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151  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 29, 2012, 10:26:44 PM
Re the Michigan 71 T/A photo - I believe those cars were lined up for a practise session, in no particular order.

Robert Barg
152  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Robert Barg, Trans-Am racer on: June 25, 2012, 09:08:06 AM
Mid-Ohio paddock - in those days, there was very little paved paddock area, so our status ensured we were out in the grass area. I remember this 71 race weekend as being very hot and I had to be helped out of the car at the finish - suffering from heat exhaustion - had to go to the medic area for help.

Lime Rock - this looks like just the time that Donohue came up behind me and tapped me twice in the back, just to let me know he was there and not to make a dumb move (he knew I couldn't see anything out the back window).  At first I thought I was going to get punted off.  He gave me a wave as he went buy on the right.  Later in the pits I looked at the front of the Javelin - not a mark on it.

I went down the front escape road 3 times taking evasive action and from just plain overdriving.  We did have rain tires and managed a 9th.

Robert Barg
153  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Robert Barg, Trans-Am racer on: June 24, 2012, 10:13:00 PM
Friends at Mid-Ohio - it was lunch break I think, and we are gathered at Alfie's old converted bus which he carried his 69 camaro race car in. I am leaning against the bus and you can see my hand sticking out.  Mo is standing with his hat on, and to his right is "Stevie" (Stephanie), Alfie's wife.  She was also a racer in a mini and a camaro, but not T/A.  Sadly, she passed away in the early eighiies from cancer.  Alfie is sitting down and his young mechanic helper guy Barry Coombs, has his head turned around looking at something.  I had some contact with him a few years ago.  Alfie is also gone, killed in a road crash several years ago.  He was a neat guy. Before joining the T/A series, he raced a Chinook Can-Am car and a Chinook F 5000 car.

Tire grunt work at MO - mechanic Roy Bean and I are checking out our race tires, hoping that they would last the distance of the race, as they were probably used. Roy would later club race the first Dick Hoffman 70 camaro which eventually passed thru my hands. Last talked to Roy a few years ago - he built a race truck and maintained it for his employer.  He also, in the late seventies, worked for Brad Franciis, who built Mo's tube frame IMSA camaro.  Brad is a tech director for a Nascar team, last I heard.

Robert Barg





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154  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Robert Barg, Trans-Am racer on: June 23, 2012, 12:38:28 AM
These photos look to be from Harewood Acres.  Don't remember about the hood business. I don't recall ever using the number 46.

The track was near the small town of Jarvis Ontario, and actually leased out to the London Automobile Sport Club (LASC)  who organized 3 race weekends there each year.  Other Ontario car clubs also put on races at this track.

Robert
155  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Robert Barg, Trans-Am racer on: June 21, 2012, 05:49:45 PM
Not sure about the top photo, but the above - we are staying in the Campgound Hilton tent (left side of photo) in the St. Jovite paddock.  The price was right.

St. Jovite, also known as Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, is set in the beautiful Laurentian hill country.  You can see the ski runs from the racetrack, and there is some great accomodation nearby, but it just didn't fit our budget at the time. I think this is the last time the car was raced in the blue colour at the 70 TA race.

The track itself is a magnificent test of man and machine. Many of the HTA cars went back there a few years ago.

Robert Barg
156  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: TRACO Fans on: June 21, 2012, 07:25:13 AM
Pigpen,

You were a brave man climbing into the roll cage with George Follmer!

I'm guessing you were at Watkins Glen? the only track in upstate NY, and if it was New England, it would have been either Bryar or Lime Rock, but I don't remember any "concrete tunnels" at either of those tracks.

Off camber right turn?  I'm scratching my head over that one - maybe that sharp right-hander leading onto the old front straight where the pits used to be? I remember the Glen as mostly high speed turns.

Like you, the memory has dimmed over the years.

Robert Barg
157  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Robert Barg, Trans-Am racer on: June 20, 2012, 12:38:14 AM
This was a 3 hr. relay race at the old Harewood Acres airport circuit - a left over from the Air Commonwealth Training Program.  Many such airports were built and used during the 2nd WW to train thousands of pilots and crew.  You can find these circuits everywhere in Canada, and much of the early post WW II sports car racing started at these tracks.  Harewood was last used in 1970.  In it's early days even Roger Penske raced there. After the war the track was sold to a farmer called Doug Hare who would let you come and practise all day during the week for $5 - no ambulance or corner workers of course.

