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16  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Brock Yates Camaro on: February 15, 2015, 04:34:30 PM
Thanks for the great info and photos guys. Fascinating to see the rear end pics of this car. I find it curious that there was so much excitement at the time over the vinyl tops on the Penske Camaros in 1969, and yet widening the entire rear bodywork, as shown above, and as on the T/G built Firebirds, generated virtually no interest. I guess it must fit the wording on the rules, in that the side profile of the cars remains unchanged.

Sad to hear the news of Brock Yates.
17  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Watts Linkage And Other Locating Devices on: February 15, 2015, 04:27:16 PM
Keep the pics coming guys, this is great info. Many thanks.
18  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Full-Floaters on: February 15, 2015, 04:26:22 PM
Out of interest, were full floaters used in the Trans-Am pre 1972 era?
19  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Watts Linkage And Other Locating Devices on: February 08, 2015, 06:49:50 PM
Wow, thanks Jon, these are outstanding! The Gary Morgan Camaro is as clean on the underside as it is on top.

Do you have more?
20  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Watts Linkage And Other Locating Devices on: February 07, 2015, 04:59:33 PM
I'd love to see images of the various rear end locating devices used on first gen Camaros, including both sideways movement and tramp/hop prevention devices. What worked? What didn't? Also, did GM supply their own over the counter options?
21  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wanted : pictures of my Camaro in 1972-1979 A Sedan Championship on: January 23, 2015, 03:20:19 PM
Wow, result! Thats fantastic Eric.
22  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Power steering on TA Camaro on: January 22, 2015, 01:51:42 AM
Did the Chaparral Camaros have it?
23  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wanted : pictures of my Camaro in 1972-1979 A Sedan Championship on: January 14, 2015, 07:40:57 PM
There was an Earl Hurlbut who raced a Corvette in the 1977 Watkins Glen 6 Hour sharing with Bob Baechle (#64 gold car pictured). The entry list has both drivers from New York.

Maybe the same guy?

24  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28 on: December 31, 2014, 07:12:08 PM
Wow Jon, outstanding effort! That looks absolutely beautiful! I know its been a hard slog, but you're getting close now.

Don't those Firestone Indy tires just finish it off perfectly. I know they're a bit more pricey, but to my mind they really complete the look.

Its a bit of a shame Goodyear Bluestreaks don't have the small writing and blue stripe on them. They were a great look tire too.
25  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Penske Downforce Mods - '69 Cars on: December 26, 2014, 09:52:47 PM
Donohue said in his book it was to let hot air our from under the hood, and to help cool the rear tires. The downforce theory is interesting. Air trapped beneath the hood probably would have had the effect of lifting the nose at high speeds, but my limited understanding is that the front chin spoiler plus hood cowl scoop would have helped both press the nose into the ground and release trapped air. Maybe the concept of the ducting system was also to release air as well as engine bay heat.

The Penske team were originally planning to fit front tires to their '69 cars that were at least as big as the back tires, hence the heavily flared fenders. But in testing they couldn't get the cars to handle right, so reverted back to smaller front tires.
26  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 67 Camaro on: December 11, 2014, 03:56:12 PM
Sadly there were lots of early Camaros which met their fate on the bullring dirt ovals and short tracks. The most amazing thing about this car is that it has survived at all.

There was another first gen speedway Camaro for sale just recently, which appeared in the movie Clutch, from a couple years ago:
27  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Green Valley Trans-Am photos on: December 11, 2014, 03:51:44 PM
Interesting looking wheels on the Dale Wood Mustang. They look like Cragar SS wheels from this angle.

Also interesting to see how flat the Penske Camaro sits through the corners compared to the Mustangs and Cougars which were much more softly sprung.

Thanks for the compliments, guys.

