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46  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: December 04, 2013, 12:57:57 PM
After we did 3 T/A races in 72, the owner Al Richards sold the car to a Vito Micielli, who raced at Pinecrest Speedway just outside of Toronto.  Al knew many of these stock car guys and worked with some
of them in his day job.  Usually he borrowed one of their single axle stock car trailers for our T/A expeditions, and I wouild borrow pick up tricks from my friends to tow the trailers.

Several years ago I contacted Vito's son who told me the camaro got "bent" and was parted out.  "No idea what happed to the remains but likely went to a scrap yard".

Robert Barg
47  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: December 04, 2013, 12:23:49 AM
Mike, you referred to a Bob Tucker racing for Bannerman Motors.  Most of us knew him as Bud.  Not sure of his real first name but can find out.  Gary Grant is his son "The Garage Blog".

Robert Barg
48  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 2013 Watkins Glen and Lime Rock HTA events on: November 25, 2013, 07:06:00 PM
Forgot to post this, but sadlly I learned that weekend, that Paul Nichter has passed.  "Nic" raced that ex Jowett 68 camaro very hard - he was one of the leading independant drivers
and had several top 10 finishes. "Just drive the wheels off of that camaro" he told me one day.

Robert Barg
49  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: November 05, 2013, 11:36:48 AM
That #9 69 camaro listed earlier on Racing Junk has been relisted - same price but now showing a lap time of 2:27.2 at RA.  That is a smokin' hot lap time.

I suspect a "modernized" car with a big small block and/or a pro driver.

Robert Barg
50  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Finding Drivers on: October 29, 2013, 11:10:13 PM
I should clarify my above post re   ultimateracinghistory  .  Trans-Am results are listed   When I said no SCCA, I meant their regular amateur club races

Robert Barg
51  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Recommended Reading on: October 25, 2013, 11:20:17 PM
Has anyone read  "I am Parnelli Jones" .  Looks like a good read but curious if there is much about his T/A days.  PJ was one of the toughest ever to strap on a helmet.

Robert Barg
52  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Finding Drivers on: October 25, 2013, 03:25:35 PM
Google up   "IMSA history"  for results

Some of the SCCA regions have historians - usually older guys who kept results etc.

If you can find some SCCA monthly  "Sports Car" mags, they have results.

Robert Barg
53  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Finding Drivers on: October 24, 2013, 11:38:18 PM  is very useful - they list some of the pro series drivers but not scca.  Also check their listing of tracks and what races and dates they ran - can see who raced in the events.

RacingSportsCars is another one to check out.

Robert Barg
54  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: October 20, 2013, 12:01:41 PM
I remember we had a false Le Mans start for the 69 Sebring race.  There was a timing mix-up and we had to run across the track again.  It kind of took the edge off, having to do it twice.  I made sure I was
belted up and waited till most of the cars had left.  Didn't want to get involved in any nonsense right at the start.

Robert Barg
55  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: October 09, 2013, 11:32:47 AM
Mike, I don't believe Bob Tucker is the same guy.  Gary from the Garage Blog should have any pics of Bud running his Sprite or AMX.

The early AMX was a 2 seater so did not qualify as a sedan per SCCA specs  Not sure how SCCA classified A,B,C etc production classes but it also had something to do
with performance specs as classes were bumped up and down thru the years.

Robert Barg
56  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: October 08, 2013, 10:25:46 PM
Mike, Bud Tucker works close by and I see him occasionally.  An AMX was classed as a B production car - was not run as a sedan.  His son Gary Grant runs  "The Garage Blog".

Robert Barg
57  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Websites that might be of interest to us on: October 04, 2013, 10:35:53 AM
This is an excellent video.  Best of all, there is no blaring backgrouond music - just the sound of those mighty small blocks. It also shows the elevation changes of the track nicely.

Interesting that the HTA group chose to run the long track.  We did not use that layout till 72 and the NASCAR inner loop before the chute was not there then.

Robert Barg
58  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 2013 Watkins Glen and Lime Rock HTA events on: September 11, 2013, 08:01:16 PM
Yes, too bad about the accident but these things happen in racing.  I had a great time tramping around the paddock and visiting some old racer guys I hadn't seen in many years like Waren Agor and
Dan Furey.  Warren had his last IMSA Monza entered but had mechanical problmes and didn't race. Dan was there with his Mustang and so was Jan Nelson and his Mustang.

It was great to meet up with Ed Wheatley and the old Hoffman camaro which Ed drove very well.  Bill and Jan looked good out on the track also.

On the way home we had to stop in at the Village Variety store and found 3 original new 70,71,72 T/A programs which I had to buy. Had sold the 68 Kent program to Ike who now has
the Tatum/Pendleton Cougar that was in that race, and also got Warren to buy a 74 IMSA/Can-Am program in which he drove both his McLaren and Camaro.  I almost broke even ha ha.

There was also a great media lunch on the Saturday hosted by SVRA and m c'd very well by Mike Joy who had a guest drive in the race.

Robert Barg

59  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 2013 Monterey motorsports reunion: Who's going? on: August 20, 2013, 09:59:02 AM
I think it's time I signed up for the Bondurant Driving School - might learn something and get my hands on one of those nice machines.

Robert Barg
60  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / IROC Camaros on: August 18, 2013, 11:51:34 PM
Good read in latest issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines "Two Days at Riverside" - story of the first IROC camaros built by Penske.  I happened to see that race in person on one of my
visits to Riverside.  In the early nineties I was offered one of those cars but I passed.

Gordie Oftedahl purchased a few of these cars for his T/A rental operation in the late 70's. Roy Woods drove one of those cars for Gordie at the Westwood T/A in 80. I
drove the first ex Dick Hoffman 70 camaro to 12th in that race despite brake problems.

Robert Barg
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