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1  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014 on: April 24, 2014, 04:27:30 PM
I've heard T/A is coming to COTA in Austin Tx this fall.....might google that too.

klvn8r
2  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: February 04, 2014, 08:21:39 PM
All AMC front row??? Wink
3  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: December 11, 2013, 08:53:55 PM
Was "heavy damage at St. Jovite" 1968 or 69?  Huh  I thought it was 69.....and that would mean that a "new" car got bent really hard.  Both 68 cars had a pretty good life.  Those 69 cars got beat up!

klvn8r
4  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: December 08, 2013, 08:58:35 PM
I don't have any of my books or pictures handy, but I don't think that I ever came up with a 100% idea on the Don White #2 car.  Obviously, he/it didn't run, as #2 was Ford/Revson, right???  Last summer, my brother and I spent several hours with Ronnie Kaplan, and I think we even overwhelmed him with all of our info and pictures.    Back in the day, magazine articles etc listed 'customer cars' and such at RKE....too bad that was over 40 years ago.   I'll say this, that Dewar Javelin has rear flares that look an awful lot like RKE 69 T/A Javelin.  And I agree with Steve....the 'third' 69 team car was one of the leftover 68 cars (Follmers or Revsons).

klvn8r
5  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: December 06, 2013, 01:28:13 PM
Came home yesterday.....just beating the big ice storm.  Mid 20s now and ice everywhere....wife and kids home too, so its kinda busy. 
As for the AMX's, the only one of these that I know anything about, is the TEAM car, because I spent some time with Jim Alexander while at an AMO National Convention.  He was interested in talking with me as I vintage race a 68 AMX, and he was helping a buddy run an MG in some vintage events as well.   I'm just pointing out what Alexander told me PERSONALLY, its not third-hand information to me.....but I can see how it is questionable from another perspective.  When Jim said that he and Phil Toney went out there LOOKING for the car and it was reported to them "it must be gone/crushed..."   Well, that's my take on it.  Jim and Phil were two of the lead men on the whole project, and I would assume to be the most familiar with the car and its construction.  If Randall did keep it for awhile after getting it from Brooker, I can see it receiving updates etc, and that would be great.  I'd love to see it saved and restored to TEAM status, trust me, there's not alot of 'historic' AMC stuff out there, and what is still out there, well, I have some opinions on some of these cars too.  Unfortunately, these hi$toric car$ have become very desirable, so sometimes having a 'better story' makes a car more pricey.  I think you know what I'm trying to say.... (On a side note, I think its funny that Camaro and Mustang stuff has become so 'valuable' that AMCs have suddenly attained a level of 'cool' that didn't exist 15 years ago...)    Steve, if you do happen to make it out to Randall, I'd love to hear and see what you uncover.  I think there are probably SEVERAL treasures of AMC loot out there.  If you do determine that it is the car and can buy it, please restore it to its 1969 glory and RACE it!

PS--now that I'm home, I'll try to look at the pics more closely on a real screen, not a silly little phone.  I think you might have some valid points here...  As for the Canada cars, I'd love to hear more....my AMX came out of White Rock, B.C.

klvn8r
6  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: December 04, 2013, 06:44:20 PM
Well, I'm sitting here in the hospital with a new hip, so I'll try to catch up a bit and interject.  After the 69 season, the TEAM car was sold and raced  by Brad Booker (or Brooker, not sure of spelling) for most of the year.  I recall something about Brooker saying "....the racecar had to go, or the wife was going to go....car lost."  And I'm pretty sure that he sold it to Randall.  I've got a pic of it at Green Valley Raceway in the pics, sporting No. 6 (not 60, like Knupp had).  I also recall Alexander telling me that Randall had a few racecars out there, but that they weren't the TEAM car.  Also, the TEAM car only had a 4 point bar, no 'cage'.   We were trying to keep it light.  (scary that some BB Vettes were the same way!)  Those later Randall pics also have some pretty good flares up front.

John, please feel free to email me any AMC stuff, I got lots of it.  Also, we might need to start a thread on the Bob Hennig Javelin....it ran IMSA and ASedan.  Lots of missing info on that car, and I have a few ideas about it.

klvn8r
7  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: December 01, 2013, 05:23:57 PM
I also agree.  Thanks for the inclusion of this 'not Camaro' stuff.   Its hard to admit it this but, I just saw two AMX pictures that I have NEVER previously seen, and they were on the Camaro T/A website.  Way to go, guys!!!

klvn8r
8  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: November 29, 2013, 10:09:59 PM
Here is the 69 AMX that ran Sebring in 1970. 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehenryford/6761393921/in/set-72157629028742651

klvn8r
9  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: November 29, 2013, 12:32:07 PM
Neat picture.  In this one, the fenders haven't been opened up....hmmm....is it an early pic?  Also, no front bumper.  SCCA rules stated that bumpers that weren't part of the bodywork were removable.  But wow, what they gained in weight loss, they probably lost in aero.  :^)

klvn8r
10  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: November 28, 2013, 09:23:38 PM
Yes, Dwight 'Ike' Knupp.....he was an electronics guy at Chrysler before AMC brought him on board.  His son is an active racer as well.

klvn8r
11  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: November 19, 2013, 08:59:56 AM
The TEAM car did eventually end up out at Randall, but in a discussion with Alexander about 15 yrs ago +/- he said that he and Phil Toney went out there looking for it, and were told that it got crushed... Cry  As for the the slower Vette and bent valve....I know I've seen/heard that story before, just can't seem to remember where or who....  Probably one of the AMC books from the 80's.   

I just hope that a "clone" doesn't pop up and claim to be 'the one'.

klvn8r
12  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: November 18, 2013, 05:59:21 PM
That is Ike Knupp in the TEAM (Technical Employees of American Motors) AMX.    A factory basement effort headed up by Jim Alexander and Knupp.  Car was run in 69 and I believe won the Cen-Div that year.  They went to Daytona for the runoffs, and I've read that Knupp was leading Alan Barker when something broke.   There is a Corvette book (about the L-88??) where Delorenzo or Thompson  mentions Knupp out-qualifying all of the BP Vettes and many of the AP cars.  This picture might be in that book....it looks slightly familiar.  Nice find, SMK!!!

klvn8r

PS--the car pictured on the SSAMX site is a different AMX than the one pictured above.  Knupp did enter a race or two driving that one....but the car in the pic with the Cobras is not it.  After speaking with Alexander many years ago, we determined that the original car was most likely lost. 
13  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: November 01, 2013, 01:04:51 PM
Hmmm,  I'm not familiar with the museum donation info, could be true, I suppose.  But at the 55 second point in the video, the guy in the back of the car is clearly OUTSIDE of it....pretty sure there weren't two of those cars built.   Strange.

klvn8r
14  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: October 30, 2013, 11:28:13 PM
That would be the Jeffords AMX-R  (Ramble seat where the trunk was).  Notice the photogs in back. 

klvn8r
15  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: October 21, 2013, 07:06:19 AM
If you're leaning toward a modern lighter caliper, check SVRA, but not medallion classes.  You'd be shocked at how well iron calipers etc can be improved....160 mph Corvettes use them reliably.

Klvn8r
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