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16  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014 on: May 04, 2014, 01:14:16 PM
More info - "Pre-Reunion open to spectators" on the google.

Robert Barg
17  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Dana Chevrolet on: May 01, 2014, 10:57:39 AM
Dale Armstrong was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1995.

Robet Barg
18  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014 on: April 24, 2014, 07:14:19 PM
According the the Historic Trans-Am schedule, they will be at the Monterey pre-historics, and also the COTA vintage nationals.

Robert
19  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014 on: April 24, 2014, 12:49:55 AM
Just got this info from Chad -

Fri - T/A practise @ 10:30 AM and @ 2:50 PM - both 15 min. each

Sat - Q @ 2:50 pm - 25 min.

Sun - race @ 2:30 PM - 11 laps

Robert
20  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014 on: April 20, 2014, 06:52:08 PM
Victor, not sure yet about attending either event this year.  Have been to the Monterey Historics 9 or 10 times since 85 and probably 3 or 4 times to the Sonoma historics.  Did race at the 80 Laguna Seca T/A -
was scheduled to go to Riverside the following wknd. but a race accident at Laguna prevented that.

If you google  "events Monterey car week" and "Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion" you will find some info.  Sonoma has not listed their schedule yet but should be similar to 2013.
Note that there will be no T/A racing at Laguna on the Sunday from what I could find.

Note that you will pay extra for seats at Monterey over the pits and between turns 2 and 3 but they are free in the Sonoma grandstand next to the paddock.

Robert
21  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014 on: April 20, 2014, 01:23:36 PM
General admin tickets will get you into the paddock up and close for either Monterey or Sonoma.

Warning - bring a cc with room or lots of cash to Monterey if you want to take part in all the festivities.  Book your motel room early for either event - cheaper rates the farther you
are from the track.

Robert
22  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014 on: April 20, 2014, 10:43:27 AM
Based on past experience, you will find the the most cars at the Monterey Historics.  General Racing has not even updated their website with 2014 info with only 1 month to go for Sonoma.
Sonoma does not have all the other hoopla like auctions and concorso events like Monterey, but there are washrooms and grandstands for viewing close by the paddock - important for an old coot like me.

I have not been to Coronado, but perhaps Chad or Jon can comment for that event.

Robert Barg
23  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
24  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
25  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
26  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
27  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















28  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
29  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
30  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
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