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1  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Watts Linkage And Other Locating Devices on: April 25, 2015, 02:30:27 AM
Thanks Jon, these are great pics.
2  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro on: April 25, 2015, 02:29:46 AM
1971 and 1972.

That's a great looking car. Interesting he chose to retain the 68 hood rather than fit a 69 cowl hood.
3  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New "Muscle Car" digital magazine available on: April 23, 2015, 11:16:03 PM
ok I downloaded it on my macbook, I just can't figure out how to open it. Can it only be opened on a iPad for some reason?

ok, I checked 're the MacBook, sounds like it's some sort of apple laptop? Anyway, you should hopefully be able to view the mag with that device when our laptop/desktop version is available, which will hopefully be next week, all going well.
4  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New "Muscle Car" digital magazine available on: April 23, 2015, 11:13:20 PM
Thanks Jon, yes I agree 're Bridgehampton.
5  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New "Muscle Car" digital magazine available on: April 22, 2015, 11:43:57 PM
Tom sent me several images to go with the article on his Penske Camaro, some of which I didn't include for various reasons, such as, the quality was not good, or the photographer wasn't known. One such was this cool pic of the Camaro on the back of the Penske transporter which I wanted to share with you guys. You might know who the photographer is Jon if you've seen this one before?

6  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New "Muscle Car" digital magazine available on: April 22, 2015, 11:37:35 PM
ok I downloaded it on my macbook, I just can't figure out how to open it. Can it only be opened on a iPad for some reason?

Um, good question. I will check on that one and come back to you.
7  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New "Muscle Car" digital magazine available on: April 22, 2015, 11:36:56 PM
Definitely a great story that this car was fortunate enough to lead pretty much a charmed existence throughout its life. Too bad this is the exception rather than the rule.

Ain't that the truth!
8  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New "Muscle Car" digital magazine available on: April 22, 2015, 07:53:18 PM
Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed that. These sorts of photos always interest me. There is a period that old race cars go through, whereby they're no longer competitive as front-line race cars, yet they're also not old enough to have gained historic significance. As a result, they don't have a lot of value.

This is the period where they're at their most vulnerable. Some are cut up and modified beyond recognition to stay competitive, some are pushed out into the elements, to sit in a field and battle the elements, while some are scrapped altogether. But some manage to survive, relatively unscathed, either through being parked up and stored somewhere until they appreciate, or through being fortunate enough to have a series of owners who, for whatever reason, retain them at the level they were originally built. Thats the case with this car. It changed hands approx every two years from 1968 through to when Tom McIntyre bought it in the 1980s, and somehow survived that period in amazing original condition.
9  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New "Muscle Car" digital magazine available on: April 20, 2015, 05:09:22 PM
It has always fascinated me to see high profile race cars later in their careers as they've worked their way down the line through various owners. Consider the 1968 Trans-Am season, the cars that came together to compete for that season, and how they then dispersed in the years that followe.

Tom McIntyre sent me this pic of Bruce Belcher, who was one of the later owners of the Penske Camaro we featured in Issue 1, which Tom has owned since the 1980s. I'm guessing this pic was taken sometime during the late 1970s. Its interesting to see how little has changed on this car. This is virtually as Tom bought it a few years later. Many Trans-Am and A/Sedan cars were cut up during the 1970s as sedan rules became quite far removed from those through to 1972. But somehow this car remained unscathed.

When Bruce owned the Camaro, it was almost locked into a time-warp from when Penske bought it back off Sam Posey in 1969, updated it to '69 Penske Camaro specs with the yellow Minilites etc, and kept it as their back-up car should any of the factory Ford teams try to eliminate Donohue.

Thanks Tom for the photo.

10  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: A 1967 Camaro in the 2015 Heritage Touring Cup Championship on: April 02, 2015, 07:59:16 PM
Those are PS Engineering wheels, they were on the car when Eric bought it.
11  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: April 02, 2015, 05:57:34 PM
Unfortunately, it was likely the overzealous references to Traco Engineering that resulted in the cars no-sale in the first auction, and its depressed sale price in the second. The sales piece of this was written by someone whose primary interest was not based on a genuine historical representation of the car/engine.

