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256  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: October 21, 2013, 10:13:03 PM
Here is a picture taken by Dave Friedman during the 1967 Sebring 4-Hour Trans Am race, Sebring Circuit, Sebring, Florida on March 31, 1967.  In the background, behind the Camaro, you can see a 1967 Ford Fairlane GT with writing on the doors.  This might be the safety car that was used during caution periods during the race and for official track business.  This car did not "pace" the begining of the race because this race began with a standing start.  Instead of a rolling start with a pace car or a LeMans type start where the drivers run to their cars and drive away, this particular race began with all the cars standing on the grid waiting for the flag man to wave the green flag.  The picture is from the Dave Friedman Collection at The Henry Ford.  A larger and clearer version can be seen here: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=155350&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
257  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: October 21, 2013, 09:58:34 PM
Thanks for your recollections Robert.

I was mistaken, it wasn't Sebring it was the 1969 24 hour of LeMans race where "John Woolfe was killed in the first lap of the race at the fast Maison Blanche corners, when he was thrown out of the car because he had not fastened his seat belts due to the traditional Le Mans start procedure. The procedure was abolished the next year."  The organizers of the Sebring race must have changed for 1970 due to this accident.

258  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Bryar Trans-Am photos on: October 21, 2013, 08:12:08 PM
I already posted this picture in the "pace cars" thread because it shows the 1967 Camaro convertible pace car heading towards pit entrance but I also think it belongs here.  The fabulous color picture shows the field just before they got the green flag during the 1967 Bryar Trans Am race.  The front row consists of Jerry Titus who started on pole in his #17 light yellow Mustang and Peter Revson who started second in his #15 red Cougar.  Behind them in the second row you can see Milt Minter in his #78 darker yellow Mustang and Ed Leslie in his red #98 Cougar.  I'm not sure who took the photo but it was posted by Derek Sutton at the Historic SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series Fan Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=694312197249795&set=o.109038482465812&type=3&theater 
259  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: October 20, 2013, 11:39:10 AM
Here is a picture taken by Dave Friedman at the Mission Bell 250 Trans Am race at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, California on September 8, 1968.  Just off to the left of the picture, under the Union 76 sign, you can see the back end of the 1968 or 1969 AMX that was used to pace the race.  The picture is part of the Dave Friedman Collection at The Henry Ford.  A larger and clearer version can seen here: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=122738&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0 

Two more pictures of the car in front of the field on the grid can be seen in Reply #69 on the 5th page of this thread.

Not only did an American Motors AMX pace the race but it seems that during the pre-race activities a group of AMC enthusiasts and important AMC motorsports vehicles were allowed to tour the track and show off.  The 2nd, 3rd and 4th pictures show Javelins, AMXs, an AMX drag car on a trailer and possibly two AMC NASCARs on ramp trucks.  These pictures are also part of the Dave Friedman Collection at The Henry Ford.  Larger and clearer versions can be seen here:

2) http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=122583&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
3) http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=122597&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
4) http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=122577&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
260  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: October 20, 2013, 10:35:18 AM
Scott, the '68 Sebring race also had the Le Mans style start. The '69 Sebring race was the last one for the Le Mans start but it was not on the Trans-Am schedule that year. It was a popular thing to do in that era because of the added bit of flair or drama, but there were some obviously dangerous aspects to it so it was done away with. Jerry Titus' Mustang was rolled in practice the day before the race. The picture you posted is not from the actual day of the race.

Thanks Jon for the clarification, I should have read up on the race instead of just guessing about the accident.

