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16  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing shock absorbers on: July 08, 2013, 02:20:19 PM
 I found a similar deal 15 yrs ago when I was restoring my Yenko Stinger. Guy in Nebraska had new rear Camaro shocks , which work great on the Stinger with a bottom mount change
17  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: General talk about Trans-Am cars, parts, whatever... on: July 08, 2013, 02:15:37 PM
   The Pitt Camaro is owned by John Miller in Richmond , Indiana.  Spent several days with him and David Tom at the Mecum Auction here in Indy in May. They co-own the Smokey Yunick 1970 454 Camaro
18  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Historic Trans-Am Tech Talk at the Sonoma Historics (Saturday, May 18th @ 12pm) on: May 20, 2013, 12:22:56 PM
   I spent the weekend at the Mecum Auction in Indy with David Tom and John Miller. David is just finishing his book on the TransAm cars . Warren Dernoshek and I were able to add a little info and photos for him. David and John were hoping to sell the 1970 Smokey Yunick Camaro Pilot car ...but no buyer yet.
19  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Smokey Yunick on: April 26, 2013, 04:46:07 PM
       Warren Dernoshek and I had a discussion about the Gene White car last year. Warren talked to Smokey over the years and he confirmed thatcar was his. I have photos of this car in my files.
20  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Corvair on: April 26, 2013, 04:33:29 PM
      Just a few additions to this discussion....Donna Mae Mims entered a Corvair in a TransAm once ....I think in Missouri ...DNF   ...I recall Brock Yates in that race in a Dodge Dart.  Tony D's Corvair was a 1965 , ran as an A/ Sedan..he told me it gave him his first of many race wins..I think at Nelson Ledges.. As a favor , Don Yenko gave him a Yenko Stinger ID tag later and Tony traded the car to his dentist for dental work ! That car now belongs to a friend in Maryland...who also has a red/red  ( rare combo )1969 COPO Camaro.    The Sebring Stinger referred to was raced by Russ McGrotty, a Chevy dealer in N Y ..co-driven by Art Riley,  ( better known as a superb Volvo racer ) and a close friend of Don Y.
21  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Smokey Yunick on: April 18, 2013, 12:56:12 PM
     Vic's car is the 68 we had at Yenko for several years.Well, sort of.... As I recall , when David Tom found it , it was very rusty and he rebodied it before selling it to Vic. It had been acid dipped originally, so the metal was thin to start with.
22  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 69 Z/28 SCCA Racers - Hemmings article on: April 09, 2013, 03:56:41 PM
         I seem to recall that one or both of these guys raced as " Bolus and Snopes racing " sponsored by Chartreuse ( sp ) Liqours. I think they had a mascot mule " Dick Johnson " ?  Also the photo of the Yenko / Grossman 69 Camaro......it was built from 2 cars purchased from the insurance salvage pool in N.J and welded together. It was pretty rough around the edges , but had some " good parts " from GM...rear end, front spindles.    We ran it for several races with a ZL1 427 aluminum block...very fast. The name on the door , Marlbank, was a horse farm in KY. , owned by Mamie Reynolds  of the tobacco family. It was Grossman's car and he and Don ran it in a few TramsAms later.
23  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Metallic brakes on: February 11, 2013, 04:40:42 PM
      Of couse , these drum brake parts were used on Nova, Chevelle  even 65-69 Corvair. I run them on my Vintage Yenko Stinger Just swap them front to rear due to different weight bias. Have one new set on the shelf...impossible to find new .  Material is So hard that we go thru drums before shoes wear down
24  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Show Nov 17 & 18 in Chicago on: November 29, 2012, 06:07:41 PM
           My Yenko Stinger Canadian Prototype was a featured car and received 998 of a possible 1,000 pts in judging. A unique 1 of 1 car, with GM Canada history and paperwork signed by Don Yenko.
25  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Engine photos on: November 29, 2012, 05:36:12 PM
   I was at the Chicago show with my Yenko Stinger Canadian Prototype ( which had high score of the show, 998 /1,000 points )   I was near the AMC display, but had little time to look at the cars and parts. Have always liked AMC underdog status.
26  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Harrison Oil Coolers Used on Early Trans-Am Camaros on: June 29, 2012, 12:09:23 PM
   I have several receipts showing that Yenko bought Harrison coolers from a flying buddy of Don's , Gary Goss at Ardmore Field, I think in Oklahoma.
27  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Corvair on: June 23, 2012, 12:05:33 PM
   Doug ended up with the Bill Thomas 1960  Corvair  which Bill had developed for sedan racing ( another back door Chevy project ). Bill developed the 4 carb , big valve heads which became the 140 hp Corvair engine in 1965. That car now belongs to a friend here in Indiana who restored it to the configuration that Doug last raced it.
28  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Original T/A racing photographs, late 60's & early 70's on: June 13, 2012, 04:15:16 PM
 Re:  Photo of Parnelli and Ruby in Citrus 250...race was won by Don Yenko in recently purchased( by Mike Summers of Best Photo Service ) Yunick Camaro. In my book " The Yenko Era " you will find a photo of Mr. Jones sitting in the Mustang looking very unhappy. He said he was at a disadvantage being a Firestone dealer ,having to use a tire not competitive with latest Goodyears. Also , I recall he had trouble with the shifter.
29  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 69 Penske vinyl roof on: April 02, 2012, 04:07:28 PM
   I remember Richard Petty's  Plymouth Road Runner having a vinyl roof about the same time in Nascar. I may have a photo in my archives
30  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Firebird and the Trans-Am series on: February 16, 2012, 06:42:28 PM
If I remember correctly, Buck Baker was given the inventory of 303 Pontiac engines to run in NASCAR's Grand american series , where you ran ovals and could keep the revs up with tight gearing. I think he won the championship once or twice. With the big intake passsages, lt had the same problem as the Mustang 302 tunnelport in 1968, torque at lower RPM. A real bear at higher RPM , but did not pull well off the corners.
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