  Apparently it was driven out from CA?

Robert Barg
4  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Dave Strickler Z 28 on: January 18, 2014, 10:20:12 PM
Sold for 253 K according to a report on the CRG forum.  It was sold during a TV commercial break the report said.

How about the Dave Heinz IMSA corvette for 2.5 MILLION! and the Shelby Cooper Monaco King Cobra for 1.5 M!

Robert Barg
5  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Dave Strickler Z 28 on: January 13, 2014, 09:36:53 PM
Much noise being made this week at the BJ auction about the Dave Strickler 68 Z28 drag race car.  musclecarsworld.com  Apr 2013 has the story on this drag racing icon.
I am impressed by the 11:70s @ 116 this car used to turn in it's heyday with only a "stock" 302 Grumpy built engine and 5:38 gears.

I'm guessing that factory Penske T/A cars of that year might have turned high 12's or low 13's with road race gears

Robert Barg















6  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid Ohio Trans Am Color Photographs on: January 12, 2014, 09:31:10 PM
I got my races mixed up - Dave was 8th at Bryar.  He did not race in 71 - heard many years ago the car went into storage end of 70 - has not resurfaced.  Dave passed in 91 or 92 after doing some Canadian Players
GM Series racing in those years.  I last saw him in the late 70's at Mosport attending a race.

Robert Barg
7  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Mid Ohio Trans Am Color Photographs on: January 12, 2014, 01:06:05 PM
Wow!  Look at the size of the crowd.  I missed this race because of the overheated engine at Bryar.  If I remember, team-mate Dave Lawler finished 8th in his camaro?

Robert Barg
8  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: January 08, 2014, 08:17:46 PM
11   U.S. Gallons - same as NASCAR.  You are right - they were heavy - needed a strong guy to handle them.

Robert Barg
9  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Thank You Jon on: December 19, 2013, 08:08:58 PM
Will certainly add my thanks to Jon and others who have contributed to this forum - a great trip down Trans-Am racing memory lane for me.

Merry Christmas to all,

Robert Barg
10  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: December 12, 2013, 12:23:21 PM
According to ultmateracinghistory.com Dewar only raced one T/A race at the Glen in 69, with the Javelin - described as the Ronnie Kaplan Javelin.

Gordon passed away in the mid eighties if I remember.

Robert Barg

11  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: December 07, 2013, 01:27:44 AM
The guy who just sold the 68 camaro race car on ebay, also has a 69 AMX roller listed on ebay.

Robert Barg
12  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: December 04, 2013, 10:24:48 PM
Mike, the project clone car is coming along, although I haven't seen it for several months.  The goal is to be ready for the 2014 NW vintage season.

Robert
13  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: December 04, 2013, 12:57:57 PM
After we did 3 T/A races in 72, the owner Al Richards sold the car to a Vito Micielli, who raced at Pinecrest Speedway just outside of Toronto.  Al knew many of these stock car guys and worked with some
of them in his day job.  Usually he borrowed one of their single axle stock car trailers for our T/A expeditions, and I wouild borrow pick up tricks from my friends to tow the trailers.

Several years ago I contacted Vito's son who told me the camaro got "bent" and was parted out.  "No idea what happed to the remains but likely went to a scrap yard".

Robert Barg
14  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: December 04, 2013, 12:23:49 AM
Mike, you referred to a Bob Tucker racing for Bannerman Motors.  Most of us knew him as Bud.  Not sure of his real first name but can find out.  Gary Grant is his son "The Garage Blog".

Robert Barg
15  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 2013 Watkins Glen and Lime Rock HTA events on: November 25, 2013, 07:06:00 PM
Forgot to post this, but sadlly I learned that weekend, that Paul Nichter has passed.  "Nic" raced that ex Jowett 68 camaro very hard - he was one of the leading independant drivers
and had several top 10 finishes. "Just drive the wheels off of that camaro" he told me one day.

Robert Barg
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