Looking at the engine photos in the Hemmingís, it is an LS based platform 327 CID (not a Gen I SBC) with what appears to be a Borla, cross ram EFI system. This powertrain may have been developed during the Jim Jones or Larry Salisbury stewardship of the Traco name, however it is without doubt a stretch to infer there is any relationship to the original Traco Engineering.

Donít get me wrong, the car certainly has potential to be a fun resto-mod driver or track day car. There is nothing wrong with building a tribute car, just represent it as such. The number 6 on the door and original Traco decals make it look more like an Elvis impersonator then a car with genuine historical significance.



Well this is vague, but is anyone familiar with this car? Obviously not a Trans-Am car, but said to be Traco built, FIA approved. Here is the auction guff that went with it:

Founded by Jim Travers and Frank Coon, Traco Engineering (an amalgam of the partnersís last names) built the engines that dominated a variety of racing series (including Can-Am and Trans Am) throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s. A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 race car, said to have been prepared by Traco and fitted with a Traco-built 327-cu.in. V-8,
More info here: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2015/04/02/traco-built-fia-approved-1969-chevy-camaro-z28-race-car-sells-for-55000-in-florida/?refer=news




Yep, thats about how I saw it too.
12  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: A 1967 Camaro in the 2015 Heritage Touring Cup Championship on: April 02, 2015, 02:24:53 PM
Thats awesome Eric! The two vehicle is pretty cool too.

Do you only get one race per event?
13  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: April 02, 2015, 02:23:49 PM
Well this is vague, but is anyone familiar with this car? Obviously not a Trans-Am car, but said to be Traco built, FIA approved. Here is the auction guff that went with it:

Founded by Jim Travers and Frank Coon, Traco Engineering (an amalgam of the partnersís last names) built the engines that dominated a variety of racing series (including Can-Am and Trans Am) throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s. A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 race car, said to have been prepared by Traco and fitted with a Traco-built 327-cu.in. V-8, crossed the stage in Fort Lauderdale last weekend, selling for the bargain-basement price of $55,000 including buyerís fees.

The 1969 Camaro offered was claimed to be one of two prepared by Traco Engineering to International Federation of Automobile (FIA) specifications, though it isnít clear if the car was raced either domestically or abroad. The Traco-modified 327-cu.in. V-8 is said to be original, and has reportedly been dyno tested to produce 500 horsepower. Though the car wears SCCA stickers, itís unclear if a current vehicle logbook is included, or if it meets the safety requirements of vintage racing organizations in its current form.

Last offered for sale at Mecumís May 2014 Indianapolis, Indiana, auction, the car then bid to a high price of $105,000 but failed to meet its reserve. Offered in Fort Lauderdale with no reserve, the car sold for a fee-inclusive price of $55,000, which is considerably less than it would cost to build a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Trans-Am clone to this standard, Traco engine aside.  Even without a documented history of racing wins, this could well have been the auctionís biggest bargain.

More info here: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2015/04/02/traco-built-fia-approved-1969-chevy-camaro-z28-race-car-sells-for-55000-in-florida/?refer=news

14  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New "Muscle Car" digital magazine available on: March 08, 2015, 03:33:13 PM
Thanks, much appreciated. Yes that shot is from Meadowdale, as is the one used on the front cover. They are both by Pete Luongo.

Is that Roger down near the front fender signalling to Mark?
15  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New "Muscle Car" digital magazine available on: March 08, 2015, 02:56:30 AM
Hi everyone, I'm very pleased to finally announce the Apple version for Muscle Car Digital Magazine is now finally available, for users of Apple iPads and iPhones. There were lengthy delays due to us wanting to give Issue 1 away for free download, whereas Apple are set up to charge for downloads. We got there in the end though.

We are close to also having a version of the mag available for desktop and laptop computers.

The Apple version of Issue 1 is Free, and available for download here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/muscle-car-digital/id958945371?mt=8

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