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181  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
182  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
183  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
184  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: November 13, 2011, 11:10:53 AM
Jon,

 Dick and I shared the car but drove separate races, hence the different numbers.  I want to know who is the guy impersonating my body that wknd? (guy on the left in the photo).

Robert
185  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: November 03, 2011, 10:37:53 PM
oops, I made a typo - I meant to say A sedan phased out in 78 but I was apparently wrong on that date.

Ron, I ran one race at Waterford Hills in 67 in a 998 mini - great track for a small bore car.  It happened to be on the same wknd. as the Detroit riots - on the way home we wondered what all the smoke plumes were coming out of downtown Detroit as we headed to either the bridge or the tunnel.

My engine guy Brian also brought his 327 4 dr . biscayne that weekend and we checked out Woodward Ave.  Brian was badly outgunned with his puny 275 hp biscayne that he used to drag race I think in something like H stock.

Robert Barg
186  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: November 02, 2011, 08:14:34 PM
I believe A sedan was phased out starting in 68 and those cars were morphed into GT 1.  A friend, Al Ratcliff in Toronto, started building a 69 camaro into a Trans-Am car in the mid seventies and I drove it a few times including the 77 T/A at St. Jovite.  By then we had Category 1 and Catergory 2 cars in the same race. In 80 it was Cat 1 only. By 81 the tub cars were totally obsolete as the tube frame cars took over.  Al's car was later wrecked at Mosport after he sold it.

There was another recent 69 camaro road race car for sale recently on ebay with no known history. It was red if I remember, then later in primer.  I have emailed the seller to see what happened to it.

Robert Barg

187  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1970 Road America Trans-Am photos on: October 24, 2011, 10:49:42 PM
Nice to see those photos Jon, especially of my buddy Peter Schwartzott in his 69 camaro.  I knew Peter quite well. He was from Niagara Falls NY and one time he brought his camaro over to the Harewood Acres track where I raced against him in a Canadian Touring Car race. Peter only did 4 T/A races that year I think, and I believe then sold the camaro.  His car has not appeared in the Vintage race world to my knowledge.  He and his gang called "Dimension Racing" later built a very fast 2.5 Datsun 510.  He later was a strong competitor in the Rabbit Bilstein series and then World Challenge or similar in several Hondas.  Have lost track of him but I believe he has moved elsewhere in NY state.

Robert Barg
188  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Old Bits That Still Work - Chevy 12-Bolt Rear End on: October 05, 2011, 03:33:38 PM
I rememeber that when we changed the rear end assembly at Lime Rock to 4:56 on the Saturday night from 3:73 I picked up an easy 2 seconds within ony a few laps - was for the 73 T/A race when we still had the 302 in our 69 car. Many of the camaro guys just carried 2 or 3 complete assemblies with them to the tracks.  4:56 would have worked great also at Bryar.

Robert Barg
189  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: October 05, 2011, 11:44:32 AM
Bruce, I remember that races at Mid-Ohio were usually well attended.  The track has several small "knolls" that spectators usually congregated at. That was either a practise day or just not a good viewing area.

Mid-Ohio was a favoutite track of mine to go racing at.

When are you going to bring that car over and do some of the tracks that we raced at?  I will make sure to attend!

Robert Barg
190  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: September 05, 2011, 10:19:30 AM
Yes, I've met Tony Garmey who has the McLaren.  He races with the SOVREN vintage group out of Seattle. and gives it a good ride. 

Robert Barg
191  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: September 04, 2011, 11:52:48 AM
Performance Engineering was run by Dave Billes, a member of the well-known Canadian Tire family of stores, originally mostly auto parts and tire related, but now much more than that.  Lots of stores everywhere in Canada.  Dave is a member of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame.  He was a Corvette racer in the early sixties, before opening his shop in Barrie Ontario (about an hour's drive north of Toronto).

He sponsored a Can-Am car run by John Cordts and later a CART Indy car for Jacque Villeneuve (the "Uncle") under the Canadian Tire umbrella. Some othe family members also went drag racing.

Performance Engineering was probably the best known Canadian engine prep shop in those days.  I believe it is still operating. Gord Chance worked for Dave at one time and later opened his own business known as CRM  Gord later moved to CA  with his engine prep business.


Robert  Barg
192  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Marshall Robbins - Carl Shafer on: August 27, 2011, 08:56:33 PM
Nice to hear that - can't imagine that too many guys who raced still have their original cars.  My first two 1st generation cars are long gone, although the ex Dick Hoffman 71 car is still alive - last I heard it was listed for sale with Dale Phelon Racing.

Robert Barg
193  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Marshall Robbins - Carl Shafer on: August 27, 2011, 07:08:20 PM
Jerry still has his old camaro?  From memory, I spoke to him at one of the Vancouver Molson Indy events, when the T/A was a support race to the Indy cars, and Max was driving.  Jerry and I raced against each other 4 times according to ultimateracinghistory.com

Robert Barg
194  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sunoco fueling rig on: August 23, 2011, 12:28:38 AM
SCCA, of course, should have jumped on this the first time they saw this apparatus, and kicked it out then and there - a perfect example of the "Unfair Advantage". I can't imagine the time and expense involved.

Robert Barg
195  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Mid-Ohio Trans-Am photos on: August 14, 2011, 09:51:31 PM
From memory we used either 40 or probably 50 wt. racing oil.  I had a deal with the local Valvoline rep to get maybe 5 cases of free oil for the season. We had to display their decal on our car and sign some papers to authorize the use of our name in case we won something.  There was probably also some contingency money from Valvoline at each T/A race.  They were a big presence in the racing world at that time.

Also Sunoco 260 was FREE for the race cars, and we usually managed to fill our 2 dump cans for the trip home.

Robert Barg

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