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211  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
212  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
213  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
214  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
215  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
216  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
217  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
218  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

219  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rusty Jowett's 1967 Camaro Trans-Am Race Car on: August 07, 2011, 07:45:00 PM
Jon, what is the correct spelling of Mark's last name - Schwein or Schwien?

Robert Barg
220  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Rusty Jowett's 1967 Camaro Trans-Am Race Car on: August 01, 2011, 11:58:22 AM
Chad, thanks for all the Bill Lange info about Rusty and Mark (who would give us the "hot tip" sometimes to help us with race prep). 

Any chance Bill would have contact with Rusty, who seems to have quit racing after 71.

Robert Barg
221  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: ZL1 CAMARO SCCA ? on: July 20, 2011, 10:15:37 AM
Yes, FIA GT class.  The 5 L guys ran in FIA Touring 2-5 L

Robert Barg
222  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: ZL1 CAMARO SCCA ? on: July 19, 2011, 11:11:31 PM
Camaros were allowed to run with big blocks in SCCA T/A starting in 73.  I believe the A sedan class remained at 305 ci till the end of that class in 77.  Camaros were not classified as production cars like the Corvettes were.

Robert Barg
223  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: July 18, 2011, 10:06:30 PM
That photo is the Mo Carter car (ex Jim Hall camaro)) that Mo had been racing in 71 and 72 also with those same colours.  Dick Brown would have been the co-driver for that event.  In 73 that car was running a big block 427 if I remember, or a least a 350 - all new T/A rules in 73.

Robert Barg
224  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Wolverine Trans-Am photos on: July 12, 2011, 01:06:56 PM
I was going to add that Judy Stropus (ace scorer) knew exactly who won the race, but Jon beat me to it. Very clever on Roger's part to accept the glory and accolades on behalf of Donohue and Chevy (all part of the Unfair Advantage).  Moore and the Ford gang must have been ticked off.

Our gang had trouble keeping an accurate lap chart after about 30 minutes - not easy to do with lots of distractions. We didn't have a "pro" scoring person(s).

I'm sure it cost us a few places sometimes as we didn't know our position.  I could have gone from "cruise" mode to "speed up" later in the race.

Robert Barg
225  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
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