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256  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Corvair on: November 13, 2013, 10:54:13 AM
Scott, Donna's car was pink and the one you can barely make out in the top picture is her car but the white car in the other two photos is not.

Sorry 'bout that.  I should have known her car was pink.  In addition the white car does not even have the traditional Stinger stripe.  It's probably just a regular street driven Corvair.  Thanks for the correction Jon. 

Here is a picture of her car from a race at Mid Ohio.  I found it here: http://classicmotorsports.net/forum/classic-cars/donna-mae-mims-vintage-photos/24781/page1/
257  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 13, 2013, 10:47:18 AM
Thanks for posting those, Scott. Roger West was the driver of the Joie Chitwood Camaro. The Z-28 with the front plate was driven by Corwin/Lynd
and the #48 in the last photo was driven by Dick Hoffman, a GM Proving Ground engineer. He was not in a Mustang.

Also, Donna Mae Mims' Corvair was pink, not white. There is some glare in that picture which threw you off.

Thanks for the info Jon.  I should have known about the pink Corvair.  Brain cramp!
258  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 13, 2013, 08:42:44 AM
On the autocourse.ca website this Camaro is credited to Richard Hoffman but in the race recap clipping it states that R. Hoffman finished in 12th place driving a Mustang.  Was this a misprint in the clipping or is this someone else?
259  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Corvair on: November 13, 2013, 08:30:07 AM
While not an official SCCA Trans Am race, a Yenko Corvair Stinger did run in Les 4 Heures du Circuit Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant.  This  was a four hour race for Trans Am type cars held on May 21, 1967 at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, Québec, Canada.  According to the race results clipping, originally posted by Jon Mello in the 1967 season review thread, Donna Mae Mimms was the driver. The car did not finish the race, stopping on lap 18 due to ignition and clutch failure. 

You can see the rear end and the striped roof of the white Stinger parked behind the Camaro in the first picture. 

The front end of the Stinger can be seen at the top of the second picture above the roof of the Mustang.

The front end of the Stinger can also be seen to the upper right in the third picture above the hood of the Falcon.

The pictures can be seen here: http://www.autocourse.ca/photos/saison1967/transam/transam/transam.html
260  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 13, 2013, 07:50:11 AM
Here are a few more photos from Les 4 Heures du Circuit Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, held on May 21, 1967.  They can also be found here: http://www.autocourse.ca/photos/saison1967/transam/transam/transam.html

1) Winning Camaro #56 of Dick Guldstrand/Tom Payne
2) Camaro #5 of Bob Brown.  This car did not finish due to engine failure on lap 104.
3) Three Camaros fighting for position
4) Nearly stock RS Z28 Camaro with front license plate!  Is this the Camaro of Corwin/Lynd or the Camaro of R. West?  These are the other two Camaros listed in the race recap clipping posted by Jon Mello. 
261  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 13, 2013, 07:44:38 AM
Some great pictures of Les 4 Heures du Circuit Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, held on May 21, 1967 can be seen here: http://www.autocourse.ca/photos/saison1967/transam/transam/transam.html  The photos are courtesy of Yves St-Jean and the CASC Archives.

Several Camaros participated in this event and I have attached a few of the best pictures of them.

The first photo shows the start of the race.  You can see the flag man about to waive the green flag for the standing start.  The light blue #56 Camaro is the winning car of Dick Guldstrand/Tom Payne.  It completed 118 laps.

The second photo shows the #24 Camaro of Don Yenko and Jerry Thompson.  The car did not finish due to a suspension problem on lap 103.  You can also see the white Yenko Stinger Corvair just behind the Camaro in this picture.  It was driven by Donna Mae Mimms but failed to finish due to ignition and clutch failure on lap 18.

The third photo shows the #1 Camaro of Joie Chitwood.  Did Chitwood drive this car or was it Corwin/Lynd, the only other Camaro drivers mentioned in the article race recap to finish the race?

The fourth photo shows the #777 Camaro of Craig Fisher.  This car did not finish due to an engine failure on lap 51.
262  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: November 11, 2013, 10:33:50 PM
Here is a picture I found in the 1969 Trans Am season review thread on this web site (posted by Jon Mello) that shows the rear end of a 1969 Camaro convertible as it heads into pit lane after the opening pace laps of the Trans Am race at Bridgehampton Race Circuit, Bridgehampton, New York on June 22, 1969.  I'd be willing to bet that it is the same 1969 Camaro RS/SS Indy Pace Car convertible that was used to pace the Bridgehampton Grand Prix Can Am race three months later on September 14, 1969.