In the race Les Miller started with his Valiant but it conked out after a few laps and Mo and I did the rest of the racing.  Les was a friend of Dick Hoffman's and that how we got to know Dick.

Robert Barg
158  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Robert Barg, Trans-Am racer on: June 17, 2012, 05:11:25 PM
Starting Grid - this is the sedan support race for the 1969 Mosport Can-Am race.  The other car on the front row is the Al Mason 68 camaro - later raced by Pete Wiseman in a few T/A races.  Pete used to race a Cooper S and operate a mini repair service in Toronto known as Fossman Racing - have lost track of him. Al Mason is restoring old cars like 57 Chevys.  For a long time he operated a Sunoco station fixing Corvettes in the days when you could actually take your car to a gas station and get your car fixed.

I finished 3rd behind Mo and Al.

Robert Barg
159  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: June 10, 2012, 12:35:14 AM
That is my engine man from 68, Brian Robertson, who is leaning in the window talking to Dick Hoffman.  Brian was not a trained mechanic, but just a backyard Chevy guy, who built my 302 engine out of parts he had lying around.

The number 48 was one that Dick like to use.  You can see that the T for touring is still on the car from Sebring.  Usually the tech guys would have told him to remove that.

Robert Barg
160  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Robert Barg, Trans-Am racer on: June 07, 2012, 11:11:24 AM
The race was actually won by a Ford GT-40 as the Amon Andretti Ferrari had mechanical problems late in the race.

Robert
161  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Robert Barg, Trans-Am racer on: June 07, 2012, 11:05:15 AM
re Sebring photos -

The tech was held downtown in the market square - a common feature of small town America.  I think it was done there to get the sleepy locals revved up about the race.  The race car crews would drive the Ferraris etc from the airport hangars to the downtown market square for tech (some 6 miles away if I remember), sometimes exceeding the speed limit I'm sure.  The local constabulary would just close their eyes to this business.  

Camaro parked on the street - we failed the FIA box drive-over for ground clearance and moved the car around the block to where my car (Dodge Monaco) and the Cadillac tow vehicle were parked (more road stories).  We had to jack up the car and Al and his crew rigged up the suspension so it would clear the FIA box one-time and we passed!

Airport hangar -

We rented some space in the airport hangars, as did other teams.  Upon startup of the car it was discovered there was way too much oil pressure.  My understanding is that the engine had to be removed from the car before some adjustiment to the oil pressure relief valve could be made?  The crew was not happy - I had told them they would have plenty of time to lie on the beach at the small lake by the town!  ha ha.

Robert
162  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: TRACO Fans on: May 23, 2012, 10:19:49 PM
Wow - 475 to 490 HP! - that's way more than I ever heard mentioned - the figure I remember was about 440-450 HP.

I'm guessing a redline of  8,000 rpm?

Robert Barg
163  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: TRACO Fans on: May 23, 2012, 06:32:39 PM
Hello Pigpen,

Great to have you with our gang.  Some questions for you - do you remember the HP and torque figures for those Penske T/A camaro engines?  Also, what redline did they use?  Were those engines only used for one race weekend and then sent back for a rebuild?

Did TRACO build "customer" camaro engines for other competitors (probably not to Penske specs)?

Did you take or keep any race photos from those T/A days?

Many thanks,

Robert Barg
164  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Gary Morgan, Trans-Am racer on: May 21, 2012, 08:07:58 PM
OK, now I'm looking at my 68 Glen T/A program with the track map, and see the chicane you are referring to - just at the start of the loop after the straight.  That chicane was never used in a T/A unless it was in 69, which I didn't enter - must have been for SCCA racing only.

Robert
165  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Gary Morgan, Trans-Am racer on: May 21, 2012, 07:26:03 PM
I don't remember that "chicane" course in 68-73 - you are referring to the chicane placed in the middle of the uphill esses?  I think that didn't come till the mid-seventies?

I remember qualifying at the 71 T/A race at 1:26 something and my fastest race lap was a 1:24 in our 67 camaro - a very basic A sedan car with about 375 HP.  The factory guys, of course, were way faster.

Robert Barg
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