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166  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Todco and McConnell Racing, Canadian Trans-Am racers on: February 09, 2012, 11:09:09 PM
Hi Ken, glad you have joined us.  Always good to hear from someone who was involved.

I have the official results from the 69 Sebring 12 hr.  The Todco entry was listed as a white #93 camaro (does not give the year) and was driven by Serge Adam (they have Adams) and Craig Fisher - credited with 174 laps and 30th o/a (4th in the Touring class).  Rick Stevens and I finished 25th o/a and 3rd in the Touring class - did 180 laps and were 2 laps behind the Bruce Behrens  #17 camaro with Vince Gimondo and John Tremblay driving - they were 22nd o/a.  Class winners were the (Freeport) Bahama Racing team #94 camaro of Norberto Mastrandea and Robert Ormes.  The camaros were all in the 2-5 L Touring class with the exception of the Yenko and Grossman camaro who were GT class winners and 10th o/a.  Somewhere I have the entry list which would list the years of the cars.

I have the Sebring program as well as the poster, official results, lap chart book for all competitors, newspaper clippings etc.

Would sure love to go back there one more time to have a look.

Robert Barg
 
167  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: January 27, 2012, 01:04:42 AM
This was a very well built car.  Al never raced it in a Trans-Am but it later was raced in 3 or 4 T/A races by Peter Wiseman of Toronto.  It passed thru my hands in 1980 as a roller (still had wind-up windows).  I, of course, flipped it for a profit, so I could go and race at the 1980 Hallet Trans-Am with the first ex Dick Hoffman 1970/71 T/A camaro   It was supposedly put back on the street, but I heard many years later from Al Mason that it ended up as a drag racer in eastern Canada - whereabouts unkown.

Robert Barg
168  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Interview with Robert Barg, Trans-Am racer on: January 27, 2012, 12:55:04 AM
Very interesting ad - who bought this car?  What was the date of that ad?  Possibly the car that Alfie Ruys de Perez raced in 71? and was later purchased by Rick Stevens and I in 72 - see the photo of the red camaro with Rick standing beside it.

Robert Barg
169  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photo Gallery for A/Sedan and A-B/Production cars on: January 21, 2012, 01:35:00 PM
ah, a Cobra! As much as I liked my old camaros, there would be nothing a like a wind-in-the-face Cobra - no airbags, no modern electronic gizmos etc.

Anyone got a spare Factory Five kit they don't want? (I might put a 327 in it).

Robert Barg
170  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Mt Tremblant 4-Hour race, May 21 1967 on: January 21, 2012, 01:21:57 PM
Many thanks Craig, and Jon, for posting this info - sure brings back some memories.

This track was/is one of the most challenging race tracks you will find anywhere.  I urge all those who are able, to do a track day, or take your race car there.

 That run down the front slightly downhill straight, then the dip, and up over the hump (full-tilt boogie at 120 mph plus), and then down that steep incline, then flattening out quickly for the turn 2 righthander under compression and heavy steering (remember, no ps in those days), before setting up for the turn 3 lefthander, will test anyone. That combination was the key to getting down the following straight. I never had much luck there - exhaust fumes in 70, flat tire in 71, and a very tired street engine in 77, but enjoyed every minute there - actually qualified there in 71 with a time that would have put me on the front row in 67!  The track is in a very picturesque part of "la belle provence".

Robert Barg
171  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photo Gallery for A/Sedan and A-B/Production cars on: January 21, 2012, 12:58:06 PM
I have a vague recollection that there was a husband and wife team that drove Corvettes at WH, but can't recall their names or whether they shared one car or each had one.

Robert Barg
172  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Mt Tremblant 4-Hour race, May 21 1967 on: January 17, 2012, 12:50:13 AM
This was a most interesting 4 hr. sedan race - I attended as a crew member for my friend Rick Stevens who brought his 1293 mini. Rick and I would later team up in camaros.  The mini he brought was the same one he raced earlier in the year at the Sebring Trans-Am 4 hr.  For this race he recruited ace mini driver Bill Brack (twice Canadian Driving Champion in a F B and F Atlantic stalwart).