Close up of Horst Kwech in the Alfa GTA. He and John Pauly's Porsche had a hard fought duel for the win in the second half of the race.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Horst Kwech's teammate Monty Winkler. This looks like it might be the car Kwech usually drives due to the kangaroo on the door.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Bob Johnson has the throttle buried on his Mustang as he blasts down the main straight.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here's Jim Kaufman behind the wheel of Milt Minter's Mustang after relieving him for heat exhaustion.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Dale Wood's Mustang did not make it to the finish.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Fred Baker has John Pauly's white Porsche breathing down his neck. Pauly would go on to win the U-2 class.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Freddy Van Beuren's Mustang ran well. Finished 8th overall.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Tony Adamowicz finished 7th in U-2, 14th overall. The highest placing of the Ford Cortinas.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Charlie Barnes was 8th in U-2, 16th overall.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Craig Fisher's car did not finish the race but made it to lap 115 before the fuel system got clogged.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Here's our race winner, Dan Gurney.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Another shot of Dan with the trophy.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Parnelli Jones, post race. Possibly signing an autograph.

Photo by Jerry Melton

Gurney and Jones finished 1-2 in a dominating performance that had been expected in the first two races but never materialized.
Because of the grueling heat and the pressure from Parnelli, Gurney called this one of the most satisfying wins of his career.

Photo by Jerry Melton
28  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: A 1967 Camaro in the 2015 Heritage Touring Cup Championship on: December 08, 2014, 01:12:04 PM
That is awesome Eric! I'm jealous. Monza will be epic in the Camaro
29  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: New "Muscle Car" digital magazine available on: December 07, 2014, 10:24:47 PM
Thanks so much Jon for letting people know about the new mag. I really appreciate you helping get the word out.

Just so you guys know, I was grateful to be able to tap into Jon's amazing knowledge-base on first gen Camaro race cars when putting together the Penske Camaro story, and Jon also gave permission to use some of the photos from this incredible resource he has put together.

Anyway, about the mag, Muscle Car Digital Magazine is a new magazine that focuses on the history of the muscle car. Its 100% digital, and won't be reproduced in paper form. The reason for this is because its built around including video and audio (as well as text and photos) in the articles, to help portray the stories. Also, the magazine layout is quite different to a traditional paper based magazine, which in digital form, is a bit clumsy and time consuming to navigate.

The mag has initially been designed predominantly for use on tablets, as these are an incredibly fast growing area of the market, with almsot 200 million being sold in 2013, whereas desktop personal computer sales are in decline. However, we're working through the process of also using a different build program so the mag can also be viewed on laptop and desktop computers. I personally use a desktop pc for almost all my work, and I think many others do the same.

We've just released Issue 1 for Android operating systems, such as Samsung Galaxys etc. We're hoping to have the Apple version available shortly also. We have to submit the magazine to the different operating system companies separately and they each review it before giving permission to host it (or not). Each submission is really time consuming, but fortunately only has to be done once.

Anyway, Issue 1 of the magazine features the Penske Camaro raced by Mark Donohue from Round 3 onwards in the 1968 Trans-Am. Once again, my thanks to Jon for his help with this, and also the cars owner Tom McIntyre. The article covers the history of this car, and is about 6,500 words long. We also feature a two owner Australian Valiant Charger R/T E38 that was a race car from new in 1971 and for the first two years of its life, before being sold to the family who still own it. We also have a 1 of 1 optioned Mustang 428 Cobra Jet in New Zealand, a cool collection of AMC motor racing memorabilia, plus event coverage, general muscle car stories etc. There is also a section called Looking Back, in which we ask people to submit their old muscle car images from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Jon has also supplied some neat images of himself and some buddies taking their '69 Camaros for a blast around some Californian roads in 1979. 

So thats it in a nutshell. I'll keep you posted on development regarding the other platforms (such as the iPad version) as they come to light, and also progress on doing a version for desktop/laptop.

Thanks again to Jon.

30  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Brock Yates Camaro on: November 11, 2014, 12:12:57 AM
Just studying this car on the Historic Trans-Am site:

I was puzzled by the curious rear-end body shape, until it dawned on me the car has had the same treatment as the '69 T/G Firebirds with the rear fenders spliced and extra sheet metal added to widen them for the larger tires.

Is this the same car from Brock's 'Sunday Driver' book?
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