As for the LeMans type start, didn't someone get killed in an early lap accident at Sebring because they started and pulled away before fully fastening their belts?  I seem to remember that this was the final straw that led to the elimination of the LeMans type starts at Sebring for 1970.
261  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: October 19, 2013, 09:41:31 PM
Thanks Jon, I had a feeling it was a LeMans type start from seeing several Friedman pictures of the cars lined up that way before the race.  Is there any reasoning behind why they started that way for this race?  I know they did this kind of start several times in 1966 but none the following years. Did they red flag the race?  It seems strange that all of those corner workers would be standing right in the middle of the racetrack if it was just a local caution.  Maybe they just left the car there for the remainder of the race and this picture taken after the race during the cleanup?
262  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Advertisements and classified ads on: October 19, 2013, 09:38:16 PM
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. Very even tempered. Mean all the time.   Cool

Thanks Jon.  Cool ad!
263  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Advertisements and classified ads on: October 19, 2013, 05:36:35 PM
Here is a cool picture taken by Dave Friedman at the Glen 500 Trans Am race at Watkins Glen, New York on August 10, 1969.  It shows a neat Chevy Camaro Z28 advertising sign located in the pits just above the Penske Camaro.  Does anyone know what the rest of the tagline says? It is part of the Dave Friedman Collection at The Henry Ford.  See a larger and clearer version here: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=178510&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
264  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: October 19, 2013, 04:44:40 PM
All of the above pictures as well as the pictures of the other Trans Am cars that Dave Friedman took of both the 1967 Daytona 300 and the 1967 24 Hour Continental can also be seen on their Flickr page here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thehenryford/sets/72157633092561581/  It is much easier to navigate around the collection in this form.
265  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: October 19, 2013, 04:15:19 PM
Here is a picture taken by Dave Friedman at the spot of the wrecked Mustang of Jerry Titus during the Green Valley 300 Trans Am race which took place at Green Valley Raceway, Smithfield, Texas on April 16, 1967.  Just behind the smashed up car you can see the back of a 1967 Mustang 2+2 with a flag sticking from the trunk.  The car seems to be parked in a runoff area behind the accident.  While I haven't found any other evidence to back it up, this might be the pace car used during the race.  I'll keep looking. The photo is part of the Dave Friedman Collection at the Henry Ford and a larger and clearer version can be seen here: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=94933&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
266  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: October 19, 2013, 12:51:09 PM
Last picture from the 1967 Daytona 300 and 1967 Daytona 24 Hour Continental from the Dave Friedman Collection at the Henry Ford.

Click on the link to see a larger and more detailed version of the attached picture
1) #36 Donohue (24 Hour race): http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=90923&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
267  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: October 19, 2013, 12:45:00 PM
More pictures from the 1967 Daytona 300 and 1967 Daytona 24 Hour Continental from the Dave Friedman Collection at the Henry Ford.

Click on the link to see a larger and more detailed version of the attached pictures
1) #36 Donohue: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=90989&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
2) #36 Donohue: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=90987&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
3) #36 Donohue: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=90980&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
4) #46 Chitwood: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=90979&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
268  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: October 19, 2013, 12:35:36 PM
More pictures from the 1967 Daytona 300 and 1967 Daytona 24 Hour Continental from the Dave Friedman Collection at the Henry Ford.

Click on the link to see a larger and more detailed version of the attached pictures
1) #36 Donohue: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=91036&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
2) #36 Donohue (24 Hour race): http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=91005&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
3) #36 Donohue: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=90993&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
4) #36 Donohue: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=90994&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
269  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: October 19, 2013, 12:29:58 PM
More pictures from the 1967 Daytona 300 and 1967 Daytona 24 Hour Continental from the Dave Friedman Collection at the Henry Ford.

Click on the link to see a larger and more detailed version of the attached pictures
1) #36 Donohue: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=91045&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
2) #36 Donohue: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=91044&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
3) #46 Chitwood: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=91041&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
4) #36 Donohue: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=91039&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
270  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: October 19, 2013, 12:25:21 PM
More pictures from the 1967 Daytona 300 and 1967 Daytona 24 Hour Continental from the Dave Friedman Collection at the Henry Ford.

Click on the link to see a larger and more detailed version of the attached pictures
1) #40 Fisher: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=91165&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
2) #40 Fisher (24 Hour race): http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=91083&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
3) #40 Fisher (24 Hour race): http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=91082&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
4) #39 Moore: http://thehenryford.artehouse.com/perl/magnify_popup.pl?imageID=91046&staticImage=C&ckon=image&alt=0
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