See the footage of the Can Am race here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJI-wnFkVoI

While the footage is entitled, "Bridgehampton 1968 Can Am home video" it also contains footage of the 1969 Can Am race at the same track. I can tell by the look of the racecars that the footage is from two different years. You can see the Camaro in pit lane with Stirling Moss standing by the open drivers door between 8:04 and 8:07. He is the one in the white pants and he was probably the driver of the pace car. Notice the orange door panel, seats, and boot that shows it is an Indy Pace Car. Also notice the after market wheels. You can see the Camaro coming into pit lane as the Can Am cars get the green flag after the pace lap between 8:07 and 8:14.

I paused the footage and took a digital picture of the Camaro in the pits in front of the grid before the pace laps.
263  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 10, 2013, 05:00:34 PM
It's also interesting to read that Leslie was definately not in favor of the LeMans type start that he had just experienced at Green Valley and earlier in the year at Sebring.  You can tell in his comments at the end of the article that he was worried about the safety risks in this type of start.
264  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: November 10, 2013, 04:52:10 PM
Here is one of the coolest photos featuring a pace car paciing a Trans Am race I have come across.  This is a beautiful color picture of the 1969 Camaro RS/SS Indy Pace Car convertible pacing Les Trois Heures du Circuit Trans Am race at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, St. Jovite, Quebec, Canada on August 3, 1969.   The picture was taken during the caution laps after the huge multi-car wreck.  Check out the missing front end of the Jerry Titus Firebird in third place behind the two Penske Camaros.  I found the picture here: http://www.autocourse.ca/index.php?file=photos.html

See a few more pictures of this car in Reply #84 on page six of this thread.
265  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: November 08, 2013, 11:51:21 PM
I also came across this nice shot taken by someone from the Denver Post just at the start of the 1967 Continental Divide Trans Am race at Continental Divide Raceways, Castle Rock, Coloroado on August 27, 1967.  You can see the 1967 Ford Mustang convertible in the pit lane just after the Trans Am cars got the green flag to begin the race.  I found the picture here: http://blogs.denverpost.com/library/category/cars/

More pictures of this pace car can be seen in reply #81 on page six and reply #91 on page seven of this thread.
266  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 08, 2013, 11:30:38 PM
While it was produced by Mercury and obviously focused on the Bud Moore Cougar race team, the documentary entitled "Cougar Caper" is a must watch for anyone interested in seeing color film footage of the 1967 Trans Am season.  Races covered in depth include Daytona, Sebring, Green Valley, Marlboro and Kent

Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Epz2Ari5SEM

Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVp5LZN-ksk

Part Three: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TexJQfWCM1Q

I took a couple of shots of some of the Camaros that appear throughout the film while the footage was paused.  (These are from Daytona in Part One)
267  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: November 08, 2013, 10:56:59 PM
While watching the Mercury produced 1967 Trans Am season retrospective entitled "Cougar Caper" on Youtube I noticed that a 1967 Shelby Mustang was used as the pace car for the 1967 Kent 300 Trans Am race at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington on October 8, 1967.  I am not sure if it is a GT 350 or GT 500 because you can only see the car from the front but it does seem odd to me that they would still be using a 1967 model year car to pace a race that took place in October of 1967.  By this late date the 1968 model year cars would have been available to the public for several months.  You can see the Shelby on the pace lap from 0:22 to 0:37 in the following footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TexJQfWCM1Q

I took a photo with my digital camera while the footage was paused.
268  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 05, 2013, 05:56:14 PM
I believe this last picture is an interior shot of the Penske Camaro driven by Mark Donohue at the 1967 Green Valley Trans Am race.  Notice that it says "THINK" in the middle.

Click on the link below to see a larger and clearer version of the picture.

http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95024&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
269  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 05, 2013, 05:53:31 PM
Here are four more pictures featuring the #16 Camaro driven by Mark Donohue at the 1967 Green Valley Trans Am race weekend.  They were probably taken during practice.

Click on the corresponding link to see a larger and clearer version of each picture.

1st: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=94909&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
2nd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95026&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
3rd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95042&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
4th: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95029&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
270  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: November 05, 2013, 05:49:05 PM
These four pictures feature the #16 Camaro driven by Mark Donohue at the 1967 Green Valley Trans Am race.  He finished in fourth place, six laps down to the winner Dan Gurney.

Click on the corresponding link to see a larger and clearer version of each picture.

1st: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=94869&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
2nd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95084&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
3rd: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95102&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
4th: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=95117&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0

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