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166  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: April 30, 2012, 07:34:05 PM
This was the race that Dick Hoffman drove the Al Richards 67 camaro (my ex Mo Carter car) in with a camera mounted on the right front corner of the roof (incorrectly listed as a 68 in the starting grid).  He qualified a commendable 16th.

Also finishing 12th was long-time Corvette racer Andy Porterfield who finished 12th in a 68 camaro (a one-time early T/A effort).  Andy raced up and down the west coast for five decades, was twice SCCA National Corvette Champion, an SCCA executive, raced tube frame camaros in the eighties and nineties with SCCA and IMSA.  He also established a well known family business - Porterfirld Brake Products.  I raced against Andy at the at Westwood and Laguna Seca T/A races in 1980.

Sadlly, Andy passed away recently.  He was 80. Details on Andy's career are in the latest issue of Sports Car Digest.

Robert Barg
167  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Penske Camaro on: April 24, 2012, 11:46:52 PM
Unless he has sold it, Hogan also has the 68 ex Rusty Jowett T/A camaro.  I spoke to him several years ago at I think Road America.

Robert Barg
168  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Gerry Gregory Trans-Am Camaro (Guldstrand built) on: April 23, 2012, 11:01:43 PM
Wow, this was a killer car to go T/A racing with - way above what our gang brought to the track.  An 8th and 10th place was not too shabby, but maybe Gerry expected much more?

So what happened to this car after only a few T/A races?  Is Gerry still with us?

Robert Barg
169  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sonoma Historic Festival June 1-3 at Infineon on: April 16, 2012, 09:26:43 PM
Last year the Chad Raynal pit was sort of "Race Central".  That T/A area is close to the grandstand and offers good viewing. The Raynal hospitality also is excellent.

Robert Barg
170  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sonoma Historic Festival June 1-3 at Infineon on: April 13, 2012, 02:57:06 PM
Just looking to buy a few overcrew passes as they are sold at a discont compared to the regular admission tickets, so will have to be added on to crew lists.

171  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Sonoma Historic Festival June 1-3 at Infineon on: April 13, 2012, 10:24:11 AM
Who might be entering their car at the Sonoma Historics June 1-3? I am trying to organize 4 or 5 "overcrew" passes for our gang.  If you can help it would be greatly appreciated.  My gang of "road warriors" will be arriving about Friday noonish.

Anyone else from this forum who might be attending?  Hope to see you there.

Robert Barg
172  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Todco and McConnell Racing, Canadian Trans-Am racers on: March 25, 2012, 02:37:26 PM
I have located the info that John Todds (is it Todd or Todds?) gave me over the phone around the year 2000.  If I have listed it correctly, here is what he gave me -

- 67 Camaro - driven by Derek Johnson - later sold to builder Don Duncan
- 69 Camaro (2 cars) - driven by Derek Johnson and Craig Fisher
- 70 Firebird - driven by both Fisher and Johnson - later sold to Tiny Lund
- 71 Camaro - driven by Dick Brown - later sold to Don Duncan
- 71 Camaro - driven by J Duval on BFG tires

One 69 Camaro was sold to a Hugh Dixon in Toronto (CASC member)

He gave me some ph.#'s for Duncan and Dick Brown, also for Peter Baselice - east coast vintage racer who had the 71 Duncan Camaro (Canadian Sunoco car) at that time.

Robert Barg
173  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Las Vegas 350 Trans-Am --- Stardust Int'l Raceway on: March 25, 2012, 12:05:28 PM
Thanks to Ron, Jon, and Robert for this very complete summary of the above race.  I happened to attend this race with a friend on our way out to CA - an exploratory trip with the purpose of maybe moving out there.  I had acquired a press pass from Wheelspin News out of Ontario and actually sent them a race report.  I remember hanging around the Milt Minter pits for most of the race.  Minter was a hard charger who could give anyone a run for their money.

I note that Bernd Leckow was entered in this race.  He was the guy with the NSU that I had that great D sedan race at Mid-Ohio in October of 66 along with Chuck Dietrich.  Leckow just inched me out for 2nd.

I think this was the 2nd T/A race I attended, and I had no idea at that time I would be racing a camaro in 68.

Robert Barg
174  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Roy Woods Racing, California Trans-Am racers on: March 20, 2012, 03:12:36 PM
Is this car alive and well?  being vintage raced?

175  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Penske Racing Camaro articles on: March 17, 2012, 10:00:01 PM
I love that photo on the cover - Parnelli taking "shortcuts".

Robert Barg
176  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 08, 2012, 07:16:52 PM
Ok, am I correct in assuming that front suspension mounting points were stock from 66-68?  What was to be gained by changing them? 

Robert Barg
177  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: March 08, 2012, 02:49:56 PM
I wasn't aware the rules for 69 stated "upper front A arm suspension points can be moved, and for 70 both upper and lower can be moved" according to the above article.  Is this correct?

I'll admit I didn't read the rule book or pay much attention to those things.  As far as I know we raced our 67 with stock mounting points thru 72.

Is this stuff mentioned in the "Unfair Advantage" by Donohue?

Robert Barg
178  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: February 29, 2012, 12:23:45 AM
Ken, did you get to know any of the Mo Carter crew?  I'm trying to contact a Ken Ball who also looked after Mo's Firestone tire operation.  Thanks.

Robert Barg
179  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Todco and McConnell Racing, Canadian Trans-Am racers on: February 23, 2012, 12:52:00 AM
Very sorry to hear of John Todds passing.  I did speak to him on the ph. several years ago and we talked about the old T/A days.  He gave me a run-down of the cars he was involved with and I remember trying to write it down as we spoke.  May have passed this info on to Jon?

Loved that photo also of all the guys standing around the car.

Will I see this car at the Sonoma Festival this year?  Looks like there is another trip being plannned again

Robert Barg
180  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: TRACO Fans on: February 19, 2012, 11:09:32 PM
As soon as I saw the author's name it rang a bell with me.  Gordon Chance was a well known race engine builder in the Toronto area operating  "CRM" engines.  The 69 camaro that we bought from Alfie had a CRM engine.

I spoke to him at the Monterey Historics in 07 I think, for several minutes - sort of met him by "chance".  Had never met him before, and we had an interesting chat about his CRM days.

No idea if he was a Canadian or not.

Robert Barg
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