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1  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Monterey 2014 on: August 20, 2014, 03:42:01 AM
Hi Robert and Jon

No i didn't make it this year as i've too much happening back here and my dad recently had a stroke so dealing with that currently, and with Maserati as the marque it was less incentive for me to fly up as i knew it would be a smaller event, first Monterey i've missed in 10 or so years. I had plenty of mates attending so they kept up with the goings on. Personally for me the Trans Am group would have been the premier class but as always plenty else to see and i'll be back next year. Heard about the Gimbel crash which is always a shame with these old historic cars. Great to hear Mike Eddy in his Falcon getting the sportsman award, well deserved i say.

Robert, Paul's old Camaro is getting winter fresh-in up for our coming season which starts next month, its a very cool car and i've been working on that white 68 advertised in Vintage Motorsport recently but think it got sold so keep your eyes out for others. We also have Australian Trans Am(Replicas) group over for our Historic Festival in January and have to be in Sydney in 3 weeks time to attend there next event for PR, where does the year go?

As always keep in-touch guys and take care

Dale Mathers(NZL)
2  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New Zealand/Australian Camaros And Firebirds on: June 15, 2014, 04:51:25 AM
Thanks for some insight on the wheels, Steve. That Camaro in your photo looks very nicely done although the roll cage looks to be patterned after more modern designs rather than something from back in the day. I'm glad you found some usefulness in the rule books I posted. It provides some sort of validation for the effort being put in here. Best of luck with that new HMC group. I suspect it will be a roaring success.

Off-course what we are doing down here Jon is building a current day non historic old car racing class to old school rules but unfortunately(or fortunately) in todays world safety items like roll-cage specifications have to be built to current Motorsport NZ regulations along with seat design, belts, etc! we have the good ol mother England and the queen to thank for all this, LOL.

Dale M
3  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sam Posey ..... Racing Legened or unsung Hero ?? on: May 08, 2014, 02:50:32 AM
Yes im a fan too, he even raced F5000 down here in New Zealand in the 70's but unfortunately i never got to see him race!!

I remember him having a small part in the movie "Heart like a Wheel" about Shirley Muldowney

Didn't know about his ill health, sorry to hear.

Dale M
4  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Monterey on: August 15, 2012, 04:44:11 AM
I spoke with Buzz at Somona last year, nice guy and i didn't realize he's owned and raced this Javelin since new, be great to see him in with the HTA guys.

Arup, big bird day tomorrow night!! see you all Friday.

Dale(NZL)
5  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Historic Trans-Am Track Talk at Monterey (Saturday, August 18th @ 2pm) on: August 15, 2012, 04:40:25 AM
This is just fantastic guys, can't miss this so i'll be there!!

Dale(NZL)
6  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Monterey on: August 03, 2012, 03:57:53 AM
OK guys, just couldn't stand it, not been there and all the fun, 39 TA cars and all those Cobra's, i've had sleepless nights just thinkin about it, so flights all booked, another 12 hr non stopper into SFO Thursday 16th and will be at the track Friday to Sunday. Robert, Chad, Jon(and others) see you all there.

(and i get away from mid winter for 10 days, yee har)

Boy, better get though some work, 25 hrs a day 8 days a week until the 16th.

Dale Mathers(NZL)  
7  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Fans of Al Bartz on: June 19, 2012, 03:32:06 AM
Spoke with Phil Henny at the Shelby Nastionals, Watkins Glen 2 weeks ago and purchased his "Al Bartz" book, only just started reading it but it was great to talk with Phil about Al Bartz, great stories from Phil.

Dale Mathers(NZL)
8  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Fans of Al Bartz on: May 27, 2012, 04:10:08 PM
Considered a engine guru down here in New Zealand this book is a must!! he built quite a few jet boat engines for river racing back in the 70's

Dale M
9  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1969 Penske Camaro on: April 25, 2012, 03:31:17 AM
I meet Pat many years ago by chance and have been friends since, im sure he still owns both Camaro's, i think he traded a 427 Cobra on the Penske 69 Camaro, he also has a Penske Lola Can Am car, SB Cobra and 66 Shelby vintage race car. Pat and his son Kiel race with RMVR and feature in "Victory Lane" from time to time.

Very nice guy Pat.

Dale Mathers(NZL)   
10  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sonoma Historic Festival June 1-3 at Infineon on: April 15, 2012, 04:23:54 AM
Im flying up from New Zealand for this, get into SFO Thursday midday and will be at the track Friday and Saturday only!! will enjoy catching a few of you from this forum, then its across to Watkins Glen for the Shelby American club event the following weekend!!

Dale Mathers(NZL)
11  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Roger Penske --- A Modern Major General on: March 27, 2012, 03:13:54 AM
That is a very enjoyable article Jon, thanks for posting!! quite the shaker and mover Mr Penske isn't he? and quite amazing it was written back in 68.

Dale Mathers(NZL)
12  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: This Guy's Garage on: March 15, 2012, 02:10:40 AM
Im sure Mikes Falcon is been worked on by kiwi fabricator Bruce Kimmons over Arizona way!!! as Kimmons done most of the the body/fab work on the Edelbrock cars!! just wish Mike would get it going!!!

Dale Mathers(NZL)
13  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Roy Woods Racing, California Trans-Am racers on: March 15, 2012, 02:04:07 AM
You guys are onto it, unbelievably by chance i spoke with Buzz Dyer at the Somona Historics last year, didn't realize he had owned his Javelin for so long, good on him!! said they won't let him race it in HTA because its dry sump, didn't mention anything about paint? offcourse hes good mates with Ron Grable that raced Bruce302's Pontiac in New Zealand back in the 70's!!

Dale Mathers(NZL)
14  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: General talk about Trans-Am cars, parts, whatever... on: March 14, 2012, 03:48:35 AM
[Moved over here from the "Roy Woods Racing, California Trans-Am racers" thread]



Very cool pictures John, you mention "Bill Collins" who was he? did he own the 71 Javelin after Donahue finished racing it? also are all the TA Javelins that race, factory or independent accounted for?

Dale Mathers(NZL)
15  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photo Gallery for A/Sedan and A-B/Production cars on: January 03, 2012, 09:47:35 PM
Wow, luv the Bob Johnson Falcon, does anyone know if it still exist?

Dale Mathers(NZL)
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