Unfortunately, they were protested at race's end, by another compeitor, Ted Powell.  It was deemed the rear track was 1" too wide, necessitated by spacers to accomodate some new Firestone rear tires.  There was a long discussion for several hours by race stewards before the decision was reached.

The decision meant that $800 flew out the window, and they were disqualified from the results, not just a penalty or a small fine.
It was not a happy gang that loaded up and went home after that bitter taste.

Robert Barg
173  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Z/28 Trans Am Anniversary Customer List...... on: January 06, 2012, 12:13:04 PM
I see that my car was the 24th built (City Chev-Olds).  Mo Carter took this car on the Shell 4000 Cross Canada Rally early in 67 (20th o/a) before building it into a road racer for club racing in Ontario. I can remember him battling Bill Brack's famous mini at Mosport.

Do we know how many of those cars on the list went road racing?

Robert Barg



174  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Daytona 24-Hour recollections on: January 01, 2012, 01:22:09 PM
Jon,  the secret here was to drive 7 or 8 10ths - keep the revs down. A big block Corvette in those days was a scary thing to drive, especially for small bore guys who were maybe used to 69 HP!  They would also have been lucky to avoid any nonsense on the track.

Craig drove some T/A races in small bore cars according to URH.

Robert Barg
175  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Daytona 24-Hour recollections on: January 01, 2012, 11:26:51 AM
I love this story!  I can relate to the "David vs. Goliath" aspect (Sebring 12 hr. 1969).  Did the Corvette and the drivers do more racing?

Robert Barg
176  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: December 28, 2011, 09:16:10 PM
I remember the name but we only did 3 Camel Gt's in 72, so did not meet him.  Rick later did 1 or 2 of those races in his 1293 Cooper S at Talledega.

Is that car alive somewhere?

Robert Barg
177  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: December 26, 2011, 03:52:58 AM
Nice photos of Jerry's car - you can see the MH he used to come to the track with - not too many of them in the paddock in those days.  Looks like the photos were taken at Watkins Glen.  The crowds were getting sparse in 72 as the factories were gone, although still lots of privateer guys.

Just realized I quoted the auction price in Canadian dollars, as that is what comes thru in my thread, since I'm north of the border.

Al Richards (my car owner) just advised me that he remembers we had oil pump problems that resulted in engine failure at the Glen.  That was the last race for the old 67 camaro.  Al retired the car and it was sold to a stock car guy who went oval racing with it.

At about the same time, Rick Stevens and I purchased the ex Alfie Ruys de Perez 69 T/A camaro and went IMSA Camel GT racing.

Robert Barg
178  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: December 24, 2011, 02:20:49 PM
Ok you guys, if you want to play with the west coast boys, the 1969 ex Jerry Petersen T/A camaro is on ebay for a cool "buy it now" of only $132,600!  Lance Smith is the current owner.

Jerry was one of the guys I got to know a bit at the track  - a lawyer guy from the Cleveland area. I qualified one spot ahead of him at the 72 WG race but had a dnf - to this day I can't remember why!

Robert Barg
179  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The 1972 SCCA Brass Tags and Log Book issued to TA Cars on: December 10, 2011, 01:41:52 AM
Hi Ken,

Welcome to the forum.  Can you tell us who drove your car in those races?

Robert Barg
180  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: So many questions... on: November 17, 2011, 08:19:13 PM
The 67 camaro "barn find" which appears to be an old SCCA  A sedan car, that my friend has purchased in OR, may have had some owner involvement with a race car club that was associated with Clippinger Chev out of West Covina. LA.  Doubt that anyone on this forum can go back that far to the late sixties thru the seventies, but you never know!

Still don't have any names to attach to this car but working on it.

Robert Barg
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