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1  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: November 28, 2013, 04:59:15 PM
There was a Dwight Knupp from Southfield, MI who ran a Barracuda in '67, car #64. Possible relative of Ike Knupp? I suspect the car at RA was Dwight's car.

Yes, Jon, I'm sure you are correct....Dwight Knupp.
2  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Racing AMX Information on: November 28, 2013, 01:22:49 PM
Photo from the pace lap of the 1967 Road America June Sprints.  I believe that's Ike Knupp on the outside of the fourth row.  And my father on the outside of the 5th row in his red/white 1963 Corvette.
3  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: IROC Camaros on: August 19, 2013, 02:02:29 PM
Scott Shadel drove a former IROC Camaro co-owned by Fred Braun in CenDiv Nationals and some IMSA races in the 80's...
4  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1972 Trans-Am season review on: July 30, 2013, 09:25:21 AM
ARRC Coverage from SCCA's Sports Car magazine. The American Road Race of Champions race at the end of
the 1972 race season crowned Warren Tope and his Camaro as the National Champion in A-Sedan that year.
(Jon Mello Collection)



The "Carl Shafer" Camaro referenced in this article is the 1969 Camaro my father purchased from Carl and raced from 1974 thru 1984, winning the GT1 National Championship in 1980.  The car was built by John and Burt Greenwood and was driven to the 1969 A Sedan National Championship by Bill Petree (owned by Greenwood).  It then went to Marshall Robbins, then Shafer, then my father...
5  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Heavy duty GM 12-bolt axles on: April 26, 2013, 09:57:41 PM
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Ed Bertrand sent me a listing from his 1971 Chevy P&A catalog showing the jobber price of $22.84 for one of these axles back them. Over the weekend, the pair above sold for over $2500!



Wow...who knew!

We had 4 axles we rotated for several racing seasons.  Eventually, we came to fear a failure and replaced them with axle's from Strange Engineering...

http://www.strangeengineering.net/catalog/pdf/081.pdf

I'm sure we just tossed the original axles years ago...
6  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro on: April 07, 2013, 08:04:51 PM
Looking at those photos reminds me how much I hated changing the gear ratio's in those rear ends... About the only task I disliked.  And about the only race car smell I disliked was rear end grease.  I was probably 13 or 14 when I inherited the task.  I could hardly lift the center section in the beginning.   I always picked up a few cuts on the fingers. Torquing the ring gear and tightening the pinion nut...   And usually finished up with a stiff neck!  We raced a '69 Camaro from 1973 to 1984, about 8 - 10 races a year.  We had 5 or 6 different gear ratio's we worked with.  Can't imagine how many times I crawled under there for that task
7  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photo Gallery for A/Sedan and A-B/Production cars on: February 07, 2013, 09:51:54 AM
There is an ex Jerry Dunbar Corvette race car now listed on ebay.

Robert Barg

The car started life as a 1968 Corvette.  Dave McLymont of Wheaton, IL started it's transformation into a race car.  My father and I finished it's construction over the winter of 1972.  We raced the car 10 times in 1973 in SCCA National Central Division races.  We won 5 races, had 3 second place fiishes, 1 dnf and 1 dns.  We finished 2nd overall and 2nd in B Production at the 1973 June Sprints to Bill Jobe, who was driving the ex-Alan Barker Corvette, and finished 2nd in the 1973 Central Division National points, to Mike Manner of Dearborn, MI.  At the 1973 B Production runoffs, we qualified on the front row, 2nd to Bill Jobe, in the first qualifying session.  We lost the motor in the second qualifying session and did not start the race.

The car was purchased at the end of the 1973 race season by Rusty and Max Schmidt.  They raced the car in SCCA and IMSA events for the next decade or more.  They still own the car to this day.  It is Max who has the car listed for sale on Ebay...  A lot of memories...
8  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Are these ex-Trans Am Camaros racing at multiple Daytona 24 hour races? on: January 17, 2013, 11:03:35 AM
from what robert says, the ex chaparral mo carter camaro was parted out. is the car that runs now as a chaparral camaro in historic trans-am the former sid rust car ? am I correct in assuming that agor car now also vintage raced, is the third ex chaparral car,now orange and running #13 ?  any body give some input ?

  mike

If it's the former Sid Rust Chaparral, then it's also the former Marshall Robbins Trans Am Camaro...  Same car...

