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211  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Bryar Trans-Am photos on: July 05, 2011, 10:11:48 PM
Great shots of that famous Penske refueling rig.  I remember that in 68 my engine guy Brian and I went to Mid-Ohio on a T/A "scouting trip" to see what we might learn in advance of heading to the Glen for our first T/A adventure. That refueling rig was in use that weekend.

We observed one of the Penske camaros on a ramp truck in the pit area and proceeded to snoop around and underneath the car, but were soon spotted by a Penske crew member who chased us off.  Wonder what they were trying to hide? Cam't remember if we spotted anything "strange".

My thanks also to Ron for these wonderful photos.

Robert Barg
212  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Chaffey College and Sam Contino on: July 02, 2011, 11:53:05 AM
The camaro was listed for sale some time ago - maybe ebay or was it at an auction?

Paul Van Valkenburgh drove the car out from CA for the 71 Mid-Ohio T/A.  After the race was over and we were on our way home with truck and race car I spotted the Chaffey College car going the opposite way with race tires in the back seat and dump cans sticking out of the rear side windows. Don't remember if he was heading home to CA or just going to the next race.

Robert Barg
213  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 29, 2011, 06:38:18 PM
The red #92 camaro being dirt-tracked is Rusty Jowett.  He was a leading independant driver in 68 and 69 with 13 top ten finishes including some top fives. He also had a 2nd and 3rd in 2 Nascar baby grand races.  He wrecked his 67 camaro at the 68 Watkins Glen T/A race - I was following him when suddenly he went off track and rolled the car a few times.  A 68 car was then built from a Penske body-in-white with much help from Donohue. Rusty was very fast but did not race in 70 and only once in 71 - often wonder what happened to such a promising racing career.  Paul Nichter from Buffalo was the next owner and racer of that 68 car. "Nick" used to tell me just to "drive the wheels off that camaro" I was racing.

Robert Barg
214  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 29, 2011, 12:03:45 AM
Maybe I didn't make it very clear either, but the car with #50 only ran at Mid Ohio, so somewhow it ended up in Ford film also.

Robert
215  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 28, 2011, 07:03:12 PM
The car # at Mid Ohio was # 50.  Dick used # 48 at Riverside, his usual race #,  according to the photo with the camera on my "interview" thread. Also I don't see any camera on the car in Tim's photo.

Robert Barg
216  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 27, 2011, 10:14:05 PM
This would be the 69 Mid-Ohio T/A.  Tim has a racing T/A film?

Robert Barg
217  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Tracks of the '66-'72 SCCA Trans-Am series on: June 23, 2011, 08:26:49 PM
Jon, have you posted the current layout photo? I don't believe it is the old circuit that we used to race on. I sort of remember using part of the paved oval.  The paddock had little pavement - was full of rocks.

Except for 70 when our 67 camaro was overheated in the paddock and I didn't get to start, I had good luck there in 71 & 72 - 11th and then 12th as I remember. I do remember that a 3:73 final drive was not ideal - needed a 4:56.

Robert Barg
218  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Tracks of the '66-'72 SCCA Trans-Am series on: June 21, 2011, 01:25:11 AM
Thanks Jon, for posting these layouts.  Unfortunately I never got to race at RA in those early T/A days - the track was just too far away for us to get back in time for work on Mon. AM and our budget was usually depleted by the time the race was held.  I have spectated there many times starting in the early sixties.  The town of Elkhart Lake is a neat resort town close to the track.  I was last there in 05 I think when they had the big group 6 crash on Sunday during the Kohler vintage wknd.

I did get to Laguna but not until the 80 T/A race in the first ex Dick Hoffman 71T/A camaro.  It was that original layout that Jon has posted.  I remember some transmission shifting problems in practise and only got a few practise laps in. As a result qualified way back and got involved in a big crash that ended our day. I remember a very challenging and very fast layout. The crash also meant we couldn't race at Riverside the next wknd so I missed out there, although Dick Hoffman drove the 67 camaro at the 69 T/A race.  He was the "camera car" that you have seen a photo of.

Robert Barg
219  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sonoma Historics (Formerly Wine Country Classic) on: June 15, 2011, 11:38:37 PM
Well I did get to the Sonoma Festival and spent some time in the T/A garages where I met Chad, Robert, and Jon, and a few more guys.  Really enjoyed my time there.  Those cars sure looked way more spiffy than how I remember most of them.

The weather was brutal on Saturday but they adjusted the Sunday schedule so everyone got to race.  Chad, I thought you won the race on Sunday, or it looked like you did from where I sat in the grandstand, but the official results say no?

Came down from BC in my old 99 Dodge Caravan with 2 of my friends, one of whom just started racing an 87 ex Canadian Player's GM series camaro 2 years ago. He is now building a stronger 87 camaro. He is 59, an engineer guy and is having fun.  The old Caravan was an unkown quantity but never missed a beat down and back.  some of my T/A programs found happy new owners.

Robert Barg

220  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 09, 2011, 09:00:37 PM
Our 67 camaro was assigned that # 16 for the 69 Sebring race.  Turned out to be a good number as we finished 25th o/a and 3rd in the 2-5 litre touring class.

Robert Barg
221  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: May 27, 2011, 11:30:31 PM
This is a good looking A sedan car (no T/A history), and appears to be mostly "period correct"  I don't believe there are too many of those SCCA A sedan cars left that are racing.

Jerry Taylor in OR has a clone 67 camaro T/A car.  This is the 2nd one he has built - is asking $60 K I believe which seems like a fair price.  Jerry at one time owned the ex Leigh Gardner camro that did a few T/A races.

If you just want to play with most vintage groups a clone car will do fine.  A few years ago the trading price on a privateer T/A car was about $125 K, depending on it's state of restoration. Have no idea where prices are at in today's economy.

Some friends of mine are hoping to replicate my 67 T/A camaro.  They have a shell and some driveline parts.  It will be interesting to see what money they will have invested when they are done (not counting labour).

Robert Barg

222  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sonoma Historics (Formerly Wine Country Classic) on: May 23, 2011, 08:09:46 PM
Jon, I will be down there with a few friends (driving from Vancouver B.C.) - should be there sometime Friday afternoon.  Will be visiting Ron Tribble and chad Raynal among others in the paddock and staying at the Comfort Inn in Vallejo Friday and Saturday.

I'm going to bring my Trans-Am and Can-Am programs - it's time they found a new home.

Robert Barg
223  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: May 22, 2011, 12:02:51 PM
A great story on one of the unsung racing heros.  I was priveleged to meet him at the 09 Petersen Tribute to Trans-Am. - always had great admiration for the guys who could weld and fabricate etc.

Robert Barg

224  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am brake cooling on: May 21, 2011, 11:21:42 PM
Very interesting stuff.   Too bad David Bean didn't have someone proof-read his spelling.  He went to work for the Titus-Godsall Pontiac gang for the 70 season I understand.  He is still active in the Lotus restoration/repair business.

As John noted in my "interview" we didn't stand a chance trying to compete against that level of preparation, never mind Donohue's driving ability.

Robert Barg
225  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Factory rear sway bar set-up, 1967 on: May 13, 2011, 08:17:41 PM
I'm curious if the Historic T/A cars are running rear sway bars?  Did stock Z 28's have a rear bar?  I think we tried a rear bar a few times, and in the end decided it didn't work for us, but maybe with more test time etc. it may have done.

Robert Barg
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