Sid Rust at the 1974 SCCA Runoffs in his ex Chaparral/ex Marshall Robbins Camaro...
9  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Are these ex-Trans Am Camaros racing at multiple Daytona 24 hour races? on: January 15, 2013, 10:25:55 AM
from what robert says, the ex chaparral mo carter camaro was parted out. is the car that runs now as a chaparral camaro in historic trans-am the former sid rust car ? am I correct in assuming that agor car now also vintage raced, is the third ex chaparral car,now orange and running #13 ?  any body give some input ?

  mike

If it's the former Sid Rust Chaparral, then it's also the former Marshall Robbins Trans Am Camaro...  Same car...
10  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Warren Fairbanks #96 on: October 20, 2012, 09:56:07 AM
Very sorry to hear of Warrens's passing, Mike...  I have many fond memories.  My condolences to his family and friends. 
11  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: For All of You That Want to Own A Trans Am Race Car on: October 15, 2012, 10:03:28 PM
The #28 Camaro was raced by Vincent Scavo at the 1980 and 1981 Road Atlanta Runoffs...  It finished 9th in 1980 and 18th (dnf) in 1981.

Thanks. Can you tell us who the driver of the car was when it was raced back in the '70s and early '80s?

"A real 1969 Z/28, Raced 1973-1981. SCCA A/S, Imsa 1978, GT-1 to 1981. Runoffs 80-81, Professionally restored, all period parts still on car.  Original builder / driver , crew chief from 79-81 available. Many photo's and documents included.
  SCCA roll bar number, original Vin tag on car.
Some spares, two extra sets of wheels, steel and whats on car. 302 dz block. orig parts...
  Sold as is, may cancel any time item for sale other locations."

Ebay seller: bob4parts   location: Fairfield County, CT



12  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photo Gallery for A/Sedan and A-B/Production cars on: September 07, 2012, 06:34:58 PM
I had heard that it was an ex-Chapparal Camaro also.

At this race Warren was the fastest A Sedan qualifier with Sid Rust 2nd fastest.  In the race, Warren and Sid had a great battle until Warren's motor broke. It appeared it would be an easy win for Sid as he had a large lead in A Sedan. But everybody forgot about David Jungerman in the Baby Tenda Camaro (ex-Walter Parkins Camaro). David started dead last and charged though the field to catch Sid Rust and go on to win A Sedan.

I'd have to do some digging to remind myself the details of this race, but I do recall my father was running 2nd to Sid when retiring from the race with a flat left rear tire...
13  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Photo Gallery for A/Sedan and A-B/Production cars on: September 07, 2012, 06:32:23 PM
I had heard that it was an ex-Chapparal Camaro also.

At this race Warren was the fastest A Sedan qualifier with Sid Rust 2nd fastest.  In the race, Warren and Sid had a great battle until Warren's motor broke. It appeared it would be an easy win for Sid as he had a large lead in A Sedan. But everybody forgot about David Jungerman in the Baby Tenda Camaro (ex-Walter Parkins Camaro). David started dead last and charged though the field to catch Sid Rust and go on to win A Sedan.

Sid's Camaro was indeed an ex-Chaparral Camaro.  Prior to Sid, it was owned and raced in Trans Am by Marshall Robbins - maintained by Bill Spangler.  After Sid, it was raced by Jim Kersey out of Ohio, then was raced by Bill Cooper out of California.


Sid and his wife Nancy were amongst our very best racing friends over all the years.  As a youth, my very first beer and cigar were courtesy of Sid - at a small diner just outside Road Atlanta.  I was likely 15 or 16 at the time!  I have years worth of Sid and Nancy stories...  Does anyone else know that Sid once raced a turbine powered Sprint car?
14  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Marshall Robbins - Carl Shafer on: September 02, 2012, 08:11:13 AM
Here's another shot of Bill Petree in the car during the 1969 ARRC race. This is from a Champion spark plug ad.



Fantastic, Jon!  Now to find a few photos of the car when raced by Marshall Robbins (in 1970)...  It was orange/black #24 when driven by Marshall...
15  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Marshall Robbins - Carl Shafer on: June 27, 2012, 03:15:54 PM
Hell of an impact!!! WOW!!!   I can't pause it well enough to tell......did he strike another car or is that just armco and a tree???

klvn8r


Mickey Agee in his Corvette had already hit the guardrail and flipped upside down, landing parallel to the guardrail.  My dad went in backwards into the drivers side of the Corvette, driving both thru the guardrail, then spun around 180 and hit a tree head on, raising the rear of the Camaro about 5 feet high.  Mickey suffered a badly broken ankle, (along with other less severe injuries) requiring it to be fused during surgery.  Incredibly lucky he wasn't more severely injured.   My dad broke his right hand on the gear shift knob, and had his gall bladder "flip" (from the tree impact), requiring it to be removal...

I have film, transferred to DVD, of the entire accident, starting with Jim Fitzgerald sliding off the track...  Eighteen cars were involved, most  of them were destroyed...
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